Happy Spring: Columbia City Farmers Market is Back!

Happy Spring: Columbia City Farmers Market is Back!

The Columbia City Farmers Market (CCFM) — one of the largest farmers markets in the Northwest — kicks-off its 19th year today.

CCFM first opened in June of 1998 in the former Columbia Plaza parking lot (now home of the new PCC) when founder Karen Kinney led a small group of neighborhood volunteers in organizing the market using the burgeoning U-District Farmers Market as a model.

In 2012, the market moved into Edmunds Street adjacent to its old spot when the Columbia Plaza parking lot was slated for redevelopment.

This year, CCFM kicks-off on Wed., May 3, with loads of farmers and food vendors selling a delicious assortment of early spring greens, organic poultry and meats, cheeses, fresh eggs, wild salmon and seasonal cut flowers.

New vendors will include Cascade Farm, Foothill Flowers, SenaSea Seafood, Tin Dog Brewery and Yellow Belly Honey.

Coming all the way from Kelso, Washington, Cascade Farm uses holistic farming methods and multi-species rotational grazing to ensure the healthiest of animals. Their meat products include grass-fed lamb and beef, and pasture raised pork and chicken.

Also, Rich and Sena Wheeler are continuing their rich family fishing history with SenaSea Seafoods. Together they catch and hand select the highest quality of wild and sustainable seafood such as Alaskan halibut, Copper River sockeye, Alaskan black cod and smoked salmon.

Finally, Foothill Flowers will bring elegant floral bouquets, filled with snapdragons, sunflowers, sweet peas, zinnia and dahlias.

See you at the market!

CCFM can be found every Wednesday through October, from 3 to 7 pm, on South Edmunds Street at 37th Avenue South (Columbia Park). Photo/Diana Vergis Vinh

 

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