What are the top three reasons for shopping at a farmers market?
To buy local and to eat freshly prepared food. Plus, you can get Commellini’s frozen meals to take home for supper! It has been so rewarding to see the same families coming to the market now, week after week, and bringing their friends.
How do you think the Fairwood Farmers Market differs from other Spokane markets?
Fairwood is just a stone’s throw from local farms. A lot of our vendors invite their customers to drive up for a visit. Also, our local music makes a difference. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll see someone you know performing during the market. We’ve had a Marimba band from Evergreen Elementary, a local jazz guitar and vocalist ensemble from Whitworth, and an 11-year-old fiddle player from a local church.
How has the market been impacting the Fairwood community?
I am hopeful that this will be another step toward revitalization of the Fairwood Shopping District. Our neighborhood already has a sense of identity. Now if we can add to it with walkable destinations like a Farmers Market, a favorite pub or martini bar, an upscale coffee shop and local Thai food restaurant, we’ve really got something. Perhaps all of the Fairwood Center can eventually be built out. There’s still lots of vacant land here. I’d also like to see a bike shop with rentals, a summer ice cream outlet, maybe local pizza. We need improved trails behind Bozarth Mansion along the Little Spokane River.
How has the market differed or grown from the beginning of summer to now?
We tried monthly markets in June and July on the first Tuesday. The sustained interest gave us the courage to try weekly markets during the harvest season, so every Tuesday through October 6 we’re going to test its viability. Wish us luck!
Commellini Estate has been selling our frozen product and attending the market each week, and we must say, it has been loads of fun! If you would like to pre-order our product (changing weekly specials!) and pick it up at the market, you may order here.
Since the first farmers market in June, the vendor list and selection at the market has grown! Here are pictures from a few new booth additions. Front Porch Farm and Le Potager French Market Garden always have a freshly displayed selection of vegetables, herbs, and other items that are currently in season. Patti’s Pies are absolutely delectable and come in full size and mini! Country Buddies and Petunia’s Marketplace are the booths to get your canned goods from jam and preserves, to pickled vegetables. See the photos below!
For more information, check out our blog post on the first farmers market we attended. The Fairwood Farmers Market will still be going on every Tuesday until October 6th from 3-7 p.m in the parking lot of 319 W. Hastings. Check out their Facebook page for more updates and going ons!