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Waterfront Farmers Market goes purple for cancer awareness

The 2016 season of the Waterfront Farmers Market is underway and market manager Heidi Gerling has big plans to attract shoppers this summer.

“Every week of the market I’m trying to find a theme, a cause or something that ties into health,” Gerling said.

Thursday’s (June 9) market theme is “Paint the Town Purple” to bring awareness and support to the American Cancer Society prior to the Gig Harbor Relay for Life on June 17.

Every week of the market I’m trying to find a theme or a cause or something that ties into health.

Heidi Gerling, market manager for the Waterfront Farmers Market

The market will join the Uptown Shopping Complex, downtown businesses, the Pierce Transit Trolley, businesses along Kimball Drive and the St. Anthony Gift Shop in support for this event.

The market will feature an area for those interested to donate or register for Gig Harbor’s Relay for Life, a place to create luminaria bags to be lit at the relay and a knitting lesson from Gig Harbor businesswoman and cancer survivor Sheri Hazen from Rainy Day Yarns.

The main focus isn’t fundraising. The main focus is marketing.

Gerling

“Maybe we can promote a cancer-free way of life, celebrate those who have been able to beat it and remember those have been lost to it,” Gerling said. “The main focus isn’t fundraising. The main focus is marketing.”

More information about Gig Harbor’s Relay for Life, including registration, can be found online at relayforlife.org.

For updates on upcoming themes and events for the Waterfront Farmers Market, visit facebook.com/waterfrontfarmersmarketgigharbor.

Andrea Haffly: 253-358-4155, @gateway_andrea

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