Renton Farmers Market kicks off summer at Piazza Park
Opening day brought a huge crowd with local produce, live music and zero COVID restrictions.
By Bailey Jo Josie firstname.lastname@example.org • June 10, 2022 3:43 pm
The Renton Farmers Market has kicked off the summer season, and for the first time in two years, it will be held in its original home, Piazza Park.
“For the past two seasons we’ve been operating under strict guidelines, but we’re excited to be back at Piazza Park,” said Carrie Olson, Renton Farmers Market and Community Garden Coordinator. “We are excited to see smiling faces.”
The farmers market will be open every Tuesday through September 27th from 3-7pm and will be filled with local vendors, live entertainment, WSU Master Gardeners, children’s activities and food trucks.
On opening day, June 7, Renton Mayor Armondo Pavone, along with Ruth Smith of Kaiser Permanente, one of the market’s sponsors, spoke to the crowd, which included Renton Councilwoman Valerie O’ Halloran and Carmen Rivera, on the importance of the Renton Farmers Market. . After the speeches, Pavone rang the opening bell, allowing patrons to officially line up for the booths, which included local baked goods, beverages, ready-to-eat food and various products.
It wouldn’t be a farmers market without fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and cheeses from local farms, which was a major focus of the inaugural market.
“Farmers have had a tough spring, so we really need buyers to help them out,” Olson said.
Along with local vendors, a variety of live entertainment will fill the market’s lineup over the coming months, with each act having its own week. For opening day, local musician Biff Moss performed for the crowd and will return for the market’s closing day on September 27.
Along with Moss, enjoy other musical performances by the Hazen Jazz Band, Frankie McCabe, Henry LaVallee, Gianni Aiello, Abel Ames, Tor Dietrichson, Daniel Pellegrini, Danny Godinez, Paula Boggs and Ray Smalley. All musical performances are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m
Each week at the market there is a children’s activity area called the Kid’s Patch and the Kid’s Passport Program, a free 8-week program where children do activities, win prizes and learn about the market and “the importance of fruits and vegetables”. For patrons looking for sustainable solutions to their gardening problems or any plant-related questions, Master Gardeners will be available from 3-6pm each week.
The market also continues “SNAP Bucks” program. under the new name “SNAP Market Match,” which allows SNAP/EBT cardholders to match up to $40 on their cards with SNAP Market Match dollars, redeemable only at participating booths. Users can buy fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, seeds and edible plants through SNAP Market Match. Excluded from the program are cut flowers, alcohol and any food or drink intended to be consumed on site.
Piazza Park is located in downtown Renton at 233 Burnett Ave. Yes, where there will be 2nd Street access to free two-hour parking in the Renton Downtown Parking Garage. bus access
will be available at the Renton Transit Center, immediately north of the farmers market location. Logan Ave. S is closed during the market for the safety of shoppers and only service animals are allowed into the weekly event.
Renton Farmers Market Coordinator Carrie Olson presents the bell for Renton Mayor Armondo Pavone to ring, officially opening the market for the season. Photo: Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
Along with produce, beverages, art and ready-to-eat food, the Renton Farmers Market offers cut flowers. Photo: Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.