|7/18/2012 10:17:00 AM|
Entiat's Second Saturday market opens
By Stacey Chisam
|Dalisa DeChiara, right, came to the Entiat Second Saturday Market to sell her painted gourds.|
Photo by Stacey Chisam
Sena Wheeler, and 9-month-old Eedee, check out Eedeeís new jewelry box at Entiatís first Second Saturday Market.
Photo by Stacey Chisam
ENTIAT -- "I've been waiting for a market like this for over two years," said Entiat local Sena Wheeler.
Mom to 9-month-old Eedee, 3-year-old Vancy, and 6-year-old Hugh, Wheeler marveled at the variety of items for sale as the family strolled down the grassy two-sided corridor at the first-ever Entiat Second Saturday Market held July 14.
Cradling a pink plastic brain full of giant pink bubble gum balls, along with other delights, Hugh returned from a spending mission.
"Look at all the stuff I got for three bucks, Mom," he said.
Muggy and hot, the weather at Kiwanis Park didn't melt vendor enthusiasm.
More than 20 merchants offered visitors everything from leather Harley Davidson motorcycle jackets and Entiat High School cheerleader's baked goods to hand-painted gourds.
"I started painting gourds for fun about a year ago," said vendor Dalisa DeChiara,
DeChiara also displayed her wall art and colorful hand-crafted jewelry boxes.
"I decided this market would be a great way to see if there was any interest in my gourd creations and some of my other art, so here I am."
SF Designs owner Cheryl Stewart operated a wool spinning wheel at the front of her booth, selling yarn and drop spindle kits in addition to woven garments and accessories, while The Sweet Stop Cupcake Bar owner Hillary Homer decorated cupcakes with custom-chilled frosting and toppings.
Amidst the rolling beads of sweat and panting of small dogs, market attendees could walk into a dreamy aroma cloud of lavender swirl and huckleberry heaven of a local soap vendor, forget about the heat for a moment, or head to the south end of the market to the giant gentle sprinkler for a bit of cooling off since the field offers no shade.
Market organizers Cindy Herdt, Cheri Wire and Kathy Litch made their five year-long dream to start a local market a reality, strategically choosing the location of the inaugural market with an eye on Entiat's future.
"The market was extremely visible to anyone driving by on Highway 97A, which is what we wanted," said Wire. "Our goal once the waterfront gets going, in two or three years, is to simply make a move to the new location, instead of having to establish the market altogether."
Unique to this market was the donations-only vendor fee, and the type of items offered.
"We didn't want to limit any vendors that wanted to participate," said Wire, "so instead of making this a true farmer's market, with only produce grown or purchased from a farm, we just said as long as what's for sale is legal, you're in."
Vendors were also allowed to drive their vehicles onto the field and park directly behind their booth, making loading and unloading easier.
With three more market dates still to come, organizers are hoping interest in the event will grow.
"I'm looking forward to all the produce that will available at the upcoming markets," said Wheeler. "After all, we basically live in a fruit basket here in Entiat so I'm sure there will be plenty to choose from."
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