The Bellingham Farmers Market, just a dream in the early 1990's has become one of the largest markets in Washington State, and a destination location for tourists and locals alike. It began when two Western Washington University students had a vision to have locally grown produce sold in a downtown urban location. They approached local community member, Del Lowry, who worked cooperatively with them to gain the support of several key farmers and city officials. Today Lowry's efforts are acknowledged as an important contribution to forming the Market.

In 1992, nine board members, consisting of vendors and community members, met weekly to plan the market opening. The initial commitments from farmers and craftspeople allowed the market board to approach the city of Bellingham. City officials saw the market as an investment that could help revive the downtown area and granted the market some start up monies for site improvement, operating materials and market promotion. The City's assistance and funding did much to secure the successful opening of the market.

The market opened on June 19, 1993 with nearly fifty vendors participating. Mike Finger, the first president of the market and a farmer vendor, initiated a tradition, which persists to this day �??¢?¯?¿?½??¯?¿?½? on opening day a cabbage is thrown by a city official to a long standing vendor. In 1994, the Saturday market expanded its season to run from April to October. In the mid 1990's the Fairhaven Association opened a Wednesday farmers market, at what is now the Fairhaven Village Green. After a number of years, the Bellingham Farmers Market was asked to take over the operation of the Fairhaven Market, expanding on the success of the Saturday Market. These markets have become important venues for farmers and customers alike to connect with fresh produce, prepared foods and crafts.

Mike Finger, the market�??¢?¯?¿?½??¯?¿?½?s first board president, says the market is more than just a place to buy fresh produce and hand crafted products. He says, "It fosters a social life and acts as a gathering place for friends and family. Not only is it a place for locals to congregate, but the market is also a tourist attraction. The market brings many people to downtown Bellingham that might not come otherwise." Year after the year the market remains a vibrant gathering place for the community and continues to create a culture of outdoor shopping.


Listing last updated on Jun 24, 2009

Our Mission The Bellingham Farmers' Market supports local sustainable agriculture by connecting the public with local farmers, artisans, and other producers in an economically viable marketplace.

Schedule and Location:

Saturday Market:

Downtown on Railroad at Chestnut
April through Christmas
10am to 3pm
Directions to Depot Market Square:
Downtown Bellingham on Railroad at Chestnut
From I-5 North or South exit on State Street, from South I-5 go left at end of off ramp and continue to State and James Intersection, go left on State and follow to Chestnut, right on Chestnut and look for us on the right. From North I-5, follow off ramp to first light which is State and turn left, follow to Chestnut and turn right, look for us on the right.

Wednesday Market:

Fairhaven on the Village Green behind Village Books
June through September
12 to 5pm
Directions to Fairhaven Village Green:
From I-5 North or South exit on Old Fairhaven Parkway,go west to 12th street and turn right to Harris Avenue, go left on Harris two blocks and turn right, the Village Green is on your right.

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The most marvelous variety and quality of organic and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables that we have found at any market or store in the country.

Community gathering with beautiful organic/locally grown vegetables and fruit. Come visit.

Beautiful picture-perfect vegetables, knowledgeable vendors -- just a fun place to visit! Perfect location!

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