First-Ever Lakewood Farmers Market Blooms This July

Local vendors will sell produce, homemade treats, flowers and crafts every Tuesday

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (May 31, 2012) — Starting this summer, fresh locally grown produce, live entertainment and arts and crafts will be featured at the first-ever Farmers Market in the city.

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each Tuesday, from July 10 to August 28, 2012, the Farmers Market will be open on the City Hall plaza, located at 6000 Main Street SW in Lakewood, Wash.

“We are hoping for 30 vendors,” said Mary Dodsworth, parks, recreation and community services director of the City of Lakewood. “We have a list confirmed, but we need additional participants. It’s not too early or too late to sign-up.” Potential vendors and entertainers can download applications at /farmersmarket .

The city is spearheading the pilot project in partnership with a community leadership team. The purpose of the market is to create a sense of community and celebrate Lakewood’s unique assets. Providing fresh, healthy food choices for local residents is another benefit of the project.

“The new Farmers Market will provide a place in the city center for citizens to meet, greet and buy fresh foods and crafts in a casual and festive environment,” said City Manager Andrew Neiditz.

Look for more fun summer time activities happening in the City of Lakewood by routinely checking the city’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us .

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the eighteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 3,200 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2011, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fifth year. In addition to vibrant residential and business communities, the city offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. These include: five lakes offering water skiing, rowing, and fishing; four golf courses; Fort Steilacoom Park, and Lakewold Gardens, to name a few. The city also is the gateway to: Chambers Bay Golf Course, selected as home to the 2015 U.S. Open; Mt. Rainier National Park; and Puget Sound waterways and islands.