Thursday, October 17, 2013

Harvest Dinner Canceled!

Hey there folks,

This year's Harvest Dinner is cancelled. We hate to say no to a lovely community dinner, but unfortunately the financials are not lining up well for this event.

We hope those of you who were interested in attending will be sure to stay in touch with the market. And don't forget to mark your calendar for Handmade Holiday, our annual winter market. This year's Handmade Holiday will be on December 7th--the first Saturday of December!

We lova ya Arlington!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Harvest Dinner 2013

The Stilliguamish Valley is bursting with fall color, and we at the Arlington Farmers' Market are planning another year's Harvest Dinner!

Join us for good company and great food at the Wild Rose Bistro in downtown Arlington on the evening of October 24 at 6:30 pm.

There are three great reasons not to miss out on the Harvest Dinner:

1. Keep your market alive. Proceeds from your meal will provide necessary funding to keep the market running, funding great programs like children's storytime and music in the park (as well as boring old bills like insurance).

2. Enjoy a local feast. Your meal will be prepared from fresh organic Garden Treasures produce, grown right in the Stilliguamish Valley prepared by Wild Rose Bistro. Taste fresh bread from Misty Mountains, and finish your meal the delicious way with dessert from Black Label. It's a locavore's dream!

3. Wrap up the season with friends. Say hey to your favorite market vendors and celebrate the harvest with your farmers! Last year's harvest dinner saw local leaders, community members, and agricultural innovators chatting about Arlington's future.

The Harvest Dinner is an annual chance to dine local with a unique chance to enrich your community. Don't miss it!

Tickets are available in advance only at

Friday, August 16, 2013

Arlington Farmers' Market On The Radio... WHAT!

Hi Friends! This past Thursday the lovely people at KSER 90.7 invited the Snohomish County Health Department as well as the Arlington Farmers' Market into the studio to talk about farmers' markets and healthy communities. Big thank you to all those who were involved with the interview and helping us to share it with our community!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Beauty I See in You...

In my previous life I worked in an awesome dental office not far from my home in Arlington. I worked with a really, really, rad bunch of people who were all very skilled and totally committed to fantastic patient care. While I was working there we did a team building workshop where I learned about something called "bridging". Bridging is an opportunity to clearly tell another person (err... gigantic community of people) what they really mean to you.  WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE FARMERS MARKET!???

I'll tell you... Arlington... I (the Arlington farmers market) am going to bridge with you.

Here is how it goes. Two people (in this case one community and one group of volunteers) clear some time in their busy schedules (how about national farmers market week?) to sit down alone together. Then take some time to think about the answer to two questions.

1. What beauty do I see in you?
2. What do I want to be for you?

Take your time...I will go first.

Arlington, the beauty I see in you is your charming downtown, your fun shops, and their dedicated owners. The beauty I see in you is your dedication to the education and safety of the children in our community. The beauty I see in you is your unwavering interest in having fun! The beauty I see in you is your ability to grow food. The beauty I see in you is your friendly neighbors. The beauty I see in you is your knowledgeable city employees and local politicians of pure gold.

Heartbeet Farm, Photo Credit Misty Mountains Farm

What I (the Arlington farmers market) want to be for you is a community meeting place. I want to incubate your micro business and encourage your young entrepreneurs! I want to bring the FRESHEST local food from all over Snohomish and Skagit County to a convenient spot for you to pick up and bring  home to your family. I want to help you to maintain a relationship with your farmers so that you always know who is growing your healthy, safe food. I want to support the cultivation of heritage and heirloom varieties of our favorite foods so we can all spoil our selves rotten with the taste of real food but not pay a premium for it! What I want to be for you is a resource, a place to pick up food storage tips to stretch your grocery dollar. A place to learn about foods we have forgotten how to cook, or when to best preserve. I want to be a piece of the Arlington puzzle.

Happy national farmers market week friends! Do you see beauty in the market? What do you want us to be for you?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Farmers Market Week... What Is That About?

Did you know an estimated 150 farmers markets operate across the Evergreen State? The popularity of farmers markets continues to increase as consumers get passionate over nutritious foods, including fresh, locally grown produce, meats, cheeses and specialty food products.

To recognize strong consumer and farmer support for the markets, Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA) are celebrating Farmers Market Week in Washington from Aug. 4-10.

“Washington’s vibrant farmers markets are great social and economic resources to so many communities across the state, providing access to quality foods and showcasing what makes local agriculture special,” Gov. Inslee said. “I encourage all Washingtonians to take part in Farmers Market Week and enjoy our fine Washington grown products.”

 “Agriculture is a primary cornerstone of our economy and farmers markets support local and regional food systems that sustain many family farms, strengthen communities and bring consumers and farmers together,” WSDA Director Bud Hover said.

“If you haven’t been to a farmers market lately, come see what they are all about,” Karen Kinney, executive director of the WSFMA, said. “We continue to get national recognition for the quality of our state’s farmers markets. Right now the farm tables are overflowing with fresh food. It doesn’t get better than this.”

The Arlington farmers market has been recognized by American Farmland Trust as the 2012 "best small market" on the national stage as well as this year being included in the 2013 list of Top 100 celebrated markets in America. Please join us to celebrate national farmers market week! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Roosters, Firetrucks, and Food!

Hi Friends! Lots of fun things happening at the market this week!

Saturday morning your Arlington Firefighters will be at the market from 10:30 to 12:00. Bring the kids out to hop in the truck and meet your local heroes!

Photo credit Photography By Lindsey.

Have you gotten your Red Rooster Route game card finished yet? Don't miss out on the great prizes this year. This Saturday July 27th is the last market day to fill your farmers' market box! Stop by the information booth between 10am and 3pm to see Audrey to get a stamp or return your completed card.

Find all the Red Rooster Route partners by clicking on the logo.

And of course the star of the show...stop by for the most amazing yummy treats to fill your belly! 

See you all Saturday in Legion Park between 10am and 3pm.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What's happening this weekend?

This Saturday July 20th come out to the market and meet Kathleen from Be.Well. 
 for yoga in the park at 11:00am.
 All ages and ability levels welcome! Lay down a mat 
or stick your feet in the grass and say "ohm". 

Week One Kick Off!

We just kicked off our 7th season, and what a day it was! our neighbors loved the new vendors and caught up with all their favorites from last year.

Customers purchasing FRESH produce from Rents Due Ranch- Photo Credit Slow Lane Images
I personally spent the day taking pictures, eating, chatting, and stamping game cards for the Red Rooster Route Road Ralley. The Red Rooster Route is an association of Arlington farms and agricultural activities formed to introduce families to heritage opportunities in north Snohomish County. You want to "know your farmer"? Come to the information booth at the market to pick up a game card for you and your family!
Strawberry girls at the farmers market- Biringer Farm is another Red Rooster Route partner!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Show your LOVE for Arlington farmers' market

 Show some love for your Arlington market by joining the I Love My Farmer’s Market Celebration

I Love My Farmers Market Celebration marks the fifth year American Farmland Trust has thrown a party for our nation’s farmers markets. You may remember when we won the American Farmland Trust "America's Favorite Farmers Market" contest last year in the both the "Small market" category as well as "Favorite" Washington market. Previously called America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™, this year instead of voting for your favorite market - participants, that’s YOU, are pledging to spend dollars in your community market.

The pledging process is very simple, simply go to and search for us. Once you select your market the rest is easy, and there is a super cool No Farms No Food® bumper sticker in it for you after you pledge to support favorite family farmers.

Once you have pledged to spend $10 in our Arlington market share with the world what you spent your “My Ten” - and pledge again the next day! I Love My Farmers Market Celebration™ aims to secure $1 million dollars in pledges by the end of the summer. Arlington, can you help blow that goal out of the water?!

The celebration is part of the American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® Campaign. Since its founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently save more than 5 million of acres of farmland.

Thank you for your support pledging and thanks so much for supporting your local family farms! Look forward to seeing you downtown this summer! We will be open Saturdays, July to September form 10am to 3pm.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Logo Contest for Farmers Market Lovers!

The Arlington Farmers’ Market needs a snazzy new logo and YOU could the artist to whip it up!

Here’s the vision: an old flatbed delivery truck (30’s to 50’s) hauling oversized veggies or fruit. On the door in the shape of a circle it says “Arlington Farmers’ Market”. “Downtown Saturdays” will also need to be incorporated someplace in the logo.

Get creative, and get your entry to by May 31st at midnight. You may submit as many versions as you like each with its own entry form to ensure anonymity during the selection process. On June 7th, the winning artist will be awarded a $150 cash prize! Even better--your work will be immortalized with a new permanent AFM sign installed on 172nd Boulevard!

The copyrighted images below were used to pinpoint our branding inspiration but should not be incorporated.


All entries are encouraged--novice, pro, young, old. You’ve just gotta love your farmers’ market and your community!

All concept questions are welcomed. Good luck!
Audrey Houston

Additional Details: Winning entry should be transferred to AFM electronically in both Vector and Bitmap formats. The winning logo will become copyrighted marketing material of the AFM, allowing unrestricted future use. The AFM may request up to two edits on the winning logo to ensure it will be put to best promotional use.