Farmers market season begins on South Whidbey

The Bayview Farmers Market opens its 2013 season Saturday, April 27 at Bayview Corner.

Bayview Farmers Market opens Saturday

The Bayview Farmers Market opens its 2013 season Saturday, April 27 at Bayview Corner.

The opening bell, to be sounded at 10 a.m., will signal the opening of another busy year for the largest outdoor market on South Whidbey.

Bayview Farmers Market has been an island tradition for 14 years and organizers are looking forward to welcoming visitors. Favorite vendors will be back in their familiar spots while the market offers a number of new faces this year.

More than 60 spots have been allocated to vendors. Enjoy the best fresh, locally grown produce, delicious foods, artisan crafts, beautiful flowers, festive music and more.

As the weather warms, more produce, including Whidbey Island strawberries, will be available.

Music for the opening day will be popular jazz quintet the Maxwelton Beach Club. The first market food demonstration, by local chefs Scott and Stephanie Pendell, is scheduled for May 11 for Mother’s Day weekend.

The market this year will include a new service for visitors and vendors: Wi-fi. Last week Whidbey Telecom installed equipment to add the market as one of the company’s wi-fi hotspots. Telecom customers may log into the service at no charge, and visitors can pay a fee.

Market shopping bags, khaki with yellow lettering, also will be available opening day from vendors and market manager Sharon Warwick.

Market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through the last Saturday in October.

Don Miller / Delicate Light Photography | Farmer Eric Conn of Full Cycle Farms is one of the stalwarts at the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market.

Tilth Farmers Market opens Sunday

The opening chime for the oldest market on Whidbey Island is set for 11 a.m. Sunday, April 28.

South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market begins its 42nd season with a May pole dance to the lively tunes of Island Strings. There will be a wide variety of vegetable starts to plant a whole summer’s garden. The varieties are what local farmers select as reliable for the Whidbey Island climate.

Come for fresh spring greens, rhubarb, plus handcrafted soap, woodcrafts, photography and fiber arts.

Kim Saephan is vending her delicious Southeast Asian cuisine and there will be hot organic coffee and tea. Enjoy the spring flowers and children’s play area. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards are welcome. The market, located at 2812 Thompson Road off Highway 525, between Bayview and Freeland, is open until 2 p.m. every Sunday. Look for the scarecrow at the corner. For information, contact market manager Lynae Slinden at or call 360-632-4451.