Season opening of Bellingham Farmers Market on Saturday brings new dining options

Sights and Sounds of the Opening Day of Bellingham Farmer’s Market

The opening day of 2017 Bellingham Farmer's Market.
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The opening day of 2017 Bellingham Farmer's Market.

Chinese dumplings and Filipino food are new this year at the Bellingham Farmers Market, which opens for its 27th season on Saturday, April 6, after the ceremonial cabbage toss.

New food vendors at the downtown market this year include Zhuzhu’s Signature Dumpling, Bry’s Filipino Cuisine and Big Love Juice.

Zhuzhu will serve Chinese dumplings filled with beef and chicken. Big Love Juice, which will come to the market May 4, will offer fresh juice and granola bowls.

As for Bry’s Filipino Cuisine, Bryan Matamorosa said he will serve up traditional dishes such as lumpia (similar to egg rolls), pancit bihon (stir-fried rice noodles) and, occasionally, regional dishes such as braised taro leaf in coconut milk and tinutungang manok (chicken braised with charred coconut).

Matamorosa, who grew up on a coconut and rice farm in the Philippines, told The Bellingham Herald that being at the farmers market will allow him to become part of the community while doing what he’s passionate about, which is cooking.

“I’m selling this food because I know that everyone will love it and will be thrilled to try new amazing food,” said Matamorosa, who lived in the Philippines for 19 years.

Other new vendors include:

Les Gourmands Farm, which will sell vegetables and grains including heirloom varieties.

Textiles by Heather, which will offer what’s being called functional art including handbags and purses.

Our Family Farm, which will sell blueberries and strawberries.

Wild Child Herbs, which will offer tinctures, elixirs and botanical blends.

Rain Drops, which will sell sea glass, driftwood, pebble art and stained glass.

Pollen Folly Farm , which will provide eggs, vegetables and herbs.

They’re among the more than 140 vendors selling their goods at the Bellingham Farmers Market.

Because it’s early in the season, you won’t get the full bounty this week from Whatcom and Skagit county farmers.

But there will be spring flowers such as tulips; spring greens such as spinach, arugula and kale; and potatoes, onions and leeks, according to Lora Liegel, the new market director.

Market Hours

The Bellingham Farmers Market kicks off Saturday with Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville’s ceremonial cabbage toss at 9:45 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. opening.

The market is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21 at Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.

The Bellingham Farmers Market isn’t the only one offering up food, produce and crafts. Other farmers markets in Whatcom County include:

The new Barkley Village Market is open 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, from June 5 through Aug. 28, in the Barkley Village Green, 2215 Rimland Drive. About 42 vendors are expected at the market. Details are at bellinghamfarmers.org.

Ferndale Farmers Market is open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, from June 14 to Oct. 11, at Centennial Riverwalk Park, 1985 Main St. Details are at ferndalepublicmarket.org.

Lynden Farmers Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturdays, from June 1 to Sept. 28, at Centennial Park, 319 Grover St. Details are at lyndenfarmersmarket.com.

The Fairhaven Farmers Market, which was on Wednesdays, is on hiatus.

Kie Relyea has been a reporter at The Bellingham Herald since 1997 and currently writes about social services and recreation in Whatcom County. She started her career in 1991 as a reporter and editor in Northern California.