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Plans for summer farmers market revealed

The Downtown Waterfront Alliance is ready to reveal the new farmers market, which has been in the works for a few months.

The Waterfront Farmers Market will run from 3 to 7 p.m. each Thursday in Skansie Brothers Park, beginning in June, the alliance announced today. The alliance’s Thursday Night Out event will also be held weekly in conjunction with the market throughout the summer.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of energy downtown,” said Mary DesMarais, executive director of the alliance.

Kathleen Rose has been hired as the market’s manager, and says the mission of the marsorry I ket is to provide fresh food access.

There’s going to be a shift away from the arts and crafts that were part of the former market.

“What we don’t want to project is that it’s more of the same,” Rose said.

Rose is a member of the Master Gardener Foundation, the Olalla Giving Garden and the Peninsula Fruit Club. She is also involved with the state Farmers Market Association and is active in agricultural advocacy.

She and her husband also have experience as market vendors and FreshFoodRevolution Co-Op producers.

Rose is “deeply passionate about agriculture, sustainability and community,” alliance board president Pat Schmidt said in a press release. “She is a perfect fit for our organization and will help us in our efforts to promote shopping locally."

In the late summer of 2014, the city of Gig Harbor did not renew the permit for the Gig Harbor Farmers’ Market operated by Dale Schultz.

The city also later hosted an online survey in October to solicit feedback from the community about what a new farmers market should feature.

Out of about 100 responses, 88 respondents voted to change the market. The city then ran a request for proposals to find a new operator. No proposals were submitted, and the city entered into an agreement with the alliance.