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Kirkland's Juanita Friday Market opens Friday, offers new special events
The Juanita Friday Market kicks off this Friday with 32 vendors to serve market patrons this summer.
The farmers market at Juanita Beach will host nine new vendors that will offer products ranging from handmade bookmarks to ice cream and sorbet.
But Kirklanders can also expect four new special events to be held on the last Friday of each month. Kids Days will continue each first Friday of the month and will include kids crafts and a puppet show. A special “Kirkland’s Walk ‘n’ Roll Safety Fair” is planned for June 7.
The safety fair will include safe walking and biking, a puppet show from the First Baptist Church and a fire truck will be onsite for children to learn about.
Juanita Friday Market’s special events were designed to include more of Kirkland’s local businesses that might not be centered around the typical farmers market product.
“At the end of the day it is a local market,” said Tina Lathia, program assistant with the Parks and Community Services. “This way, local health care related businesses [can participate].”
The first special event will be the “Juanita Youth Fair” on June 28. Youth through high school age may sell their handmade products at the fair. The intent is to provide young, aspiring entrepreneurs a “real world environment” to learn and practice their business skills.
The Juanita Friday Market’s first annual “Juanita Health Fair” will be on July 26, and will encourage networking with local health care businesses as well as an opportunity to promote health care services and products.
Lathia said because Go Dog Go will not be available this summer, they hope to give the community something back by creating a smaller-scaled version - the “Juanita Pet Fair” on Aug. 30. The pet fair will have pet-related businesses and two pet adoption agencies for the community.
The last Friday of September (Sept. 27) will mark Juanita Friday Market’s first annual “Juanita Craft Fair,” which will promote local art and handmade crafts and products.
And the last Friday the market is open in October will be a Kids Day with donated pumpkins from a farm.
“Our main goal is to draw as many people [to the market] as we can,” Lathia said. “We don’t get that many customers if the weather isn’t good. We want people to hang out, eat at the local market and enjoy themselves.”
The 2013 Juanita Friday Market sponsors include Betsy Weyer, a Windermere realtor, Julie Metteer with Real Living Northwest Realtors and Kat Cannon with the Kirkland Kiwanis Club.
The Juanita Friday Market will run from May 10 to Oct. 4 every Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at Juanita Beach Park on Northeast Juanita Drive in Kirkland.
For more information, visit www.kirklandwa.gov/juanitafridaymarket.
2013 Juanita Friday Market vendor list:
11 Olives: Olive Oil, Infused Olive oils, Infused Vinegars, Salts
*As you wish: Handmade Bookmarks
Asia Farm: Fresh Produce, Berries and Flowers
Ayala Farms: Fresh Produce
Bautista Farms: Fresh Produce
Chue Ge garden: Fresh Produce and Flowers
*Cosmic Creamery: Ice-cream, Sorbet, Waffle Cones
*Crafted: Smores Kits, Salted pretzel mallows, Chocolate ganache, Brown butter salted chocolate chip cookies. Cocoa nib brownies, Seasonal caramels, cookie sandwich, champagne mallows, fruit crumbles, double choc. Espresso cookies
Crepe Masters: Sweet and Savory Crepes (Gluten Free option available)
Delicately Sweet Confections: Cupcakes, Chocolate Lava Pots, Caramel Sauce, Gourmet Marshmallows
First Fruits LLC: Fresh Fruits, Cider
George’s Bakery: Breads, Donuts, Pies, Cookies
Hayton Farms: Organic Berries
*Hedgehog Toffee: Almond Toffee
*Jessie’s Haute Cakes: Cupcakes
*Lauren’s Gemstone Jewelry: Gemstone Jewelry
Lisa Boyce Jewelry: Jewelry
Los Agaves: Mexican Food
Lulu’s Face Painting: Face Painting, Henna Art, Hair Tinsel. Rub in Hair Color
*Mama’s Mixin Bowl: Gluten Free Organic Baked Goods: Cookies, Vegan Brownies, Vegan Scones, Cupcakes, Flat Pies, Mini Pies, Cinnicups, Bread
Moua Garden: Fresh Produce and Flowers
Pompeii Wood Fired Pizza: Personal Sized Pizzas (Meat, Veggie, Cheese)
Reigning Kettle Corn: Kettle Corn
Sharon’s Gifts: Hand Crocheted Items & Vintage Jewelry
Skip’s Dips: Dips, Spreads, Salsas
Smith Brothers Farms: Sample Milk
Snoqualmie Art Glass: Glass Jewelry & Kid’s Clothing
Street Treats: Ice-cream, Root Beer Floats, Ice-cream sandwiches
*Swauk Prairie Produce: Dill Pickles, Jams, Seasonal Produce
The Trimmed Wick: Organic Soaps, Soy Candles, Bath Salts, Soy Lotions, Bath Bombs
Thong Garden: Fresh Produce and Flowers
*Wings and Wind Chimes/Forgotten Times Maps: Handmade -Wind Chimes, Bird Houses, Feeders, Needle Felting & Old Maps
* New vendors to the Juanita Friday Market
List courtesy of www.kirklandwa.gov.