Spring is here and market season is about to begin! The Columbia City Farmers Market (CCFM) will open Wednesday, May 2, from 3-7 p.m. with plenty of fresh greens, early vegetables and a lovely selection of plant starts and other nursery items. Additionally, the market features a variety of year-round items such as organic eggs and meats, fish, preserves, baked goods, honey and cheeses.
Columbia City is turning 100 this year and opening day at CCFM will kick-off the neighborhood's centennial celebration with old-time music, an antique farm equipment display and other goodies to get the heritage party started.
Starting at 3:30 p.m., local favorites Miles and Karina will provide eccentric tunes with a western flair and children will enjoy a fun activity under the kids' tent. All events are free and open to the public.
CCFM is located at the Columbia Plaza, 4801 Rainier Ave. S. at S. Edmunds. Parking tokens are available for free lots reserved for market shoppers. Street parking is available, but market days can be crowded.
CCFM is operated by the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Washington state's small-scale farmers by providing good direct sales sites in Seattle neighborhoods. More than 53,000 shoppers visited the market in 2006.
For more information, call 632-5234 or visit www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org.
WHAT'S RIPE AND READY THIS MONTH?
Flower & vegetable starts