The market dates back to 1976, when Master Gardener Georgia Erskine founded the market.
Her dream was to start an open-air market in her neighborhood, so she recruited friends and formed a board of directors.
At that time, they leased vacant land in downtown Redmond, just North of the old post office, for $1.00 a year.
When that parcel of land was sold, the market moved to a new plot of ground on the corner of NE 85th and 64th NE.
Volunteers cleared the brush, leveled the land and spread the word. They were at this location from 1979 through 1982.
When the market opened in 1983, it had relocated once again on the corner of 161st Ave NE and NE 87th St.
We were at this location for two years. In 1986 the market moved to its present location at 7730 Leary Way NE.
The current structures were built specifically for our market. We now lease approximately 8000 square feet of land from Redmond Town Center.
As delopment of the shopping center was underway, the City of Redmond approved an ordinance that our market site, as well as the Justice White House,
be preserved for their community and historic significance.
Today we have 100 members. We continue to be run by a board of directors who volunteer their time.
Although Redmond continues to grow and change, our market remains unique in that it is able to offer a gathering place for local farmers and artisans to provide quality products to our customers.
Not only can one shop, but you can actually visit with each vendor face to face.