Back in December when we moved from Friday Harbor Dan and I decided that we really wanted to get into the heart of the Anacortes community. We signed up for the Ancortes Farmers Market, to be able to meet some local people, businesses, and introduce my art. We couldn't be more pleased with the response. The people of this town are very genuine and welcoming. What a little secret gem we have found. The weather here is part of the "banana belt" getting less rain than Seattle. It is a small town community way off of the I-5 corridor. The best part is that we are now able to drive places, unlike living on San Juan Island. The farmers market itself has been a wonderful experience. We have made so many new friends. I wish I could post all of my market pictures on this blog......if you would like to see more photos, you can check them out on my Carla's Funky Art Fan Page. Some of our favorites.....are: Two Girls Baking (who make the best cupcakes I have ever seen), Salsa Mama, and Chicks and Wicks. The vendors are so wonderful, and I feel like we have found a "little group of friends." The market manager Keri Knapp, does an AWESOME job of keeping everything organized and happy. I am not sure how she pulls it all off with the huge amount of vendors. The Anacortes Market also has some wonderful "extras" as far as your local farmers market goes. There is live music, a large food court, a new bike rack to encourage riding your bike, a kid's tent, and brand new compostable bins next to the garbage cans. There are many repeat customers every Saturday who get there bright and early to grab the local produce. I am really hoping to catch a shot of the farmers booth's in the morning, it is so beautiful with all the colorful produce and veggies! We have met some wonderful visitors from other countries and states. This little small town is bubbling with tourists this time of year. I feel honored to be a part of our local market, and being able to meet some wonderful town folks! Hope you all had a GREAT and SAFE fourth of July. Happy Summer!