Anacortes Farmers Market: Fresh, Local, Information-Packed

Anacortes Farmers MarketFor locally caught seafood, fresh-baked turnovers, jeweled mosaic mirrors, funky hats, farm-fresh meats, organic veggies, and more – jog, stroll, pedal, or motor on down to the lively Anacortes Farmers Market.

No Saturday trip to the city’s historic downtown is complete without a stroll through this authentic sampling of Fidalgo Island fare. Artfully staged on the newly expanded plaza surrounding the historic Depot Community & Arts Center at 7th Street and R Avenues, the burgeoning outdoor market is a microcosm of the bounty and talent of the Skagit Valley.

It’s where friends meet for just-roasted coffee and sticky buns, and shoppers come early to nab the season’s first juicy organic berries. Where, dad teaches economics by opening a breakfast burrito stand with his daughter, and where local farmers dish out recipes along with radishes and radicchio. It’s where to go for local talent on the market stage (musicians typically play from 10am to 1 pm, sometimes longer).

This weekly market lets you plan and prep the freshest and most unique foods for weekend entertaining . . . or just plain, everyday good eatin’. A welcoming atmosphere and friendly vendors are a magnet for locals and visitors alike every Saturday, May-October, 9am-2pm.

So grab your shopping bag (or pick up an authentic Anacortes Farmers Market bag at the market) and stock up on organic veggies, meats, and cheeses; decadent desserts; specialty foods; personal products; home goods; veggie, ornamental, and native plants and garden décor; wearable clothing and jewelry; and eye-catching arts. Even get your knives and scissors sharpened or enjoy a relaxing chair massage. Low on cash? Then use your charge card (or EBT card!) to pick up a handful of $5 market tokens, good at any vendor booth.

And when your shopping bag’s full and your head’s jam-packed with inspiring ideas, there’s still plenty of time to take in more of this unique seaside city. Within an easy walk you can get up close and personal with the latest ship under construction at Dakota Creek Industries along the shore of Guemes Channel; stretch your legs with a walk through Cap Sante Marina and across an old railroad trestle into the bay; stop for a breather and a frosty microbrew; or consult with your hotel about a great place for dinner – fresh and local, of course.

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