Despite pouring rain and blustery wind, a large crowd of Port Townsendites and local farmers and artisans donned their raincoats and boots for the opening of the Port Townsend Farmers Market season April 6.
With the rain steadily soaking through the crowd of bystanders, Farmers Market organizers paid tribute to John Estes, former Jefferson County Farmers Market Board Treasurer, who died March 24. Estes served on the Jefferson County Farmers Market Board of Directors for 15 years in the role of Treasurer.
Then, as the goat parade began, kids were cradled in kids’ arms, while others marched to the tunes played on harmonica and flute.
Soon the goats were soaked too, but after a few rainy hours, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds. Market shoppers were serenaded by live music from the Tremont Revelers and a special guest band, the Lowest Pair, from Olympia, while indoors, kids made crafts at the Rec Center.
The Port Townsend Farmers Market is the biggest of the three markets operated by Jefferson County Farmers Markets. Both the Chimacum market and the Wednesday market at the Haines Place Park and Ride will open in June.