Bellingham Farmers Market
Bellingham, Washington, offers two
versions of its annual Farmers Market - a large, lively,
daytime downtown Saturday market, and a smaller, equally
interesting Wednesday afternoon and evening market in
Bellingham's historic, Victorian-influenced Fairhaven
Both markets are a great place to shop for fresh, local
food. Depending on the month, you may find local berries,
greens, herbs, corn and other locally-grown vegetables,
seafood, locally-made sausage, ice cream, hazelnuts,
chocolates, local cheeses, artisan breads, and baked
goods. Much of the food is certified organic.
The markets are also filled with local arts and crafts,
flowers and plants, and food vendors. Street performers,
musicians to jugglers, provide entertainment. And for the
travel-weary, body-workers are often on hand for chair
massages, or other kinds of mini-therapeutic
ministrations for a small charge. Every year the downtown
market also offers a number of special events, from the throwing out of the first cabbage on
opening day, to celebrations of local specialties like
berries, salmon and corn.
Downtown Bellingham Farmers
Bellingham's downtown Farmers Market, located on Railroad
Avenue at Chestnut Street is one of the largest farmers
markets in Washington State. After several years
residence in what, for the rest of the week, was a
parking lot, the Saturday market's location became
permanent with the creation of a Market Square on the
site in 2006.
The permanent Market Square includes a covered structure
built from steel recycled from a bridge that formerly
linked Burlington and Mount Vernon, Washington, just
south in Skagit County. Construction of the square
facility increased the market's season from spring
through fall, to spring through December. It now runs
April through December, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go early for
best selection and best parking.
Early arrivals can often find free angle-in parking along
Chestnut Street. Railroad Avenue, which runs north to
south from the WTA city bus terminal to the Farmers
Market location, offers metered angle-in parking. Some
parallel parking is also available on other nearby side
streets. There are a small number of handicapped parking
spaces on Railroad Avenue directly next to the market.
Take the bus
Bellingham also has a good citywide public bus service
which takes you within easy walking distance of the
market and downtown shopping.
Fairhaven District Farmers
Bellingham's Fairhaven District Farmers Market, located
on the Fairhaven Village Green, runs June through
September from 3 to 7 p.m.
Parking in Fairhaven
Parking can be at even more of a premium in the Fairhaven
District. There is some angle-in parking along the
streets, and public lot parking one block south of the
market. There are a limited number of handicapped spots,
primarily at the corners of the Village Green block.
Bellingham's bus service also runs through Fairhaven.
Sorry, No Dogs
The Bellingham and Fairhaven Farmers Markets both have a
no-dog policy, due to the bad behavior of some visiting
dogs in the past. If you have a dog, even a pocket or
purse-sized one, be warned. The markets are enforcing the
Bellingham Farmers Market web
Visitors shop the downtown Bellingham