Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Lynnwood farmers market is a no-go

City loses grant bid

By Mina Williams
Herald writer
LYNNWOOD — The city lost its bid for a grant that would bring a farmers market to Lynnwood.
City officials requested $30,000 from Verdant Health Commission for the first year’s operation of a farmers market.
There is an option for Lynnwood to reapply.
“It was very disappointing,” said Lyn Sordel, director of parks, recreation and cultural affairs for the city, on March 30, after hearing the news. “We were very optimistic that a farmers market would tie into the commission’s mission and purpose of health and wellness initiatives for South County residents.”
Lynnwood has been spearheading initiatives that foster healthy families through the Parks and Recreation Department.
Verdant awarded the city three grants totaling more than $893,000 in July 2011. Those grants were earmarked for third-graders to have swim lessons, the Move 60 after-school program for teens and the Get Movin’ family program.
The proposed site for a farmers market would be in the 4100 block of 198th Street, by the city’s Permit Center.
That site also is within the future City Center core.