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Haller Point Market opens with a splash
ARLINGTON True Her brought fresh tulips grown in Monroe. Sonny Sawyer brought herbs and other plant starts. Gonzalo Rodriguez brought homemade tamales and fruit juices. And Kevan and Laura Kipp brought their original apple-flavored barbecue sauces.
Eight vendors showed up at opening day of the Haller Point Farmers' Market and, at the end of the day, they all seemed pretty happy.
"It's a lot of fun," said Kylie Greed, 12, who helps her family grow produce at the youth involvement internship program.
"My mom and sister and I grow a lot of stuff," she said on opening day May 4.
The second day, May 11, wasn't quite as warm, but at least the rain held off most of the day.
"As the skies cleared on Sunday all eight vendors immediately starting seeing customers and they just kept coming," said Tasha Branch, coordinator of the event.
The group of vendors offered an array of choices for their customers, from fresh and local eggs and produce to veggie starts, nursery plants, fresh-cut bouquets, barbecue sauces, apple butter, jewelry and other handmade soaps and crafts as well as fresh homemade tamales, fruit cups and lemonade.
The Haller Point Farmers Market is located in the yard in front of the Village Store, formerly the Country Farm Market. The Village Store offered additional options of espresso, ice cream, soft drinks and snacks.
Stillwater School sponsored a free community art project for both kids and adults.
"It was great to see families hanging out for a couple of hours visiting with neighbors and enjoying the sun and the view of the river," Branch said.
Art workshops range from hands-on projects to demonstrations by pros, like the upcoming demo of watercolor painting at the May 18 market. Kasprison is an architect who is designing the future Haller Point Community.
"At least one vendor had to go pick up more product," Branch said.
"Others said that Haller Point Market's first day was better than any they had ever experienced at other local markets," she added.
New vendors are scheduled to arrive weekly as harvest seasons begin.
Haller Point Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Sept. 28 at the former Country Charm Dairy, 604 E. Gilman St., in Arlington.
Vendor spaces are still available. For information call 425-346-1543 or e-mail to her at email@example.com.
Current vendors include:
n PixiTri local produce and CSA provider.
n Whitehorse Meadows Farm organic blueberries and products.
n Two Creative Kats handmade jewelry, crafts and soaps.
n True Gardens fresh cut bouquets.
n Frawg N' Turtle BBQ sauce and other sauces.
n Mora Flora/Sawyer Farms organic veggie starts, farm fresh eggs and more.
n Bush's nursery plants and trees.
n Dutch Highland Farms farm fresh eggs, orders for turkeys, highland beef, fainting goats and more.
n Boa Gardens produce and plants.
n Gonzalo's Tamales.
Stillwater School open house
Anyone interested in learning more about the experiential learning program at the Haller Point School, which is set to open for kindergarten this fall, is invited to attend an open house Thursday, May 15. For information call 425-346-1543 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.