History

Tacoma Farmers Market


Tacoma Farmers Market History

The Tacoma Farmers Market has a rich history. It was founded in 1990 by community activists Marcia Moe and Norma Honeysett with a noble goal of downtown revitalization. Marcia and Norma sought to incentivize a “walkable” downtown through the sharing of wholesome, locally grown foods.

It was successful on that first spring day and has flourished with the community ever since. In fact, Tacoma residents still say that spring officially arrives on opening day of the Broadway market.

As the Market enters its third decade of service to the community it has become one of the oldest continually operating markets in the South Puget Sound and an iconic Tacoma event. In 2008 The Tacoma Farmers Market became pluralized - expanding its services throughout Tacoma and currently operates neighborhood farmers markets in South Tacoma and the central 6th avenue neighborhoods. You will also see an occasional TFM mini-market at Multicare’s main hospital campus.

Since its humble beginnings the Tacoma Farmers Markets has expanded its mission and services to the community. Currently the TFM acts as a small business incubator and supports numerous community wellness efforts such as offering healthy food options to lower income families and educating our youth and community about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and choosing more healthy eating options.  Currently the TFM proud to say it supports and accepts EBT, WIC and Senior Vouchers.

As we enter our third decade of service to our community the markets continue advocacy of farm and open space preservation throughout Pierce County, and the state of Washington. It is not uncommon to have vendors from all of Washington State that represent our diverse ethnic heritage at a Tacoma Farmers market. Simply put, without the land to produce the wonderful bounty our states fertile soils provide, we risk losing not only a locally sourced and organic food option, but a way of life for many in our state.

The TFM is also becoming a leader in renewable and sustainable lifestyle options and a champion of keeping local dollars in our community by advocating whenever possible that we consider purchasing from locally owned and operated businesses.  The TFM is an organization that is committed to fostering a wholesome family friendly environment that builds a foundation of community vitality, farm preservation and health living.

As a not for profit organization you can see that our mission and scope is not without its challenges. The Tacoma farmers market is managed by a small but dedicated staff and many volunteers. If you think that our mission is just and you would like to support us - we always need volunteers and financial resources. Please consider donating a small portion of your time or funds.


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