Reflections on the Magical Season Opening of the Port Townsend Farmers Market

April 13, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

I have been reflecting all week on the magical reopening of the Port Townsend Farmers Market last Saturday. Established in 1992, my journey with the market came full circle as I've had the honor of being a vendor not once, but twice. From my basket-making business in the mid-90s to selling cards as prints with Deja View Photography, each experience has been woven into the fabric of my connection to this community. I also served on the PTFM boards for several years.

Imagine the transformation of a vacant street at 7:30 AM into a bustling hub of creativity and camaraderie by 9. Tents rise and spaces fill, and the dedication of up to 90 vendors weekly rain or shine, from mid-April to mid-December, is nothing short of inspiring. The process is a labor of love, from the meticulous preparation during the week to the lively interactions with customers each Saturday. The variety of products available from flowers, vegetables, food, artwork, crafts, and music.

To me, the Market is such a big part of the community. From locals to tourists, the buzz of over a thousand visitors brings the streets alive. This past Saturday, I took a moment to simply observe. The sight of new vendors, many with young babies snuggled against their Mom’s chest, to the Mayor embracing that same joy, with his new baby. Laughter echoed as goats led a whimsical parade, complemented by the violin music of Kristin, Otto, and their students.

The aftermath of Covid-19 altered the fabric of our interactions, but last Saturday was a testament to the enduring spirit of Port Townsend. The ease of hugs, handshakes, and clustered conversations marked a cherished return to our communal roots. Observing the diverse beauty across all age groups affirmed my belonging to this community. All our children are beautiful as are the youngest to older members of our community.

This event wouldn't be what it is without the relentless dedication of Amanda, the Market Manager, the volunteers, vendors, musicians, and local businesses that breathe life into the PTFM. Being part of such a heartfelt gathering reminds us all of the joy and unity that thrives within our community. The Port Townsend Farmers Market is a place where every Saturday is a testament to the beauty of our community coming together.


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