Bremerton will have a second farmers market on Sundays

Bremerton will have a Sunday farmers market on the boardwalk near the fairy ferry terminal starting July 24.

The Bremerton Farmers Market association announced the extra market Thursday.

Unlike the second market two years ago created after a market leadership disagreement, this new market is born of an attempt to liven up the city on Sundays and will be run by the same organization that runs the Thursday market at Evergreen Park.

Bremerton farmers market organizers were approached by city council members after Bremerton and Port Orchard agreed to run foot ferries on Sundays, said market manager Julia Zander.

Bremerton’s Thursday market has been growing with more vendors making more than last year and greater attendance (particularly on sunny days), Zander said.

Market leaders also have been working with the port and business associations. Bremerton councilman Roy Runyon offered to pay half the market’s insurance fee out of his own pocket, she said. The market association is working on securing funding for the second half.

“We think there’s a lot of momentum,” she said. “People are really excited about this.”

The market plans to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will be the only formal farmers market on Sundays in Kitsap County. The market’s last day will be Sept. 25.

7 thoughts on “Bremerton will have a second farmers market on Sundays

  1. I’m glad to support local food, but I’m sorry that the Farmers Market has so diverged from its original purpose of feeding local people that it is starting a new venture on Sundays, when no Kitsap residents who take the bus will be able to come.

    I won’t be able to go to this market. I wish Saturday had been an option.

    1. I don’t know that a Saturday market in Bremerton would survive with three other markets in Kitsap (Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Port Orchard) on the same day.

      – Angela

  2. @Suzanne- Angela is correct. There are already several local markets on Saturday, so participation by vendors & customers would be lower if we chose Saturday. We’re glad to provide the Thursday Market as an option for those that ride Kitsap Transit exclusively. The Sunday market will reach several unique groups- the live-aboard community at the marina, those that work late hours during the week (myself included) who may be unable to get to the Thursday market in time after work, and those that live downtown or may be staying in hotels downtown.

  3. Will people have to pay to park in order to go to this one? Because I can’t imagine anyone wanting to do that, unless they really want their vegetables.

    1. There is free parking on First Street, by the Kitsap Credit Union, which isn’t far if you’re able to walk. The lot right next to the boardwalk is usually paid, but I’ll ask someone on Monday and double-check that.

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