On May 14, 2022, the Delridge Farmers Market reopens in Seattle’s southwest Delridge neighborhood. The market was launched last summer and seeks to put fresh, local food produced by businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color directly into the hands of neighborhood residents.
With a mission to serve the African Diaspora immigrant and refugee community in King County, non-profit African Community Housing and Developmentheaded by the executive director Hamdi Abdulle, has heard from the community for years about the need for food access programs in Delridge. The Delridge Farmers Market is designed to provide a wide range of culturally appropriate foods to the area’s immigrant and refugee community. With strong food access programs, the main goal of the market is to bring local, nutritious food to everyone, especially families for whom fresh produce is a financial struggle. The marketplace also aims to holistically support black and brown entrepreneurs who operate farms and food businesses.
The majority of vendors at Delridge Farmers Market are Black, Indigenous or of color, and many are immigrants and refugees themselves. In an effort to support small business development, vendors pay no booth fees to participate and receive resources, equipment and technical support as they build their capacity to sell at farmers’ markets . Additionally, ACHD seeks to reduce the economic risk inherent in selling at a farmers’ market while eliminating food waste by purchasing leftover produce at the end of the market day. This food is then delivered to members of the African Diaspora immigrant and refugee community who cannot get to market due to mobility or transport barriers. “We have created a market model that is a win-win for customers, suppliers and the community,” says the CDHA Associate Director. Aden balance sheet.
Throughout 2022, various vendors will return to the market, including: Afella Jollof Caterer (Senegambian cuisine), Chef Jalissa Culinary Co (Southern inspired pastries), CityFruit (fruit from Seattle’s urban orchards), Heu’s Blooms & Greens (vibrant local bouquets), My & Pops (Caribbean-inspired popsicles), regeneration farm (sustainably grown products from Woodinville), Seola Bee Company (hyper local honey from West Seattle beehives), Small ax farm (products grown by the Black Farmers Collective), Umoja Ni Nguvu (products grown by Burundian immigrants), and wakulima (culturally relevant African products). The market is also experiencing incredible growth, adding more than 10 additional vendors this year, including: Ardor Sisterz Candle Co. (craft candles and fondants in 100% coconut soy wax as well as beads and traditional African clothing), Haki Farmers Collective (products and spices grown using traditional methods), Lillie’s Passion (sauces, pickles and homemade jams), Flowers and products from Theary (sustainably grown Cambodian products), and more!
The market also hosts an on-site connection to resources, offered by CDHA staff in English and Somali, and provides opportunities for other community organizations to showcase their community services to vendors and customers. Organizations like Muslimahs Against Abuse Center and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association have already signed up to file this year.
Look for the market on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from May to October 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard of academy of hope (9421 18th Ave SW). Everyone is welcome and strong food access programs are available (including SNAP/EBT checks, WIC/Senior FMNP, SNAP Market Match and Fresh Bucks). Free product bags will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Delridge Farmers Market is made possible by King Conservation District, Albertsons Foundation and PCC Community Markets.
Those interested in attending or volunteering at the market should visit achdo.org/delridgefarmersmarket. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Rachel Perlot at [email protected].