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Poulsbo Farmers Market extends its season to Dec. 17

Lisa Stowers of the Poulsbo Artist League designed this poster for the Poulsbo Farmers Market.  - Lisa Stowers
Lisa Stowers of the Poulsbo Artist League designed this poster for the Poulsbo Farmers Market.
— image credit: Lisa Stowers

POULSBO — The Poulsbo Farmers Market has extended its season to Dec. 17.

Don’t let the wintry chill dissuade you from going. Vendors are situated up against the west side of the Doctor’s Clinic/GroupHealth parking lot, where they have the benefit of a long building to help protect against westerly winds.

Parking is now available very close to the market site, making a quick dash in for shopping easier. Vendors have been encouraged by the market to bring back-walls to help provide a wind break in the market area, and vendors have pushed their displays further back into their booths to allow customers to stand under cover while they browse.

Covered seating areas are available. On especially cold or rainy days, a large carport canopy with side walls is available to stand or sit under. Two patio heaters are located near the market booth and eating area for customers to warm up.

At the farmers market, you can still get art, custom-made wood products, fresh-baked goods, grass-fed beef, hand-made wool items, and fresh beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, daikon, garlic, greens, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, shallots, spinach, winter squash, tea leaves, and turnips.

“We have heaters and covered seating and hot beverages available. The season is winding down, but we still have a lot going on — farmers farming and crafters crafting,” market manager Brian Simmons said.

Market hours are Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the corner of 7th and Iverson.

The Poulsbo Farmers Market has more than 60 vendors and is affiliated with the Kitsap Community Agricultural Alliance, Kitsap Master Gardeners, Puget Sound Fresh, Seattle Tilth, WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Washington State Farmers Markets Association. The Farmers Market served more than 30,000 customers in the 2010 season. Several businesses that started at the market have gone on to open storefront locations.

Members of the market’s board of directors are working on finding a permanent location for a year-round market, possibly on Viking Avenue.

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