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. The Market 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 now 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 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 to our current location on the Civic Center Plaza, at the corner of Cedar St. and Sequim Ave.