Farmers’ marketback in business

Published on Thu, Apr 12, 2007 by Tara Nelson

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Farmers’ market back in business

By Tara Nelson

Terry’s Farmers’ Market is back in business and owners Terry and Sharon Smith said they have big plans for the year ahead.

Smith, who, along with his wife Sharon, also own Birch Bay’s T-Shirt Booth, said this year they would like to expand the market to include more groceries, including bulk foods, natural foods and essential cooking items.

“We have a lot of square footage so we’re definitely going to be expanding,” he said. “I want to offer more local and artisan goods, but I also want everyday cooking items because not everyone wants something fancy. Some people just want ketchup.”

In addition to local produce, flowers, herbs, plants and the couple’s imported Mexican terra cotta chimineras, or outdoor fireplaces, the Smiths have added local eggs and raw, as well as pasteurized dairy products from Pleasant Valley Dairy in Custer and Edaleen Dairy and Twin Brook Creamery in Lynden.

“It’s pasteurized, but it’s not homogenized so you have to shake it up,” Smith said about Twin Brook Creamery’s products. “We just got it in today and already there have been customers who were excited about it.”

Add to that list, locally roasted Agri-Bay coffee and Russian breads baked daily in Blaine. Sharon said they are also talking to a vendor of organic meats and poultry,

“It’s pretty expensive so well see if that’s going to work, but it’s still exciting that people are popping out of the woodwork with stuff that’s available,” she said.

A separate public market features a variety of local food and arts, crafts on weekends and Wednesdays. Vending spaces for the public market are available at no cost. Terry’s Farmers’ Market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and is located at 3539 Birch-Bay Lynden Road. They can be reached by calling 366-0404.