Summer in the San Juan Islands is a time when the locals celebrate the rich bounty this region has to offer. Provisioning for your charter gives you a chance to indulge in flavorful, locally grown produce and other foods, and to immerse yourself in the rural culture of the islands. Each island has its own unique market where you can purchase locally grown foods and unique gifts.
If you depart from Bellingham on Saturday morning before your charter, or stay in town Friday evening after your charter, the Bellingham farmers market is conveniently located in downtown Bellingham, about a 5 minute drive from the San Juan Sailing Office, and is open from 10 a.m to 3 p.m on Saturdays from April through November. The market in Bellingham has been called one of the best in the state. Here you can buy fresh produce, flowers, gifts made by local artisans, and ready-to-eat seasonal snacks. There are several restaurants within walking distance where you can get a more substantial lunch.
Closest to Bellingham is Lummi Island. Its market is open Saturdays 10 a.m to 1 p.m May through September, and is located just a couple blocks south of the Lummi Island ferry dock. While small, the market has an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, honey, and locally crafted gifts.
The Lopez Island farmers market is open from May through September on Saturdays between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. In addition to the usual produce and market
crafts options, Lopez has a large selection of meats and seafood. Any trip to the San Juans wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the friendliest isle, and the market is a perfect place to experience the hospitality in person.
The Orcas Island Farmer’s Market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, and runs from the first weekend in May to the last weekend of September in Eastsound. This market is unique in that some of the island’s service organizations, such as the historical museum and the master gardener’s society, also set up booths here.
The Friday Harbor Farmer’s Market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays during the spring, summer, and fall, but they also have markets twice a month in November and December, as well is the first Saturday in January, February, and March. Even visitors during the off season can stop by this market to enjoy some of the region’s bounty!