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Bright flowers, drippy skies welcome Renton Farmers Market opener

Paochia Hang of Fresh Flowers in Kent helps Darrell Munn, owner of Renton
Paochia Hang of Fresh Flowers in Kent helps Darrell Munn, owner of Renton's Black Chow Antiques, pick out some flowers at the Renton Farmers Market at the Piazza on a wet Tuesday afternoon on the market's opening day. Visitors trickled into the market, chatted with vendors and shopped despite the showers. The market continues through Sept. 25.
— image credit: Tracey Compton/Renton Reporter

 

The Renton Farmers Market at the Piazza got off to another soggy start this Tuesday, but folks turned out despite the rain.

The market’s open every Tuesday until Sept. 25. The Farmers Market at Valley Medical Center opens Sunday and runs through Sept. 16. It’s open noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday in the medical center’s parking lot.

Visitors at the downtown market will discover seafood vendors and a grilled vegetable vendor, which are two of the new featured vendors this year.

Familiar favorites are back like the same flower vendors, the shaved ice stand and Los Chilangos, the popular meat grilled on a spit.

Look for special themed days and events, which aren’t new but will be given more attention this year.

An Irish Day, Chinese Day, Italian Day, Hawaiian Day, Kids Day and Red, White and Blue Day are some of the themed days planned.

Valria Lopez, market coordinator, anticipates that produce will arrive faster this year than last.

“Hopefully it wasn’t as cold this spring as last year,” she said. “Last year it was really slow getting vegetables in, but this year it’s been a little warmer in April and May. So, I’ve already seen cherries, so that’s a really good sign.”

Vender Hazel Lao was back at the market for her second time selling American and Filipino candies and cookies.

Lao participated in the downtown market and Valley Medical’s Sunday market last year.

She enjoys coming because of the diverse groups of vendors and she called Lopez, the coordinator, “wonderful.”

“I love it, there’s a huge crowd all the time,” Lao said. “There’s happy people and it’s a great market.”

Tuesday’s crowd wasn’t huge, but a steady stream circulated through the Piazza.

“I’ve been impressed; there’s been a lot of people coming despite the rain,” said Mia Stephenson of Seattle Central Bakery. “I think we’ve got a lot of regular customers here who are glad the market’s starting up again.”

 

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