Farmers Market debuts


The Mirror

The sun was out, Elvis sang and the Federal Way Farmers Market was open last Saturday –– all in all, a successful first day for the new attraction.

Vegetables, flowers, woodworks and handmade dolls and jewelry were among the wares for sale by vendors. Shoppers and gawkers wandered among the booths filling the northwest corner of the SeaTac Mall parking lot.

That’s the plan for the market each Saturday through Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Market organizerrs, who got $21,250 in city lodging tax revenue to help with startup costs, promise weekly displays of merchandise that will change seasonally. Also part of the market are food concessions and a gardening advice booth.

At a ceremony before the official opening of the market Saturday, Elvis Presley impersonator Phil Edwards of Federal Way sang the National Anthem –– part of an effort to put some “fun” in the market, said Rose Ehl, one of the organizers.

The vendors and their wares are what bring people to farmers markets. And, in the case of the Federal Way venture, sometimes the vendors are first-time participants, such as Angela Moua and her family. They were selling leeks, lettuce, sweet peas and other produce from their garden Saturday. Also for sale were Moua’s handcrafted dolls in traditional clothing of Laos, her now-Federal Way family’s native country.

Another rookie market vendor was Sue Wallick. The Renton woman said she has been making bracelets and other jewelry from sterling silver and semi-precious stones for a year and decided it was time to try selling some.

“My sister has a booth at the Vancouver Farmers Market and helped get me started. I think this (Federal Way) market is going to be real nice,” Wallick said.

Larry Holocker agreed. A woodworker from Lakewood, he decided to try Federal Way aftter selling the last four years at Gig Harbor’s market. “I figured everyone there has a wooden dog bowl or bird feeder by now,” he quipped.

Markets are “a nice way for people to get outside and walk around,” he added.

Editor Pat Jenkins: 925-5565,

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