From May through September, the Woodinville Farmers Market comes alive on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm at DeYoung Park in downtown Woodinville. As with most local farmers markets, one would expect to see fresh produce, cut flowers and sweet kettle corn, along with handmade jewelry, lotions and local musicians. This is true with this farmers market, but the best part is getting to meet the market’s entrepreneurs in person. These are individuals doing what they enjoy; sharing their skills with you. They are of all ages, happy to see familiar and new faces alike that stop by to visit their goods.
One vendor is Golden Girls Honey and Hives. On market day, Carol and her husband Don Wardlow, sell their homemade raw honey in jars and straws. Their honey comes in a variety of flavors based on the type of flower their bees collected nectar from, including blueberry and blackberry blossoms to name a few. Don is a retired PE teacher from Canyon Park Junior High School. He is a survivor of a near fatal heart attack and his wife Carol, is a breast cancer survivor. Although they are both retired from their careers, they are full of life and have discovered a passion for beekeeping and selling the honey produced by their bees. If you are in the area, stop by their booth, say hi, and ask for a free sample of their home-grown, raw honey.
At another booth you will find Marshall Leroy and his sister Adelaide selling fresh produce, harvested in the early hours from Marshall’s small farm. The name of his farm is Alki Market Garden, where Alki, a term coming from the Native American Chinook Tribe, translates to the phrase “By and By”. Marshall may get his skillful hands dirty working the fields, but he is also a gifted farmer and graduate of the University of Washington. Here he earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. His farm is located within the beautiful Sammamish Valley of Woodinville, home to one of the most fertile soils in the United States.
His sister, the radiant and charismatic Adelaide, is a graduate of Western Washington University, where she earned her degree in Communications. She is a dazzling and fun individual and the social media and marketing guru for Alki Market Garden. Together, they are a dynamic duo radiating with energy and good cheer! Be sure to stop by their booth and take home some of their fresh produce harvested from the beautiful Sammamish Valley.
Although a bit unique for what one would normally expect to find at a farmers market, is a booth manned by Heidi Lovett of Swerve Robotics. Heidi is the executive director for Swerve Robotics and is no stranger to teaching. She was an extraordinary homeschool mom whose kids, now adults, have taken off in their careers. Today, she is as valuable as ever to a new generation of youth.
Swerve Robotics is a non-profit organization that offers the opportunity for young people to become positive minded and successful individuals through the learning of science and technology. And yes, they build and program robots that compete against robots from other teams! Communications, problem solving, and time management are just a few of the skills their team members learn and develop in the program. They are currently taking donations to help fund their teams’ trip to Botswana, South Africa. If you happen to have or know of a child that has an interest in learning the field of robotics, be sure to stop by and visit Heidi and some of the other members of the Swerve Robotics team.
The Woodinville Farmers market, held at DeYoung Park in downtown Woodinville at 13680 NE 175th St., is located across the street from Molbaks nursery. For more information call (425) 318-0773 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.