Jul. 5, 2008 at 10:40am
Get Fresh on Tuesday!
There is a vibrant farmers market in my head. Soon it will be a reality that we can all share. But for now, all that I can share are some tidbits of details and some photos of the street, now a bit bland, that will be full of produce, local meats, seafood, handmade cheese, flowers, hot food, great music, and, best of all, our community. The picture in my head looks a bit like this:
The new farmers market will be on N. Pine between 6th Ave and N. 7th St. This is what it looks like now. I can't wait to see it on Tuesday, July 15 when the market opens for the first time!
The spot in the shade, beside Schucks, will most likely house an organic produce booth and Estrella Family Creamery, along with two other booths. On N. Pine and in the N. Pine & N 7th intersection, there will be about 35 booths. We will have a plethora of fresh fruit and vegetables; frozen, locally grown pork, beef, lamb, poultry, and goat; regional fish and oysters; local hummus, pesto, and salsa products; local honey and beeswax products; amazing award-winning cheeses from Montesano; cut flowers; potted plants and garden starts; and plants for your landscapes.
After Art on the Ave, on July 13 (SUNDAY), the alley behind Schucks will be much more inviting. A local artist group is starting a mural on that expansive back wall that used to be home to blackberry bushes and grafitti. I also heard a rumor that there will be some flowers planted. During the farmers market, the alley will be a seating area with tables and chairs. The parking lot, the use of which has been generously donated by E-9, will be home to the vehicles of our wonderful vendors. The parking lot behind Masa, generously leased to us for a nominal fee, will be home to our entertainment stage and food vendors.
We will have just 4 food vendors: Bombay Bistro, Southern Kitchen, Gateway to India, and Affairs, plus Pop-a-Corn kettle corn. We also encourage people to continue to eat & drink at their favorite 6th Ave dining spots and watering holes. The Red Hot, Cork!, Kobe Teriyaki, E-9, Masa, Asado, Primo Grill, Crown Bar, Six Olives, Herban Cafe, Jazzbones, and Il Fiasco, all in the 6th Ave district near the farmers market, have been very supportive of the market and we want to return the favor!
We will also be setting up a booth in the Kobe Teriyaki parking lot where people can leave their purchases while they retrieve their vehicles. Of course, our hope is that most of our visitors will walk from their homes in the neighborhood, bike, or ride the bus. The market is right on the Number One Route, which runs all the way from Spanaway through downtown along 6th Ave to TCC every 14-20 minutes during the hours of the market.
To give participants time to set up and take down their booths and to protect residents and pedestrians, N. Pine, between 6th Ave and N 8th, as well as N. 7th between Pine and Junett, will be closed to through traffic and non-residential parking from 2pm to 9pm on Tuesdays.
The market will be open on Tuesdays, beginning July 15, from 3:30 - 7:30, with live music from 5:30-6:30. Check back here for more details this week! 8 days to go!
Special thanks to Bombay Bistro for their generous support and to Walden Mortgage for donating an office on 6th Ave for me to call my home for the next 3 months.
Volunteers needed! Until we can afford our own, we will be borrowing a lot of items from the Broadway market and transporting all of it to and from 6th Ave each week. Booths, tables, chairs, and signs will need to be loaded into vehicles, unloaded, set up, taken down and returned to Broadway. We also need help cleaning up the site after the market. Anything that you can do to help will be greatly appreciated! Send a message to me at 6thAve@tacomafarmersmarket.com or sign up at the Tacoma Farmers Market Booth during Art on the Ave!
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by ixia on 7/5/2008 @ 2:32pm
|Nice visuals, i can't wait for the transformation.
Local artists can still apply to create the mural, just send me an e-mail by July 7th:
Art on the Ave is on the 13th, 11 am to 6 pm
Hope to see you there
by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 7/5/2008 @ 6:35pm
|I know where I'm grocery shopping.
Can local artist rent a space to sell their wares?
by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 7/5/2008 @ 11:13pm
|You are doing some amazing work with the 6th Avenue Market. You are absolutely right, the best thing about a farmers market is the community it creates. I can't wait to see it in person. I am very excited to see that Estrella Family Creamery will have a booth at the market, incredible cheeses. This cheese is not only local from Montesano but it is world class. Thank you, Heather, for bringing us the farmers market of our dreams.|
by jenyum on 7/6/2008 @ 2:41pm
|Hi Heather, back when the last manager was running things, she had asked me to come and do kids activities. Is that still something you want? We had discussed some details.
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Heather on 7/10/2008 @ 1:30pm
|Dear Ixia: it was great to see you on Tuesday and get a glimpse of the mural sketch. Super cool!
Dear One: depends on the artist. Please send a message to 6thAve@tacomafarmersmarket.com
Dear Jen: nice speaking with you today :) I'm glad we were able to officially meet.
Dearest Crenshaw: you know how I feel about you.
by escaping slave on 7/10/2008 @ 1:55pm
|Looking forward to another market to attend that's within a bike ride's distance. Thanks for the hard work!
Hello! I'm Heather and I'm a bit manic about Tacoma.
I'll probably be blogging about my experiences in Tacoma as they relate to the environment (natural and built), social (in)justice, community building, economic development, bio-diesel, public transit, biking, gardening, home improvement, food & wine, and my little family (me, my husband, one dog, one cat). This is my first attempt at writing a blog - so please bear with me.