The Bellingham Farmer’s Market, located at Depot Market Square on the corner of Railroad and Chestnut streets, features over a hundred registered vendors, artists, musicians, local farmers and plenty of people-watching. With so much to offer, it can be difficult to discern where to go for the best market experience, so the AS Review has highlighted a few of the best things that students and community members should check out.
Western alum Marie Schow said her favorite part of the market is that it makes her feel like she is a part of something.
“It makes you feel connected to your community to eat locally produced food,” Schow said.
Current Western student Layla Masri said the market’s overall ambiance is enough to keep her coming back.
“The music performances are my favorite part of the market,” Masri said. “Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s fun to come listen to the music, walk around and people watch.”
One popular strategy for wandering the market is to grab something to drink or a small snack and enjoy it while surveying the bustling environment.
Masri said one of her favorite stops is Jen’s House of Chai.
“It’s the best chai tea I’ve ever had,” Masri said.
The stand sells chai mochas, lattes and hot-spiced chai cider all for around $4.
Western student Kelci Holten and Western alum Megan Kendig both recommended stopping at the Backyard Bees honey stand and picking up a few honey sticks.
Backyard Bees employee Amaris Lunde said the honey sticks are by far the stand’s bestselling item. The sticks are sold for $0.25 a piece or five for a $1. Another popular item at the stand is chunks of honeycomb, which sell for $1.
In addition to stands selling produce and unique food items, the back side of the market is taken up by a row of food vendors selling freshly made meals.
Schow and Kendig said their favorite stops are the India Grill Restaurant stand and Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine. India Grill offers veggie and lamb samosas for $1-2, mango lassi for $2 and veggie, chicken or mixed combo plates for $6-7. The Ethiopian stand also offers combo plates with either chicken or lentils and sides of potatoes, carrots and cabbage for $6-7.
Masri and Holten recommended the pizza from Gusto Wood Fired Pizza. Gusto offers a variety of pizza toppings, selling most of their pizzas for $6-9.
Holten said another one of her favorite stops is Aldrich Farms, a stand that sells an astonishing variety of flavored jams and jelly and happily offers free samples of all of them.
Aldrich employee Chase Golka said the stand’s bestseller is its raspberry chocolate jam.
“It’s good on ice cream, it’s good on bread – my friends eat it with a spoon,” Golka said.
The jams sell for $5 for a small jar and $8 for a large.
For produce, Schow said a great place to stop if you’re not looking for anything specific is Broadleaf Farms.
“They always have a good variety, good prices and nice people,” Schow said. “It’s just great to be able to talk to the farmers and ask, ‘What’s the best thing you have today?’”
Broadleaf Farms is currently selling a colorful array of winter squash for $1.25/lb.
New in 2013, the market will open for one Saturday a month in January, February and March – giving you plenty of opportunities to drop by and see all that the market has to offer.
The Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Dec. 22. The market will resume in the spring.