Update: The opening day for the Sunrise Village market has been moved to May 30 to avoid a conflict with the Memorial Day weekend holiday.
A new farmers market is coming to South Hill Puyallup this spring. Beginning May 30, the Sunrise Village Farmers Market will operate every Saturday in the upscale Sunrise Village shopping center off of Meridian East and 156th.
The shopping center – home to a Target, Staples, Pet Smart, LA Fitness and restaurants that include the RAM, Pizzeria Fondi and Qdoba Grill – will host the market at the rear of the mall where a big box retailer formerly was to anchor that portion of the 65-acre site.
Janie Morris, former manager of the downtown Puyallup Farmers Market and past president of the Washington State Farmers Market Association, will manage the market on behalf of Investco, the company that manages the property.
Morris said the market will begin small – with 10 vendors selling nursery products when the market opens May 30, with a grand opening celebration planned for July 4. Morris also is working on recruiting food vendors and restaurants located at Sunrise Village to possibly sell prepared food at the market.
The market will operate Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Sunrise Village market is independent of the downtown Puyallup Farmers Market, which is managed by the Puyallup Main Street Association. That market opens May 2 and will operate a Saturday and Sunday market.
Morris said the new Sunrise Village market will push and practice sustainability and is figuring how to operate in the green. Said Morris, "We want to be as green as possible. We are thinking of building a composting site there." The idea, Morris said, is to encourage all vendors to use green products – such as compostable cups, takeout containers and utensils – so that as much waste as possible could be turned into compost on site, along with any scraps and compostable trash created at the market. "Eventually, we could even start selling our compost," said Morris.
In other Sunrise Village news, Morris said many are hopeful that a high-end grocery store eventually may locate at the 65-acre site. Stay tuned.
One more note on farmers markets: In the summer of 2005, I wrote a weekly feature for The News Tribune's Wednesday food section called Market to Table. Every week, I wrote about a different farmer at a South Sound farmers market. I've been working with managers of all the local farmers markets and my intention is to start the series again in May. Watch the Wednesday food section for my weekly farmer features.
Sunrise Village Farmers Market
Where: Meridian East and 156th in Puyallup's South Hill community
Opens: May 30
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Click here for a list of South Sound Farmers Markets, including hours and locations.