Yelm Farmers Market Set to Return at End of May

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 5/17/22

Lovers of the Yelm Farmers Market will soon be able to peruse items from local and regional vendors as the event is set to open for the season on Saturday, May 28.

Jon Jamieson, who is in his …

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Yelm Farmers Market Set to Return at End of May

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Lovers of the Yelm Farmers Market will soon be able to peruse items from local and regional vendors as the event is set to open for the season on Saturday, May 28.

Jon Jamieson, who is in his fifth year of managing the Yelm Farmers Market, is excited to bring back the popular event that he says is important for local businesses and the community. 

“I feel the market benefits Yelm by bringing in local businesses and having local products available that you can’t buy in stores. It shows the community some of the local people they walk by and see every day are creating some pretty awesome things,” Jamieson said. “The market also brings locally produced fruits and vegetables to your table as well.”

Jamieson said the market will coincide with several city sponsored events throughout the summer, which will include Prairie Days and the Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally, among others. 

“We’re very excited this year about our markets because we have a lot of festivals that our market will get to interact with,” Jamieson said. “We hope that more Yelm residents will realize that there is in fact a farmers market here in town, while they’re attending those different events this summer.”

This year, the Yelm Farmers Market already has 34 vendors lined up, with more expected to join. Returning to the farmers market after a several year absence will be Reed’s Sweet Wine. K-Komida Tacos will also return for a second straight year, after those in attendance raved about their tacos, said Jamieson. One of the longest tenured vendors will also be in attendance again this year as Bee Forever Apiary returns with some of their raw and flavored honey.

Jamieson said he is relieved that COVID-19 restrictions have loosened in time for this year’s markets, but he hopes people can still respect the 6-foot social distancing recommendation. Masks will not be required. 

Jamieson said the farmers market is important to the Yelm community, since it opens patrons’ eyes to new businesses they may not be aware of. Supporting local, small businesses is not only important for the businesses themselves, he said, but also for the residents who can find products outside of supermarkets or nationally recognized stores.

“I believe that coming to an environment with people who care about what they’re selling is important,” Jamieson said. “You can support your community and your local businesses by coming to the farmers market each week.”

The Yelm Farmers Market will be held at the Yelm Community Center for its fifth consecutive year.

“We have a lot of great programs going on and we’re opening up more with potentially having some live music,” Jamieson said. “We’re excited to watch the market grow into one of the best in the state.”

The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at the Yelm Community Center, 301 Second St. SE. The final farmers market of the year will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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