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By Akasha Spino-Bybee

Goldendale Farmers' Market celebrates its 10 year anniversary


The Goldendale Farmers' Market has come a long way since it was established at the chamber of commerce in 2005. After a growth in vendors, the Market had expanded and was later moved outside of Ayutla's Mexican Restaurant. Although this wouldn't be the last move, the changes occurring were certainly for the better. 10 years down the road, the Market has a steady home at Ekone Park and a large number of people who regularly shop for their fresh produce at the scene. In the coming weeks, everyone will have a chance to attend the Market's birthday celebration and meet its lovely founder, Earlene Sullivan.

"Earlene Sullivan and her husband Ron realized that there were people in the area who wanted fresh produce, although the only produce available at the time was at the supermarket," says Ruth Marvin, board member of the Goldendale Farmers' Market. "So they decided that Goldendale needed a farmers' Market. They made some contacts and brought in some fresh produce and then slowly, the Market grew to several vendors on the chamber lawn. The growth of the Market necessitated changing the facilities and they moved to a lot up by Ayutla's, eventually ending up at Ekone Park. It's the best facility that we've ever had."

"Since 2009, the Farmers' Market has been run by a board of directors," says Paulette Lefever-Holbrook, board member of the Farmers' Market. "As of right now, it's a nominated process, so we draw from our vendors or people in the community that are interested in being part of the Market. Our Market is a part of the Washington State Farmers' Market Association and we are a non-profit. The National Farmers' Market Week is August 2 to the 8. Our 10 year birthday celebration is on the eighth, the last day."

With a fun-packed schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the eighth will not be the usual Saturday Market. After Sullivan arrives at 9:00 a.m., the fun begins for both parents and kids with a treasure hunt. There will also be a Zucchini-500 Derby and adult-level demonstrations from two of the original vendors- you will not want to miss it.

"As usual, our Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Ekone Park," says Lefever-Holbrook. "We do cooking demonstrations, children's activities and music every week now." The Farmers' Market is currently accepting SNAP/EBT, Senior Vouchers and Backpacks for Kids (a 501c3 organization serving 480 students in Klickitat County) vouchers. "We encourage entrepreneurship, we're always looking for new vendors," says Lefever-Holbrook. If you are interested in becoming a part of the best farmers' Market around, or simply want to look around and have some fun, stop by Ekone Park at 9:00 a.m. on August 8 and attend the 10 year birthday celebration.

For more information, call Lefever-Holbrook at (509) 250-0006.


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