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What's happening at the market on 7.7.22

Updated: Aug 19, 2022

Thursday, July 7, 2022

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Evergreen Rotary Park, 1400 Park Ave, Bremerton WA

Kids Market Bucks Club

Kids ages 3-12 are invited to join us tomorrow, July 7th, to learn about the importance of bees! They'll learn about the lifecycle of a honey bee as well as view a live beehive from the inside! After the kids complete the activity they'll be given $4 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market! To learn more about this program: Kids Market Bucks Club | Bremerton Community Farmers Market | Bremerton

Thank you United Way of Kitsap for making this program possible!

Free COVID Test Kits and Masks

Kitsap Public Health is providing free at-home test kits and high-quality masks to individuals in Kitsap County that are most impacted by COVID-19 or who may have barriers to accessing these supplies through other avenues. If you're in need of these supplies, please stop by the Info Booth.

Market Tokens Are Money!

Do you have any market tokens lying around? Maybe in your glove box, your junk drawer, or at the bottom of your purse? Dig them out and bring them on Thursday!

Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Applications for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program are available at the Info Booth. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides nutrition to income eligible seniors via checks to be used at approved farmers markets. We are excited to announce that 2022 eligible applicants may elect to receive $80 in checks! Please remember that this program is first come, first served until all the checks have been distributed and applications must be mailed in. If you're unable to come to the market to pick up an application, click here to print one out or to find a list of other places to get one.

Music at the Market

Our Music At The Market performer on Thursday will be Mike Dollar. Mike is a rock/country musician playing classic rock & country covers along with original music. Mike played for us earlier in the season but the weather was so bad we invited him back! Bring a chair and grab some dinner at the market and enjoy the show!

Thank you Bremerton Office Machine Company for making this program possible!

Vendor Spotlight: A Rae of Design

Besides the hand-dyed apparel and accessories, graphic tees, tote bags, dog bandanas, stickers, window clings and watercolor greeting cards at Carly Rae’s booth, you’ll notice something else that’s colorful and creative there: the name of her business.

How did she decide to call it A Rae of Design? “Multiple people have called me a ray of light or sunshine throughout my life, so my business name plays off my middle name, ‘Ray of Sunshine’ or ‘Rae of Design,’” Carly explains. “I also offer many types of art so it’s also playing off ‘array’ with ‘A Rae’”.

Carly spent four years taking custom orders and building her business before getting her license one and a half years ago. The seeds of A Rae of Design, however, were planted years ago. “I’ve been an artist ever since I was a little kid and had a dream to sell my art and actually be profitable. After pursuing fine arts in high school through classes and clubs, I attended The Art Institute of Seattle. I went for fashion marketing and merchandising, covering everything it takes to build a brand and a retail store, including the business side of things. I minored in graphic design. After college, I got a job as a graphic designer and production artist at a sign shop, while also getting contracts for brand building and store creation,” Carly says.

Rather than offering wall hangings, Carly found a way to make her art more accessible, and therefore more profitable, by creating hand-dyed wearable art, custom decals and greeting cards for people to share with others. “I also want to build a multimedia studio one day and specialize in many areas of craft and creation, and you have to start somewhere. I was in a place in my life where I had more time to build a collection and a website, whereas before I worked full time and hardly got anything done on my days off.”

Carly creates her designs close to home. “My backyard is where I do my dyeing and my home studio is where I do the rest of my artwork. I like being home and not having to leave to work on anything, but I’ve always dreamed of having a studio and it’d be nice to not have piles of product in the corners of my home,” she says.

In addition to the farmers’ market, Carly sells her dyed shirts and dog bandanas at Naturally 4 Paws in Silverdale. Doing business in Kitsap County is both challenging and rewarding. Carly says, “There are lots of tourists and visitors so I don’t get many custom-order sales, plus cities are spread out so many people stay in their hometown. It’s still a somewhat small community and I’ve gotten sales from word of mouth.” She adds, “I’ve gotten ‘so you’re the tie dye girl!’ a few times. Catching someone wearing my clothes out in public is really gratifying.”

If you’re thinking of starting a new small business in Kitsap County, Carly offers these words of well-earned wisdom: “Know your community and what sells, as well as know what price points to use. Don’t underestimate yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.” And perhaps a lesson for all of us: “Life’s got to move on somehow, might as well try something new in the process!”

Help Support the Market

You can help support the market by purchasing a tote bag, t-shirt, or tank top! This year's fun design was created by local artist Evelyn Husband. After each market day the seagulls swoop in to eat whatever food has been dropped so we thought this design was perfect! We'll have totes, t-shirts, and tank tops for sale at the market booth; $15 for totes, $20 for t-shirts and tanks.

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SNAP Market Match

How to use SNAP Market Match at the market:

  1. Come to our Information Booth and tell us you’d like to SNAP Market Match

  2. Swipe your EBT card for the amount you want to spend

  3. SNAP Market Match will match up to $40/day/card

*P-EBT cards are eligible for SNAP Market Match

You can use your SNAP Market Match bucks on all of the following items:

  • Fresh vegetables

  • Fresh fruits

  • Mushrooms

  • Fresh herbs

  • Seeds and plants that produce food (for example, tomato seeds or tomato plants)

All of our farm vendors accept SNAP Market Match for qualifying items!

Market Open 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm!

See you at the market!!!

VOLUNTEER! Help the Market be even more awesome than it already is! Lend us your skills--both brain power and muscle appreciated--and have a fun and rewarding time at it. To apply go to our website: Help Us Grow | Bremerton Community Farmers Market | Bremerton

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