Andrea Mendoza, Reporter/Office Manager
Passengers traveling to downtown Puyallup have probably noticed the cascade of white tents set up in the Pioneer Park and Pavilion. Starting in April, the Puyallup Farmers’ Market brings its clients eclectic products, food and entertainment every Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through mid-October.
According to puyallupmainstreet.com, the Puyallup Farmers’ Market has been a downtown Puyallup tradition for more than 30 years. It’s sponsored by Sound Family Medicine.
From hanging gardens to elephant ears, the Puyallup Farmers’ Market has something to offer everyone.
“There’s so many things to see and buy here,” market attendee Melody West said. “I’m going broke just seeing all the things I want to buy.”
Fresh produce is mainly sold at the market. These vegetables and fruits travel from all over the Puget Sound area to partake in this event. Many of the vegetables and fruits being sold have special deals if bought in large quantities. Puyallup Main Street Association has its own Pinterest account where any vendors and market goers can share recipes using products from the market.
“I buy everything here to make homemade pasta for my family,” Puyallup Farmers’ Market attendee Hope Keels said.
Beside produce, there are hygiene products as well as hand-crafted items. Objects includes wooden plaques with the Seattle Seahawks logo, hand-drawn pictures of the Pacific Northwest, windchimes, bath bombs, soaps and body oils.
Flower bouquets are a popular item among market goers. Starting at $5, these bouquets often include a dozen or more flowers depending on the preference of the customer. There’s also flower pots and bulbs available for those who want to grow their own.
People attending the event can also find themselves surrounded by many food stands similar to the Washington State Fair. Stands such as elephant ears, Fisher scones and mini doughnuts make it so people don’t have to wait for the fair for this type of food.
“I’m so glad they have elephant ears here because I just can’t live without them,” Matthew Silver said.
Pioneer Park also has playgrounds for children and live entertainment for a more lively atmosphere.
The Puyallup Farmers’ Market is a must visit for anyone living around the area. The atmosphere is full of energy and great smells to get someone’s taste buds and creativity flowing.
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