EDITORIAL: Farmers market season arrives

A long winter of wondering what to do on Saturday comes to an end Saturday, April 3, when the Coupeville Farmers Market opens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the traditional space on North Main Street.

Whidbey Island is fortunate to have five successful farmers markets. Coupeville is first to open its 2004 season, but the others won’t be far behind. Greenbank Farmers Market will open May 2, Bayview Farmers Market May 1, South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market May 1, and finally Oak Harbor Public Market June 3.

There’s no better way to spend a Saturday than to see what your fellow islanders have grown, crafted, baked or canned. Farmers markets help keep agriculture alive and gives craftspeople and cooks a place to sell their wares. Just as important is the social experience —- islanders of all philosophies and income levels can mingle, talk about things they have in common and generally enjoy old fashioned rural living, if only for a few hours.

This year’s season is particularly hopeful as it marks the debut of Island Farmers Market Coalition, consisting of representatives from all five of the markets. They will work together, advertise together and set goals together, assuring that markets in all areas of the island continue to grow and prosper. We wish them the utmost success in their new endeavor.

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