The Chimacum Farmers Market will open for the season

CHIMACUM – Thirty area vendors – more than any other in the market’s history – are expected to sell food and art at the Chimacum Farmers’ Market when it opens on Sunday.

The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand for the opening of its 14th season.

The market has changed location to accommodate market growth this season, said Jefferson County Farmers Markets (JCFM) manager Amanda Milholland.

He will be back on the grass next to the Chimacum Corner Farmstand nursery and picnic area.

“This market location is a blast from the past as it was the market’s original location when it moved from the Grange Chimacum to the Corner Store to increase visibility,” Milholland said.

It had been moved for the same reason – to increase visibility by placing it in the Chimacum Corner parking lot at the intersection of Rhody Drive and Chimacum Road.

“Yes, the market has attracted new buyers to its parking lot. However, the welcoming atmosphere of the grassy area has been lost,” Milholland said.

“The JCFM is excited to try the new/old location again with a wider vendor base and more colorful flags on market day to grab the attention of buyers.”

Live music is also back this season with the support of a Jefferson County Lodging Tax grant.

JCFM music coordinator Matt Sircely programmed a mix of local and regional music for the Chimacum Farmers’ Market, Milholland said.

Operated by the JCFM Association, the Chimacum Market brings together farms, prepared and value-added foods, and art vendors.

The market was launched by Grange Chimacum in 2008 and was adopted by JCFM in 2010 to support market stability and growth.

Over the years, the market has had between 10 and 20 vendors participating with produce ranging from fresh seasonal produce to pastured meat, and sushi to pottery and jewelry.

“This season, JCFM has seen growth at its Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets with a combined total of over 90 vendors,” Milholland said.

“Although the 90s are not in the market as of any given date, this growth is substantial after two seasons of reduced market size due to COVID-19,” she added.

Last year, a total of 65 vendors attended the Port Townsend Farmers’ Market and 20 at the Chimacum Farmers’ Market with no more than 40 attending in Port Townsend and 18 in Chimacum on a single day.

James V. Payne