FARMERS MARKET: Opening day for 23rd season of Bellingham Farmers Market is April 4

At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Mayor Kelli Linville will toss the traditional cabbage to open the Bellingham Farmers Market’s 23rd season, followed by the ringing of the Depot Market Square bell, welcoming new and returning vendors and shoppers.

The market offers fresh, locally grown produce, diverse locally made crafts, appealing ready-to-eat foods, and a wide range of live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from April 4 through Dec.19.

Among the new vendors: Element Fe, with hand-forged knives and knife-sharpening services; Mountain View Honey, showcasing hand-built bee hives for home use, and beeswax products; and Blackbird longboards, selling locally designed longboards and skateboards.

McIntyre Farms, Twin Cedars Farm and The Crows Farm are among the six new farms at the market this season.

Demo Days, co-sponsored by Sustainable Connections, takes place the second Saturday of each month and showcases simple ways to prepare seasonal products, and lets shoppers to ask questions about preparing and storing fresh foods.

The Sustainable Connections booth has free copies of the 2015 Whatcom Food & Farm Finder, a guide and fold-out map with information about local farms and businesses in Whatcom County that provide fruits, vegetables, wines, beer, eggs, meat, dining options, markets, u-pick and farm stands, and seasonal local events.

Details: bellinghamfarmers.org, 360-647-2060.