No matter gray skies and low-hanging clouds Saturday, plenty of shades of green — lettuce, parsley, collard greens, raab, spinach, salad mix, mustard greens — dotted booths opening day of the Bayview Farmers Market.
Many of those veggies had a line crossed through them on the chalkboard of SkyRoot Farm, meaning all gone. Nearing the 2 p.m. quitting time, mostly bags of braising greens and bunches of rhubarb were left.
Arwen Normand, manager of the Maxwelton Valley-based farm, said sales were decent for a rainy Saturday that had been preceded by a respite of two sunny, warm days.
“It was pretty crowded earlier,” she said in between bites of one of her next door neighbor’s ice cream bars. SkyRoot Farm is in its seventh year of production and bringing its “grow dirt, eat food, share it” motto to market.
Lots more verdant displays were inside the historic Bayview Community Hall during the South Whidbey Garden Club annual sale. Usually an outdoor affair, members seemed glad they could keep warm and dry as people milled around tables full of plants, veggie starters, flowers, used pots and baked goods.
“We had record sales,” said Tonya Henny, who oversaw the plant sale. “The cross traffic with opening day of the Farmers Market was a real benefit.”
All Things Nettle was the theme Sunday at South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market, kicking off its 47th season.
Although most people curse the sticky, stinging plants, Julie Charette Nunn of Crow’s Daughter talked about gathering and preparing nettle in a variety of ways for great nourishment and how she explained its healing properties. Samples of nettle soup and pesto were served.
The underrated nettle was even a verse during the May pole song as many joined in the traditional spring dance.
The Tilth Market plans to offer a unique tasting experience each week. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, 2812 Thompson Road on State Road 525.
Friday is opening day for the Langley Farmers Market, no longer called Second Street Market because it’s moved.
The new location is the corner of 6th Street, Cascade and Camano Avenues next to WICA.
“We changed location for a few reasons,” Benjamin Courteau, market manager, said. “The move of the middle school and the creation of the community center opened up an opportunity to use the parking lot by the old school bus barn next to WICA.”
Hours are 1-5 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 28.