Cruise The Farmers Market

A San Juan Islands cruise can be tasty.

  A delicious and fun way to enjoy the San Juan Islands and the surrounding area is by visiting farmers markets. The markets are held from mid-May through September at many of the seaside communities that are accessible to boaters. At these community gatherings, visitors discover local produce, meat and seafood, as well as locally produced goods that may leave them wondering why they provision at a supermarket. Most importantly, they provide the opportunity to connect with the local farmers, fishermen and crafters.

It’s not just the food and wares of the farmers market, but the feeling of being in a joyful and close community. It’s difficult not to be drawn in by the atmosphere. The sense of community is heartening, as people talk in large and small groups while local musicians strum away on instruments of all shapes and sizes.

As great as the people are, however, the markets will transport you back in time to a world where every product is handcrafted and every morsel of food has been tended to by local farmers, fishermen, bakers or cooks. For people looking to pamper their body, there are lotions, soaps, bath bombs and scrubs. Don’t forget about the essential oils and great scents.

Pampering also comes in the form of clothing, tie-dye fashions, hemp products, hats, scarves and purses. The list goes on and on. Or think about adorning your body with the perfect piece of jewelry.

Also, check out works of art made by potters, woodworkers, painters, photographers, basket-makers and other talented individuals.

What about the food? You will find everything you need for a hearty breakfast, a picnic lunch or any other culinary delight on board.

To snack on while shopping, pick up fruitsicles, ice cream, doughboys, pot-stickers, hot dogs, burritos, noodle bowls or any number of sweets. And for taking back to the boat to enjoy, there are cheeses, jams and jellies, artisan breads and locally grown produce of all kinds.

Check out one of the farmers markets that abound in the area.

This great market began in the 1990s. There is fresh organic produce, delicious lunch ideas, chef demonstrations, kids’ booths and fresh breads.

Saturday, May through October
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Bellingham Farmers Market was founded in 1992. There are more than 50 booths every Saturday.

Saturday, April through December
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The market’s goal is to encourage the local economy, stimulate community participation, and to support local farmers, gardeners, artists and craftspeople.
Saturday, June through October
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(360) 332-6484

Coupeville Farmers Market is in its 41st year. This community market is where friends meet and shop for local products, share a meal together and listen to a bit of music.
Saturday, February through October
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Langley Second Street Market
The market is every Friday afternoon from the first Friday in June through the last Friday in September. The one exception is Choochokam Arts Festival weekend in early July.
Friday, May through September
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lopez Island
Saturday, May through September
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oak Harbor – Whidbey Island
The freshest local produce, baked goods, chocolates, unique arts and crafts, and the best fast food in town are all waiting.
Saturday, June through September
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Orcas Island
The Orcas Island Farmers’ Market started more than 25 years ago as a gathering of local farmers and crafters. Over time the market has grown to nearly 40 artisans and farmers displaying goods made and grown on Orcas Island.
Saturday, May through September
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Point Roberts
Saturday, June through August
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Port Townsend
The Port Townsend farmers market stems from a thriving network of sustainable farmers that culminates in a glorious presentation of fresh produce, crafts, art and music.
Wednesday, June through September
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday April through mid-December
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

San Juan Island
The San Juan Island Farmers Market is our source when visiting Friday Harbor for beautiful and bountiful island produce, crafts, baked goods, meats and seafood.
Saturday, April through September
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.