(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
FRESH FROM THE FARM: Chewelah mainstay will host First Wednesday evening markets…
It’s about that time of year again, as the Chewelah Farmers Market will soon be a sight down at the city park every Friday come rain or shine.
But it might look a little different this year as the farmers market has a new logo and a new night. Along with their normal Friday market, the collection of vendors will also host “summer nights” in downtown Chewelah from 5-8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, June through October. Several downtown businesses will also be staying open late to welcome shoppers.
The Chewelah Farmers Market has been around since 2008 and many of the vendors also are part of the Saturday Farmers Market in Colville.
Shelly Stevens, known for her work with TEDD, created the original logo for the market and vendors were originally set up at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church but eventually moved down to the more visible Chewelah City Park.
The new logo was also designed by Stevens and showcases more change by the Chewelah mainstay.
“After 11 years, and with some new, exciting events coming up this year, we asked Shelly if she’d help us create something new,” Joan Thompson, of the Chewelah Farmers Market said. “She came up with a concept and after some input from board members, we have a fresh, new logo that we’re delighted with.”
One of the changes last year that some people had asked about was why the market had shortened their traditional hours from 11:30-5:30 p.m. to the current 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. requirement. This has allowed the market to attract more vendors as most farmers markets are open about four hours.
They’ll add evening hours now, but instead of being in the park they will be located at 2nd St. and Main Ave. with live music, new vendors, kids’ activities and great food. Some of the musicians already scheduled are Sarah Brown, Killin’ Time, Chipped and Broken, Singing Fire Chief Dave DeVeau, John Miller and 7th Street Band, the Stevens County Stompers and the JHS Song and Dance Tour. This is also purposely set up with the First Thursday art walk. Market-goers can walk down to Quartzite Brewing to listen to the Wednesday artist’s lecture with that month’s featured artist. The Farmers Market is also working with community leaders in the application process for the Creative District. To keep up with events this season, check out ChewelahFarmersMarket.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
FARMERS MARKET VOLUNTEERS BREAKFAST
For everyone interested in helping out at the market, there will be a farmers breakfast on Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. at the Chewelah Senior Center. Come and find out more info about the farmers market. Please RSVP to Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHEWELAH FARMERS MARKET FUNDRAISER
There will be a fundraiser for the Chewelah Farmers Market at ChewVino Wine Bar and Restaurant (309 E. Main in Chewelah) on May 2, from 3-8 p.m.
People will be able to enjoy their meal, and 10 percent of the bill will be donated to supporting the Farmers Market.
Farmers Market board members and vendors will be on hand to greet and share the exciting plans for the 2019 season.