Mill Creek to Launch Farmers Market in May 2018

Mill Creek to Launch Farmers Market in May 2018
Posted on 02/13/2018
Farm fresh produceThe City of Mill Creek will launch a farmers market in May 2018. The Mill Creek Farmers Market opens May 25 and will run each Friday from noon to 5 p.m. through Aug. 31. The market will be located in the Mill Creek City Hall North parking lot at 15720 Main St.

“We’ve heard from our residents in person, through focus groups and via formal surveys that a farmers market is highly desirable for our community,” said Joni Kirk, director of communications and marketing. “With the City’s focus on creating and maintaining an active, healthy community, plus its desire to draw more visitors to Mill Creek, the farmers market was a natural fit.”

Kirk noted that the day and time of the market will help encourage shoppers to enjoy more time out and about with family or friends. “This includes walking into Mill Creek Town Center to enjoy a bite to eat, check out local shops, or supplement their farmers market items with other supplies from local grocers,” said Kirk.

The market is managed by Sarah Dylan Jensen, who has served for the last three years as the market manager for the Snohomish Farmers Market. She has developed rapport with local farmers and merchants, and she is able draw on those relationships for the Mill Creek Farmers Market; vendors have already expressed a desire to be involved. During her tenure in Snohomish, a children’s program was implemented to provide a taste-and-see educational experience that helps kids learn where food comes from and how to use fresh produce. She also has worked hand-in-hand with local businesses to develop cross-promotional opportunities.

“My goal with farmers markets is to help foster better relationships between the community and their farmers, especially our younger generations,” said Jensen. “So much of our region is rich with produce and valuable resources - educating our communities about their food ensures the sustainability of that culture in our state.”

Conventionally grown food gets to consumers about two weeks after it was harvested, which is why a bag of lettuce purchased at a grocery store chain often spoils within days. But at the farmers market, items are likely picked the day before they are purchased and stay fresh for weeks. In addition, fresh produce tastes better and has more nutrients.

In addition to fresh produce from local farms, the market will include artisan products from local entrepreneurs. Information about current offerings leading up to the first market and throughout the season will be available at

For those seeking to sell at the market, vendor information is available at