FERNDALE — A wide variety of booths and stands populate the Ferndale Farmers Market each Friday afternoon, and many of them have at least one thread in common: Their owners love meeting the market’s visitors.
Many vendors sell their wares at the market, including toys, produce, soap,a honey, ice cream, canned preserves, art and books.
Linda Keller brings handmade dish towels and baby clothes to the market each week.
“Talking with people is my favorite part, of course,” Keller said.
The Ferndale Farmers Market runs from 2 to 6 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 8 in the parking lot adjacent to Ferndale’s Grocery Outlet Bargain Market.
Visit www.FerndalePublicMarket.com for more information.
Jordan Creek Farm
Judy and Jenna Thompson haven’t been in Ferndale long, but the market has already proven to be a useful way to get to know their new home.
“We moved to Ferndale in October,” said Judy, co-owner of Jordan Creek Farm. “We’re getting a chance to know the community by being here. It’s a lot of chatting and a lot of opportunity to get to know people.”
Judy and her daughter, Jenna Thompson, were at the market on Friday selling upcycled vintage items and flowers. Jenna said they upcycle many different kinds of items, including hand-me-downs, vintage items and pieces from thrift shops and consignment stores.
The name of their business comes from a 1940s topography map showing a creek on the acreage the Thompson family purchased when they recently moved to town.
Once they secure a permit, the Thompsons will bring cookies, candies and baked goods to the market as well.
Keith Maddux first became interested in building wooden toys years ago, with the help of his father-in-law.
“My father-in-law, believe it or not, cut some holes out with a hole saw and I saw the holes and I thought, I’ll make something out of that,” Maddux said. “So, I started building trucks. That was back many years ago.”
Maddux now offers various kinds of toy trucks, as well as airplanes, tractors, birdhouses and more. His personal favorite is a tractor he built pulling a hay wagon.
It has been a while since Maddux has built anything new, but he does have an idea for a tow truck that can hook onto other pieces and pull them around. He built a custom piece for Berk’s Towing, and he might take that and make it into a regular piece.
“I haven’t made anything for a long time,” he said. “I’m stocked up. I haven’t made anything for over a year and a half. I need to start making a few.”
Maddux first began setting up shop at the Ferndale Farmers Market the year it was established — 2007 — when it was located at Centennial Riverwalk Park.
“Talking to people is my favorite part of it,” he said.
Evan Turner moved to Bellingham to establish his bakery, Rufous Bakery, and he worked all winter and spring to get it up and running.
“I’m just starting this summer, so it’s brand-new,” he said.
Originally from Seattle, Turner previously worked in a bakery for two years in the Methow Valley, and he moved just a month ago. He said Bellingham has more people, and he was ready to make a change and get his business up and running.
“It’s fun to meet people and interact with people,” Turner said. “Compared to being in the kitchen and making all the bread, you just get to set up and just relax.”
The Rufous name comes from the rufous owl, which tends to be reddish in color. The name matches Turner’s hair, and the red color of the bread he makes.
“The crust tends to be reddish,” he said. “It’s a little random, but it’s just a word I like.”