By Mina Williams For The Herald
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Mountlake Terrace residents should be enjoying farm-fresh fruits and vegetables as early as May at the city’s first farmers market.
The market will be located on 58th Avenue between the corner of 232nd Street SW and the entrance to the Civic Center. It will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. each Thursday to accommodate the vendors who work at other markets in the area. Initially, the plan is to start with 25 vendors during the first year, adding more later. The market would run through the end of September.
The Mountlake Terrace Business Association and its steering committee were instrumental in developing a plan that the City Council has approved. A sponsorship from Premera Blue Cross has been secured by the association.
“We are business people,” said Don Andrews, president of business association and chairman of the farmers market steering committee. “We make our money here, and we want to give back to the community. We also hope to bring some traffic from outside the city to spend money inside the city.”
The City Council supported the business group’s proposal, noting that a farmers market ranked very high with people during the Town Center planning process, Andrews said.
The first move for the committee was hiring a market manager, Grant Davidson. He is also market manager for farmers markets in Lake Forest Park, Woodinville and Crossroads in Bellevue.