Langley Farmers Market has a new location, new day and renewed hopes for a productive season after a drought of sales last year.
Find it 2-6 p.m. on Thursdays in Frick Alley, between First and Second streets adjacent to the Star Store parking lot.
Nearby businesses all gave market organizers the go-ahead to set up through the fall.
“I think it’s wonderful they were open to giving us this spot,” said Badeah Shirazi, an artist selling her jewelry, cards and other handmade items set with five other vendors Thursday, the market’s second week.
“Some people seem surprised to see us,” Shirazi added. “I don’t think word’s gotten around.”
Vendors seemed to be in agreement that Frick Alley is a better location than near Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, where it set up on Fridays in a hot parking lot with little shade. It relocated there after years of being front and center on Second Street.
The Second Street Farmers Market closed the middle of the street for several hours to cars on Friday afternoons, confounding visitors and snarling traffic, so a new location was needed.
Setting up away from the downtown business district was a mistake, said Molly Jacobson, who sells homemade soap and lotions under her label, Blackberry Moon Farm Body Care.
“I’ve been with the Langley Farmers Market since the beginning, one of the original vendors,” she said. “Last year was terrible. People just wouldn’t walk up the hill. We stopped going.”
Lots of crisply-picked lettuce, red rhubarb stalks and bodacious radishes filled the booth of Cedar Hill Farm, owned by Cristopher White, who manages the market. He said he’s optimistic more locals will come around once they learn of the new location, day and time.
“We can fit seven vendors in here now,” White said, “so it’s small but maybe it will grow.”