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City starts fresh with Fish and Farmers Market

Terry and Doug Arnall find specialty breads at the SeMe Family Foods stand. (Cindy Yingst)
By Cindy Yingst, Thursday, July 4, 2019

The city’s first attempt at sponsoring a farmer’s market was successful in bringing kettle corn, snow cones, smoked chowder, fresh produce and hand-made wares to Warrenton Marina.

“I think it went pretty well for the first time,” Harbormaster Jane Sweet said. “The produce (sellers) will continue to grow and we have some commercial guys helping us get some fish in there.”

There were more than a dozen booths for the first week with more vendors hoping to sign on soon.

Spaces are $25 per week and items sold must be grown regionally, made by hand or caught.

“I think this is awesome,” said Timm Fadden, who rode his tadpole-style tricycle from his home in Hammond. “I’m so excited this is happening.”

He built his trike three years ago to help him get around.

“I’m not a wheelchair kind of guy,” he said.

Others brought their dogs on leashes or came with the entire family to check out the small outdoor Fishermen and Farmers Market.

Brigitte Willse of Astoria was selling custom jewelry from her French Cat Studio booth. She has made a business out of a small inheritance she received as a child: boxes of vintage postage stamps. Individual stamps are set into decorative pendants she sells for about $20.

Denise Bruchman of Warrenton brought a collection of coasters, trivets, magnets and spoon rests she makes from her photographs. She’s been selling her photos since 2002, but began making custom housewares about four years ago.

Elmo and Roberta Wise of Ocean Park brought their shaved ice hut and kettle corn booth.

“For the first day, we’re doing real good,” Roberta said.

Several vendors reported brisk sales despite the chilly weather and overcast skies.

Nearly all the sellers make the circuit of farmer’s markets, which include Ilwaco or Longview on Saturdays, Astoria on Sundays and Seaside on Wednesdays.

“I think it’s just going to continue to grow and people are excited about it,” City Manager Linda Engbretson said at Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting.

Farmer’s Markets

Fishermen’s & Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, Warrenton Marina, 501 N.E. Harbor Place. For a vendor booth, call 503-861-3822.

Saturday Market at Port of Ilwaco, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Ilwaco, Wash.

Astoria Sunday Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays along 11th Street downtown Astoria.

Seaside Farmer’s Market, 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 1120 Broadway St., Seaside.

Jessica McDonald placed a silkie chicken on Gunar Puffinburger's shoulder when the 11-year-old visited her booth at the market on opening day, June 20. (Cindy Yingst)

Dan Delay cuts smoked salmon to add to the chowder at his food cart. (Cindy Yingst)

Timm Faden enjoys the market from the comfort of his self-built tricycle. (Jake Daigle)

Denise Brachmann brought a collection of trivets, notecards and magnets made from her photographs. (Jake Daigle)

Elmo and Robert Wise sell kettle corn and shaved ice. (Jake Daigle)

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