The Kirkland Wednesday Market sprouts on Park Lane downtown once again Wednesday afternoon at 2, and this year the forecast promises appropriately fair weather.
Last year, you might recall, the market opened on a damp and drizzly Wednesday. But the National Weather Service is predicting partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s when the market opens its 2012 season, rampant with fresh flowers, early local produce, Eastern Washington spuds and fruits, honey, baked goods and more.
“I’m still in shock, I think this will be the first sunny day for the opening in four years,” said Christina Martin, manager of the market, which is sponsored this year by the , Waste Management and . “We’ll probably have a sudden thunderstorm!”
The market will be open every Wednesday on Park Lane between Lake and Main streets from May 16 to Oct. 17, 2-7 p.m.
Back after being gone last year will be the wood-fired wonders of Seattle’s Veraci Pizza, and new this season will be the gourmet franks of traveling G&G Dogs. “Veraci Pizza was the most requested vendor people wanted at last year’s market,” said Martin.
Other new vendors include Hand-Farmed Organics from Fall City; Harmony Fields, an organic farm in the Skagit Valley; Collins Family Orchard from Seah, Wash.; and the hand-crafted cheeses of Black Sheep Creamery in Chehalis.
“We finally have a cheese vendor!” said Martin.
Other farms, fresh food and flower vendors include: Bills Fruits, Family Pepper & Produce, Five Acre Farm, Hayton Organic Berries, Martin Family Orchard, Sidhu Farm, Sakuma Berries and Tea, Tiny's Organic, Cha's Farm, Youngquist Berry Farm, Smith Brothers Farms, Wilson Fish, Thai Yang Garden, Yeng Garden, Der's Garden, Chue Ge Garden, Mee Garden and Ia's Garden.
Food producers include: Big Spoon Jams, Deru Market, La Pasta, Seattle Bagel Company, Little Prague, Skips Dips, Lilli-Pilli Patisserie, Fancy Free Bakery, Lillie De Vallee, Classic Kettle Corn, G & G Dogs, Veraci Pizza and and the Smoking Veggie Grill.
The city of Kirkland is advising motorists that Park Lane will be closed to traffic each Wednesday from about 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the market season. Martin gave the city a shout-out for being so cooperative. “The city has been so supportive of the market and has been so helpful in working out issues,” she said.
Kirkland’s other outdoors market, the Juanita Friday Market, at and will be there weekly, 3-7 p.m., through Oct. 5.
For a photo gallery of last year's Kirkland Wednesday Market opening, .