Mary Dodsworth (253) 983-7887 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • MDodsworth@cityoflakewood.us
Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director

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City of Lakewood's Farmers Market, Presented By St. Clare Hospital

                                               

         

 

          

  

2018 Farmers Market

Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   June 5 to Sept. 11

 HOW DO I BECOME A VENDOR? Please fill out this Farmers Market Application. Mail the application adn check to smartinez@cityoflakewood.us. Applications will be reviewed and vnedors notified if they are accepted. Once accepted, vendors will need to fill out a temporary business license at 2nd floor city hall (no fee). You must have a business license in order to sell at the market. If providing food, please comply with all Pierce County Health Dept. rules and regualations. 

 KID'S DAY on Aug. 7, 2018. Youth can be vendors and sell hand made items, or show their talent on stage. Scroll down for more info!

The City of Lakewood is happy to announce the sixth season of the Lakewood Farmers Market! Returning this year as the Lakewood Farmers Market Presenting Sponsor, is St. Clare Hospital . The Market creates and celebrates Lakewood's strong sense of community while providing healthy food options for visitors. The market runs Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Opening day is Tuesday, June 5, and runs through September 11. It is located around the fountain, at City Hall (6000 Main St. SW) and features fresh food, organic produce, arts, gluten free items, sweet treats, crafts, live entertainment and music, chef demonstrations and a Master Gardener speaker series. 

Thank you to WSECU (Washington State Employees Credit Union) for being our stage sponsor.

Contact Sally Gilpin Martinez at or (253) 983-7758.  

New Vendor Highlights

Vendor Spotlight: Aspirations by Paula

Paula Wheeler can thank her grandfather for her success as a jewelry maker.

He didn’t make jewelry, but the special moments they shared walking the beach searching for agates when she was a young child planted the seed for the eventual launch of her business Aspirations by Paula.

Now more than two decades after starting her business and selling her intricate pieces at art festivals and farmers markets, Wheeler reflects on the impact those walks and visits with her grandparents had on her life.

"My grandmother taught me a lot about glass from her world travels and glass collection,” the Gig Harbor resident said.

Wheeler taught herself to make jewelry at 6 years old using a miniature jewelry tool kit ordered from the back of a comic book.

“I started making jewelry again in my late 20's, early 30's,” she said. “People liked what I was doing and started offering me money for it."

Making jewelry as a hobby is one thing, turning it into a small business is another.

Add to the complexity being laid off from her corporate job, and Wheeler was left without a lot of extra financing needed to get the business off the ground.

It took shrewd business skills to jump start Aspirations. But Wheeler thought if she could succeed in the corporate world, why not with her own business? She went to work and it soon paid off.

"I used my customers to grow my company," Wheeler said. "I gave them discounts when they brought me people."

Wheeler offers her customers more than just jewelry. She crafts pieces with individual history.

She doesn’t go to the hobby store for materials. Instead she seeks pieces that are not replicated today like glass beads with large quantities of manganese or 24k gold dust made before World War II that were found in 1995 in an old German factory.

"The glass was made so much more superior than anything made after the war," Wheeler said. "The ingredients in old glass reflect light whether you have long hair or short hair, or are in a dark room or standing in sunshine.

“The old glass makes fantastic earrings if you like your earrings to show.”

From the materials she uses to her customer service, every aspect of Wheeler’s business is personalized.

When customers order online, Wheeler makes the selection simpler by asking a series of questions about the buyer or the person that they're buying for. Then she sends suggestions along with a photo of each piece.

"I'm trying to feel a person out, what they're heading towards and where their personality is going," she said.

Wheeler enjoys the vendor lifestyle and loves the people she meets, but admits it is hard work. Still, to anyone who wishes to try, she offers this advice:

"Patience. Listen to customer's feedback. Listen to other vendor's advice. Trial and Error."    

Meet Wheeler and see her one-of-a-kind jewelry every Tuesday at the Lakewood Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.               

Yoli's . Come try this authentic,  dry salsa, it's delicious!      Forget Me Not Farms of South Sound, featuring fresh lavender
      

Lakewood Farmers Market Vendors 

Farmers

Amador Farms

Cezares Farms

Country Classics Farm

Dao Lee Garden

Doug McDonald Farms

Forget Me Not Farms, featuring fresh Lavender

Green Root Farms

Hayton Farms Berries

Moua Gardens

Robbins Honey Farm

Smith Brothers Farms

Food and Beverages-Come grab Lunch!

Charles & Terry Gourmet Chinese Food

Claddagh Cold Brew

Old Red Barn Popping Co - Popcorn and KettleCorn, and Lemonade

BoyGrit City Grub

Josefina's Burrito Boy food truck

Lumpia World food truck

Momma Q's Caribbean Food

Rawk Star Creations , Vegan and Vegetarian Food

Shelton's Dogongood Dogs

The Whistle Stop

Tornado Potato

Beer and Wine

Four Horsemen Brewery

Stina's Cellars

Reed's Sweet Wine 

Outlanders Keep

Artisans/Crafters

ACDC Crafts

All about Rhinestones

Alysya Creative

Aspirations by Paula

Buttonless Stitches

EK Arts

Fox Island Trading Company

GN Creations

Hot Flash Art

L.A.K. Woodworks

Pashmina Palace

Purely from Scratch

Rainroom Essentials

Sensual Body Care

Shugie's Jewelry

Soap Cabin

So So Chic

Other

Yoli's Dry Salsa

St. Clare Hospital ,  Blood Pressure Checks

Clover Park School District

Mark Miller Massage

Pierce County Master Gardeners

Lakewood Historical Society

Puget Sound Blood Mobile

Cascade Regional Blood Services

Join us for kid’s day at the Lakewood Farmers Market Aug. 7

To join the fun fill out this Kids Day Vendor Application . Also read these FAQ's . Children from across Pierce County from grade school through high school are invited to sell their handmade items at the market. The Kids Day Program teaches children not only the art of producing a product to sell, but also the basic skills of marketing, sales, expenses and revenues, supply and demand and public interaction. Children are also invited to share their talent on stage. This includes live music, singing, dancing, magic award shows , comedy and more. There is a $10, non-refundable application fee to be a kid’s vendor. See the application at the top of the page. Deadline is July 30.

Live Music

Squirrel Butter , husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck and Charmaine Slaven, perform traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band, and blues artists from the late 1800’s through 1950’s.  Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they play banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, step-dance, and sing in harmony.  They are anchors of the old-time music and square dance communities in the Pacific NW and beyond.

CHEF DEMONSTRATION SCHEDULE

TBD

 

WIC DATES

TBD