BELLINGHAM - It wasn't exactly a local head of cabbage - frosty weather saw to that - but the organic leaves that were to fly through the air to kick off the 22nd season of the Bellingham Farmers Market still represented the ideas of living, eating, and being local, Mayor Kelli Linville remarked to a small crowd Saturday, April 5.
The mayor invited the audience gathered in front of Depot Market Square to count down before she tossed the cabbage to 15-year-old Sophia Carpenter, a Bellingham High School freshman who sells her original wire jewelry at the market during Kids Vending Days through her business High Wire Designs.
"I was really excited and really honored," Carpenter said about being elected as the cabbage toss recipient. "It was a fun thing to do."
Afterward, the crowd, keeping warm in brightly-colored coats, scarves and hats, quickly dispersed toward some of this year's 140 planned vendors.
They would find that several new businesses have taken up shop in the market this season, including Earthen Home, which sells natural cleaning products; Tamara Kelly Designs jewelry; Food Haus, which serves up German-style food; Kat's Crepes; Everson's Good to Go Meat Pies; and Bellingham baker Sophie Williams' Raven Breads.
Notably absent in the sprinkling rain were many local farms, which likely will return to the market in late May or early June once produce is ready for sale. Among the new farms scheduled to operate at the market this year are Spring Time Farms and Mariposa Farm.
This year also marks the first time that the Honey Moon and Kombucha Town will be able to sell tastings of their alcoholic meads, ciders and kombucha at the market.
Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday, the market will run through Dec. 20 at Depot Market Square.
The Wednesday Fairhaven Market will open June 4 and operate from noon to 5 p.m. each week through Sept. 24 at the Fairhaven Village Green.