21 Acres retail Market opens at noon on Thursday, May 3, featuring sustainable local, farm product.
The new market is in green-built Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living at 13701 NE 171st Street in Woodinville. The 21 Acres Market will be open year-round giving shoppers affordable options for fresh produce and eggs and other farm products while supporting local farmers, according to 21 Acres staff.
The market will start small with offerings reflecting the early spring season, with products becoming more abundant through the summer and into the high farming season in the Northwest, according to Cat Brimhall, retail manager at the store. In addition to fresh product, the 21 Acres Market will also sell flour, eggs, cheeses, dried beans, hummus and other staples.
Brimhall has spent recent weeks talking to farmers, on the phone, by email and in their fields and kitchens, to develop a sourcing plan that will provide products that the local community needs and that farmers can provide in reliable quantities.
“The fact that the 21 Acres Market will start small, will mean that we can provide special items grown by area farmers who are not producing large volumes and wholesaling regularly to other much bigger stores,” Brimhall said. “We are committed to paying farmers fair prices and being flexible in our needs,” she added, “So we can take advantage of working with producers who are growing the most beautiful and flavorful farm product available. This will likely mean that it will make sense for us to source things to offer customers that other grocers cannot. Each week will showcase some very special things.”
Opening day events throughout the day from Noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 3, include: tastings of recipes from the new Culinary Course Program; samplings of farm products; special treats for children; and, tours of the 21 Acres green-built building.
The 21 Acres Market will be open Noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays weekly. As feedback is received from community members, market hours may be adjusted. For more information about the Market and a peak at the current product list, visit 21acres.org/Market.
Here is a list of farms that are participating at the market:
Floret Flower Farm
Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy
--Some information from 21 Acres press release