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“Closed up on us...FAST!”

Bellingham Farmers Market
Ranked #19 of 89 things to do in Bellingham
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

After hearing so much hype about this farmer's market, we decided to visit after a tour of WWU. We got there late...right before closing time of 3:00, but we didn't realize it because we had been told that it stayed open until 4:00. The vendor where we ordered fish tacos didn't tell us that they were closing....just told us that we couldn't have some of the items very rudely. Then served us cold salmon sandwiches and cold fish tacos (and these are not the typical fried fish tacos...but some kind of really bland white fish served on a flour tortilla with cabbage....skip it). If they had told us they were closing it would have been our "ah ha" moment which would have excused the rest.

Because then we sat down at a table to eat...it was probaby 3:05 by now and within a few minutes someone came over and told us to get up so they could put the tables away. They told us to go eat on some benches and then stood there waiting for us to move.

Again...if we had realized it was closing we would have understood. But everyone was so rude it was almost shocking. I know what it is like to want to close up and have customers linger, but we honestly were treated badly. Can't speak to the rest of the vendors. In our town the little farmer's market vendors are so nice, and so helpful, and they want to sell their wares and foods up until the closing bell.

We were on a trip to visit WWU to see if our child would want to attend. At the end of the day he said,"that would have been a perfect trip if only we had not gone to that farmer's market."

2  Thank Aljameela
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

Lots to see here and poke around for a few hours. Fresh produce, great soaps, lotions, lavender and even a chance to get a chair massage to feel relaxed.
The lunch/food area is certainly eclectric and offers some interesting choices.

Thank Josie K
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

Four of us (two couples) traveled down to Bellingham WA on the Alaska Marine Highway and spent several wonderful days roaming around Bellingham. We really enjoyed the Mt. Baker Highway (Rte. 542), the Plover Ferry out of Blaine, the Art Walk in Bellingham, and of course, the Bellingham Farmer's Market. Lots of great food to eat and food to buy, fun entertainment, arts and crafts--a terrific way for families, couples, or individuals to spend a few hours eating and people watching. Be sure to get there early as several booths ran out of food. From the market, you can take a walk or ride on the bike trail too (especially if you eat a lot, as we did)!

Thank Viajera51
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

The Bellingham Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM, starting on the first Saturday in April and running to the Saturday before Christmas. At the height of the growing season there will be over 100 vendors: vegetable and fruit growers, prepared food providers (Indian, Ethiopian, Greek, Thai, bakery, meats, cheeses, etc.), and crafts people. Disclaimer: I attend this market regularly to help my daughter sell her husband's superb pottery. No matter -- my review here is based on the food I manage to cram in or pack to take home (San Juan Island), and my favorite buskers.

First the food: you'll find a favorite, I'm sure, but I can't let the day go by without a combination plate from India Grill and a Caprese sandwich with eggplant from Brandywine. For dessert, Breadfarm, any of their cookies or muffins. In between, fruit in season from Tiny's or other fruit growers.

For entertainment -- once again, you'll find your favorite. Mine are the Buckingham sisters string quartet and the hurdy-gurdy (authentic French instrument) man; also Malcolm the bagpiper, on the rare occasions he shows up. I can see that others appreciate these musicians just by looking at the amount of tips left in their cases, and by the length of time people will stop and listen.

Little children with you? No problem: there are face painters, balloon people and other attractions for children. I see a lot of 2 to 4 year olds held enchanted by the musicians or dancing to the music. Older people? There are benches and picnic tables for a sit-down.

Ignore the grump who tells you, "I don't want to pay higher prices at farmers markets just because they say it's organic." A recent study showed that many prices were lower at the local farmers market than at the local supermarket. It's logical: the food isn't transported so far. I expect you'll save money for another reason, as well: the fruits and vegetables have been picked less than 24 hours before they're brought to market, sometimes less than four hours. This food will last longer than the supermarket produce -- and taste fresher for at least the first six days in your refrigerator (if you don't eat it up first).

3  Thank edradour36
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