The Blaine Gardeners Market, now in its third week of the season, has seen strong participation so far.
Ron Snyder and Kathy Taggett, who have been involved in organizing the market, said the community has taken it over.
“It’s truly the people’s market,” Snyder said. “Vendors set up and take down on their own or with help from the other vendors. People have been coming out in spades to shop or just to see and be seen.”
The market is held on Saturdays at the H Street Plaza at the intersection of H Street and Peace Portal Drive. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but vendors can set up as early as 8:30 a.m.
The vendor fee is $1–4 depending on the space required, with spaces up to 10' by 10' available. For non-profit groups and kids who are running their own booth (parents can help), there is no fee.
“There have been kids who sell homemade cookies, eggs from chickens they help raise or homemade crafts,” Taggett said.
“We want people to sell things that they are making, growing or preparing locally, as opposed to things they are buying wholesale from China,” Snyder said.
Musicians are welcome to play at the market, and can play for tips if they want to. The market runs until late October, and will end with the judging of the scarecrow contest.