GH Farmers Market will return in April

Business: Weekly event to be held on Saturdays beginning this spring at former Peninsula Gardens

of the GatewayFebruary 12, 2014 

Fresh produce, fish, cheeses, clams and much more will be available from local sellers close to year-round.

The Gig Harbor Farmers’ Market has a home for 2014 at the former location of Peninsula Gardens, 5503 Wollochet Drive NW. Opening Day will be April 5, and the market will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Organizer Dale Schultz said vendors enjoyed the winter market at the same location and wanted to return.

The Peninsula Metropolitan Parks District’s board of directors agreed in December to have the farmers’ market back in 2014. PenMet Parks Executive Director Terry Lee said he’s been working with market organizers and vendors.

“There was a general consensus that to start in April would be the most beneficial,” Lee said.

There was an indoor market from October through December, and that’s expected to continue.

“It’s not quite year-round yet,” Schultz said of the market.

Lee said he’s been talking with Pierce County about expansion. He thinks there can be a year-round market in the future.

For now, Schultz is looking for ways to grow the market in its April-through-December time slot. He said he wants to get permits to have wine and beer tasting from local vendors. If there’s enough support, the market could run on Sundays, too.

There will be a market at Skansie Brothers Park in downtown Gig Harbor beginning in June, and it will run on Sundays and Wednesdays, Schultz said.

He added that working with PenMet Parks and Peninsula Gardens has been good for the market, and he appreciates Lee’s involvement.

“He’s been a very good person for us,” Schultz said. “It’s a win-win situation.”

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at karen.miller@gateline.com. Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_karen.

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