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Farmers Market Vendor Spotlight: Lots of Fresh Berries in from Hayton Farms!

[EDITOR’S NOTE: As we try to do every week when we’re at the Burien Farmers Market – since 2008 – we do a Spotlight on a Vendor.]


That’s Ruthie Simmons of Hayton Farms, busy selling certified organic berries at Thursday’s Burien Farmers Market.

Ruthie has been selling berries for the farms for two years, and often does up to six markets per week.

We couldn’t help but notice her when she rolled in numerous flats of gorgeous, fresh berries this morning as we were setting up.

She’ll be here until 6 p.m. selling fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

Prices are:

“All berries picked this morning!” reads a sign.

Here’s more info on Hayton Farms – based in Mount Vernon – from their website [2]:

Our family farm was established in 1876, on Fir Island, in the Skagit Valley. Many different crops have been grown here over the years. Originally my great great grandfather, Thomas, grew grain for work horses. In 1900 my great grandfather, J.B., turned the farm into a dairy. During my grandfather Leroy’s lifetime it became a crop farm. We currently grow potatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers, wheat, and berries. My dad has been growing berries since the ’70’s, and I started selling berries at the end of our driveway when I was in the third grade. In 2001, my two sisters and I began selling our berries at the Pike Place Market. After that, we started selling at a couple more farmers markets every year. We now sell our berries at over 50 farmers markets in the greater Seattle area. Our summer varieties of raspberries and blackberries, all of our blueberries, and most of our strawberries are Certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. We also have strawberries that are Certified Transitional by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Our fall varieties of raspberries and blackberries are grown conventionally.

If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it will when you click on this image (and be sure to tell Ruthie you read about her on the blog!):


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