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Renton Farmers Market opens | SLIDESHOW
The Renton Farmers Market at the downtown city Piazza officially opened for another season on Tuesday, with an expanded reach and selection.
"What's new this year is Market West," said Carrie Olson, city farmers market coordinator. "It's just on the west side of Logan and we have space for artisans, crafters and additional educational opportunities."
Not completely full yet, Market West, located at the former Big 5 site, had just a few vendors on opening day, including kids from the organization CryOut, painting market wheelbarrows.The city is also working on getting Washington beer and wine vendors to the market for tastings.
There will be about 63 vendors at the Renton Farmers Market this season, with about 80 percent returning from years past, including Trevani Truffles, handmade chocolate truffles, bon bons and bars by Anne Boyington, of Renton.
"It's my hometown," she said. "I have a lot of regular customers here. Once you start getting customers, you kind of have the responsibility to show up."
Boyington has been coming to the market for eight years with her chocolate treats. She tries to use ingredients from local farms, including some of the vendors present. She even uses mint from the Cedar River banks.
"So we try and keep it kind of local if we can," said Boyington.
This year's market features produce from local farms, baked goods, flowers, furniture, accessories, prepared foods, ice cream, kettle corn and all the wonders one would expect from a community farmers market.For a complete list of vendors and to check out the harvest season, visit the website at www.rentonfarmersmarket.com.