Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market poised for kickoff

The weekly market at Fourth Avenue and Main Street starts up for the year Saturday at 9 a.m.

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WALLA WALLA -- Growers, artisans and food vendors will kick off the Farmers' Market on Saturday.

The Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market generally brings in about 65 vendors per weekend, who each pay $20 to $35 per day, depending on which day and whether they are members, said Executive Director Beth-Aimee McGuire. She also noted there is a special $5 per day fee for children 15 and under who sell.

For the most part, McGuire said this year's Market will look about the same as previous year, but there may be a few vendors missing because market staff are requiring certificates of insurance.

"Unfortunately there are a large number of people who haven't had it all along, even though it was in the rules that they needed it," she said, and added that only a few vendors opted out of selling this year because of the insurance certificate requirements.

"I have lost some, but I have gained some, so it is kind of one of those things that you hate to see but on the flip side it is a necessary thing," McGuire said.

The Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market is located at Fourth Avenue and Main Street and runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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