2018 will be the Sequim Farmers Markets 22nd Year in Busines!
We are an eclectic market of farmers, artisans, food processors and food vendors, with live music every Saturday from May through October. With over 40 vendors on the street during our peak season you are bound to find plenty of fresh gifts and produce to dazzle your friends and family.
Run by a Volunteer Board of Directors & a Market Manager
2018 Board of Directors
We meet monthly on the second Monday of the month. If you have something you would like to discuss with the board please contact our board president to arrange a time.
Board President – Dee Green – Studio by the Creek
Vice President – Vicki Swann – Canine Connected
Treasurer – Robin Reese of Sequim Tax Service
Secretary – Libby Ballard – Bountiful Creations
Karl Ayres – DEKA Chainmaille
Vince Gipson – Olympic Onion
Gina Witz – Stone Wear Art
Mike Ballard – Bountiful Creations
Market Manager, Elli Rose
Purpose and Objectives of the Sequim Farmers Market
- To promote the production and marketing of locally grown farm products, fine arts and handcrafted products from the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and the Olympic Peninsula.
- To stimulate public interest in the consumption of these products.
- To support sustainable agriculture on the Olympic Peninsula.
- To support farming and fine art opportunities for youth.
- To educate the public on community services.
Sequim Open Aire Market History
~ Now called The Sequim Farmers Market
The Sequim Open Aire Market was conceived in 1995 by a small group of community members who were involved in the Sequim 2000 and Fields of Flowers organizations. The original concept was to offer the community an additional reason to go downtown on Saturdays. The group wanted to provide a venue for locally grown produce, flowers, plants, as well as local arts and crafts. In addition, this would be a gathering place for local people to come together to shop, visit, enjoy music by local musicians and good food from local vendors. Their vision of the Market was to be a major factor in Sequim community lifestyle and boosting community spirit.
Organizational guidelines were developed to ensure that the arts and crafts offered were of the highest quality standards. A jury committee was established to review each vendor’s product line. The guidelines required that all products offered for sale be grown or made in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Also, arts and crafts products would be handmade and original productions.
Since then, the Market has moved onto Cedar Street, between Seal and 2nd Avenue. A Market Manager was hired to provide a central focus and management point, and has grown to over 50 members. Our membership area includes all of the Olympic Peninsula. Go to our Vendor Page to browse our list of members and their products.
The board in 2013 decided that we need to reconsider the name of the market. It was unanimously voted in (short one vote) by the membership, who are the vendors. The general feeling was that everyone seemed to explain that it was a farmers market, why not just call it that from the start.
In 2015 the market has both a manager and an assistant manager to keep operations running smoothly. After many successful years on Cedar Street the market was temporarily relocated downtown in Centennial Place, at the corner of Sequim Ave and Washington Street, and also in the “green lot” which is just half a block away. This was to accomodate the construction of our new Civic Center.
In 2017 we moved onto the Civic Center Plaza!!!