The Bellingham Farmers Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 5-11. We celebrate farmers and farmers markets all year long, but this week provides a great opportunity to highlight the value that farmers markets bring to local communities.
DID YOU KNOW…
- only 15 cents of every dollar you spend at traditional food outlets goes to the farmer? At farmers market, 100% of your food dollar goes to your local farmer
- we are a hyper-local market, which means that our mission is to provide a marketplace for farms and small businesses from Whatcom and Skagit counties.
- Bellingham Farmers Market prioritizes local agriculture in all its decisions — from featuring food vendors who purchase their ingredients directly from local farms to craft vendors who source materials that are ecologically responsible.
- 81% of farmers selling at farmers markets incorporate sustainable growing practices in their operation such as using cover crops, reducing tillage, and using on-site composting.
- locally owned retailers, such as farmers markets, return more than 3 times as much of their sales to the local economy compared to chain competitors.
The Bellingham Farmers Market prides itself on being a vibrant community gathering place. But we are much more than that — we advocate for small farms; provide access for low-income shoppers; educate consumers on the benefits of seasonal eating; engage children in activities that encourage healthy eating and creative enterprise; promote civic engagement by hosting local nonprofit and charities; collaborate with government and community partners to bring cultural, historic, recreational and historic activities to the community; and aim to do even more.
Our markets would not be here without the community that supports us, and we have evolved and grown to meet the needs of those that shop the market. Our Board of Directors continues to evaluate new possibilities for the market and we want YOU to weigh in! Look for upcoming surveys, brief questionnaires and other opportunities to share how you think the BFM can best support our local agricultural community while connecting them to community shoppers. We can’t do it without you!