Caroline Gardner of Fennel Forest Farm arranges her plant starters Saturday at the Coupeville Farmers Market. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Caroline Gardner of Fennel Forest Farm arranges her plant starters Saturday at the Coupeville Farmers Market. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Farmers markets open for season

Vendors and visitors braved wind and rain Saturday as Coupeville launched the 2019 farmers market season.

Tents were in a different location on the Community Green while construction of a new municipal parking lot is underway; the town has made parking available on the grass near the library. The Coupeville Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Market Manager Peg Tennant said there are new vendors on the list this year, but many won’t be setting up until later this spring.

“Hopes for an early spring died with the snow in February,” she said.

Locally made products, plants and pizza were among the items available over the weekend. Caroline Gardner of Fennel Forest Farm said her covered raised beds allowed her to stay on-track with her plant starters despite the cold end to winter. At her tent, she offered a variety of starter plants, including chamomile, oregano and marjoram. She said veggies will come along later in the season.

Bayview Farmers Market opens April 27 and Market Manager Sharon Warwick said there’ll be a variety of new vendors this year. Attendees can expect to see new faces selling pie, art, food and essential oils. There’ll be plenty of familiar faces as well, she said. Bayview Market runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays on Bayview Road.

South Whidbey Tilth Market opens 11 a.m., Sunday, April 28, on Thompson Road. That Sunday, the Langley market will kick off the season with its Second Annual Nettle Festival, according to the market’s website.

Oak Harbor’s opening day is May 23. Tennant, who is also the Oak Harbor market manager, said the growing season delayed its start a bit and the market organizers try to have a full inventory before opening.

“We want to make sure to have a good selection in order for people to come back,” she said.

North Whidbey Farm owner Kimberly Christensen organizes her booth Saturday at the Coupeville Farmers Market while Rick Peek peruses her selection of goat milk products. The Central Whidbey opening day marked the first of the island markets. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

North Whidbey Farm owner Kimberly Christensen organizes her booth Saturday at the Coupeville Farmers Market while Rick Peek peruses her selection of goat milk products. The Central Whidbey opening day marked the first of the island markets. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

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