Community Extra: Keeping history alive in Edmonds

EDMONDS — Each Saturday in the summer, vendors take over two blocks in downtown Edmonds, offering homemade, homegrown foods.

About 50 volunteers help make the Edmonds Summer Market happen, said organizer Margaret Wilcox.

The market was started in the 1990s to support the Edmonds Historical Museum. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 4 on Fifth Street, except for Aug. 9, during A Taste of Edmonds. A smaller garden market also runs in the weeks before.

Nearly everyone working at the summer market is a volunteer. They start setting up not long after dawn.

“We have lots of farmers with fruits and vegetables and flowers, and then we have cheese and processed foods, and we have also a lot of crafts people,” Wilcox said. “We try to make that a wide variety.”

The volunteers also staff the “White Elephant” booth, where donated goods are sold to support the museum. The goods include glassware, kitchenware, toys, tools, art and books.

“It’s nice, small items. That’s what we sell there,” said volunteer Bette Bell, 74, of Edmonds. She helped get the market started.

Bell used to teach history and social studies, and her husband ran the Edmonds museum. Through the market, she made lifelong friends, she said.

“It’s just exceptional,” she said. “Everyone who I have worked with has been enthusiastic and has been happy. The museum and our history on every level is extraordinarily important because if you forget the past, you’re not going to have much insight for the future. That’s really important.”

Rikki King: 425-339-3449;

How to help

The Edmonds Summer Market has opportunities for volunteers, including high-school students and folks who are comfortable moving heavy objects such as tables.

For more information, call 425-774-0900.

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