City of Lakewood's Farmers Market, Presented By St. Clare Hospital
Thank you to our Stage Sponsor
Thank you to our Advertising Sponsor:
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 Vendor Application . KID'S DAY is on Aug. 14, 2018. Youth can be vendors and sell hand made items, or show their talent on stage. Fill out the application today! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
. Come try this authentic, dry salsa, it's delicious! Forget Me Not Farms of South Sound, featuring fresh lavender
Lakewood Farmers Market Vendors
Country Classics Farm
Dao Lee Garden
Doug McDonald Farms
Forget Me Not Farms, featuring fresh Lavender
Green Root Farms
Robbins Honey Farm
Food and Beverages-Come grab Lunch!
Old Red Barn Popping Co - Popcorn and KettleCorn, and Lemonade
Grit City Grub
Josefina's Burrito Boy food truck
Lumpia World food truck
Momma Q's Caribbean Food
Shelton's Dogongood Dogs
The Whistle Stop
Beer and Wine
Aspirations by Paula
Hot Flash Art
Sensual Body Care
So So Chic
St. Clare Hospital , Blood Pressure Checks
Puget Sound Blood Mobile
Cascade Regional Blood Services
Join us for kid’s day at the Lakewood Farmers Market Aug. 14
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.
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