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The "EDA" section is a publication of the Ellensburg Downtown Association together with the Daily Record.
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Published by: Daily Record on May 21, 2008
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On Saturda, Ma 3, the KittitasCount Farmers Market kicks o the rst market o the season. Temarket is known or its arm-reshlocal produce, baked goods, nehand-crated products, rich heritageand local traditions. Located in thehistoric downtown Ellensburg onth Avenue between Pearl and Pinestreets, the armers market gives localresidents a treasure trove o productsto choose rom. Te market is heldeach Saturda beginning in Mathrough the last Saturda o October.“Te Kittitas Count FarmersMarket is a weekl event eaturingresh local produce and hand madecrats,” sas Pam Grueter, Farmer’sMarket Board Member.Te market was ounded in1994 b a small group o communitmembers who wanted to bring thebest o rom the count to the hearto Ellensburg. Te original marketwas held on Saturda at WashingtonSchool (Ellensburg’s current CitHall) with onl 10 vendors, several o whom still sell at the market. A ewears later it moved to the downtownRotar Pavillion where it wouldbe more centrall located. Ten,last ear, the market moved to 4thAvenue because additional space wasneeded.Loran Bollinger, a long standingarmers market vendor, remembers inthe beginning where the merchantswould bring their children along tohelp sell their resh produce, fowers,and crats creating a un amil da.Bollinger continues to sa, “Temarket is a great place or visitors tomeet local people, eat delicious bakedgoods, chat and come together.”oda, the Kittitas CountFarmers Market has grown to include62 dierent vendors. But the market’sgoal remains the same as in 1994 —creating venues where local armerscan connect directl with Ellensburgresidents and visitors while providinga communit gathering-place orthe celebration o local cultureand cuisine, and to suppl publiceducation on regional arming,gardening and ood preparation. Temarket is committed to the artisanood communit and ostering thevalues o that communit here inEllensburg.Kittitas Count Farmers Marketis a member o the WashingtonState Farmers Market Associationand ollowsthe rulesor marketsales. Aspart o theWSFMAall itemsoered mustbe grownor madeb the seller which ensuresqualit, reshness, and thatall items sold are hand-crated orgrown. Tis ear the Kittitas CountFarmers Market board o directorshas juried in more vendors givingthe communit a wonderul line-up o local gardening gurus andcreative artists to share tips anddemonstrations.Aside rom the wonderulitems at the market, each ear themarket has plaed host to a varieto communiteventsincluding theChildren’sMusic Daon Ma 10,a da ull o un childrenactivitiesthroughoutthe downtown.In Jul inconjunction with Jazz in the Vallethe market will present the live musico Jazz Quartet eaturing local jazzmusician Chris Hull. In Augustit will pla host to the Dog Wash(August 2), and Dog Das (August19). Te market will also launch itsrst Kittitas Count Farmers MarketCookbook and have its rst AnnualHarvest Dinner eaturing localproduce rom the market’s vendors.I something with a kick is whatou want, then the salsa contest onSeptember 20 will be the right t.Volunteers and communitinvolvement are essential to carringout the mission o the KittitasCount Farmers Market. Withinthe next ew ears the market’sboard is committed to expandingits vendor list to 100 dierentmerchants, obtaining storage space inthe downtown or easier setup, anddeveloping a list o volunteers to helpwith setting up and closing downthe market. I ou are interestedin assisting the market, contactthem at 899-3870 or e-mailkcarmersmarket@ahoo.com.
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“It’s a great place or visitors to meet local  people, eat deliciousbaked goods, chat and come together.” 
- Loran Bollinger, Farmers Market vendor

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