Have tent; will travel! We’re gearing up for the summer season, making lots of lotion and soap. We’re going to try out the Mt. Vernon Farmers Market and see how it goes. Word has it that the Swedish pancakes are seriously yummy, plus there are lots of other food vendors, so you may want to plan a visit around lunchtime.

Downtown Mt. Vernon, at the corner of Cleveland and Snoqualmie, across from the Library

Downtown Mt. Vernon, at the corner of Cleveland and Snoqualmie, across from the Library

We dropped in at the Ferndale Public Market on Saturday to see how we’d do. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and fellow vendors, and the weather was gorgeous.

The fountain plaza at the Ferndale Public Market

What a cool venue! The fountain plaza is right along Main Street with beautiful stone work.

The River Walk

Then it bends around and follows the Nooksack down to Pioneer Park.

The fountain at the Ferndale Public Market

Kids had a blast in the fountain all day long and we had a great day. We’ll definitely be back next Saturday.

It is with sadness I announce the end of the Skagit Valley Saturday Market. Two thirds of the starting vendors left the market. We were left with six on Saturday — not enough to continue — so we voted to close the market.

I’m not sure why it didn’t take off. The fact is we just weren’t seeing enough traffic. Was it the economy? People without much expendable income? Was it the location? Was it we didn’t have any farmers with fresh produce joining our ranks? In my mind, the economy was the biggest factor.

The most difficult part for me is saying goodbye to many fellow vendors who have become my Saturday family — Kate of Funky Country Clothing, Bev of Blue Collar Dog Treats, Janet of UKDK WA, Laura of Islander Herbs, Anne at Bush’s Nursery, Tammi of Tammi Layne Designs, Petra and her sweet children of Liliana Beauty Care, Dan and Gail Ferris of Ferris Wheel Creations, and many more. I hope to see you all on down the line. Hugs.

Loving the sun at the June 4th Skagit Valley Saturday Market. Vendors and shoppers were in great spirits. It broke 70 degrees, the first time in a record number of days in Western Washington.

Trying on some lotion silky goodness

They came by car and motorcycle, and even by bike.

Bicyclists checking out the market

This was the first of four Senior Saturdays — happening the first Saturday of every month — where vendors at every booth are offering discounts to anyone 60 and up.

Shoppers checking out Felted Fantasies

A popular booth was Ferris Wheel Creations, where visitors tried out the handmade Adirondack chairs.

Testing out the perfect Adirondack chair

While the whirlygigs worked overtime.

Adirondack life

Mother’s Day weekend marked the opening of the Skagit Valley Saturday Market.

Opening day at the Skagit Valley Saturday Market

Mother Nature definitely put her stamp on the day. We fought to tether our tent walls in the wind and the skies opened with wild outbursts of rain. But we lashed our poles and good thoughts together and did our best not to let the rain dampen our collective spirit.

Realms booth at the Saturday Market

We have since posted a press release on PRWeb and are getting some good indexing and pickups, including an article on page three in the Skagit Valley Herald.

Skagit Valley Herald article

Here’s to thoughts of sunbreaks for the Saturdays to come.

A small group of crafters and makers of specialty foods are starting up a Saturday market. It’s going to be located at the landmark Farmhouse Restaurant, just off Hwy. 20 as you’re headed toward Anacortes.

A brand new Saturday market

I’m delighted to be in on the ground floor. We’re opening the first weekend in May — and with the weather like it has been, the tulips are a little late, so they may be in full bloom for the opening. Just hoping Mother Nature will be shining on us too. http://skagitvalleysaturdaymarket.blogspot.com/