By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek, February 21, 2020.
According to a City of Mill Creek Facebook post, the city’s Farmers Market “Will be on a (Brief) Hiatus This Summer.”
Launched in 2018, the Mill Creek Farmers Market suffered from declining attendance over the past two years.
In 2019, then Communications and Marketing Director Joni Kirk told the city council that it was difficult for Mill Creek to compete with the larger farmers markets located in Everett, Snohomish, Edmonds, and Woodinville.
Market Manager Sarah Dylan Jensen worked hard to secure quality vendors, but last year there were very few produce vendors willing to set up at the market.
Many Mill Creek residents found it difficult to attend the farmers market because of when it was held. In 2018 the market was held from noon to 5:00 pm on Friday afternoons. The times and day changed in 2019 to Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Jensen informed the city recently that because of the low public attendance last year she wasn’t able to find vendors who were willing to return this year.
As a result, City Manager Michael Ciaravino decided to pull the plug on this year’s market, hopefully to return in 2021.