Last week saw a flurry of activity on the north end and in town as islanders flocked to enjoy the nice weather and sample delicious food and local goods.
On Thursday, April 1, islanders Adam Cone, Chris Calori, and Megan Hastings reopened The Mermaid Market, a former restaurant spot on the waterfront near the North End ferry dock, transforming it into a small shop showcasing their own pasta sauces, granola, crackers, and homemade treats.
The trio co-owns Snapdragon Bakery and Café, as well as Home Sweet Home Bar.
Islanders will be able to purchase wine, beer, and other beverages at the store and toast the arrival of spring while sitting on the seaside deck outside the shop. The shop will be open from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, then 4 p.m. to close Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Meanwhile, the Vashon Farmers’ Market opened for the start of the season last Saturday, April 3, at the Village Green, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday until October. Patrons may shop produce and goods online in lieu of visiting the market in-person at vashonfarmersmarket.org.
Also on Saturday, on Vashon Highway, Dig Deep Gardens & Art, which opened for a pop-up event, welcomed islanders to stroll through the garden beds of the esteemed former DIG Nursery to celebrate spring and get a glimpse of what’s to come as new owners Julie Jacobson and Jon Jon Harvey continue to grow and revitalize the property. Looking ahead, there will be more special events and workshops in the future. Bell and Harvey want to grow food to share and provide gardening education to children of all ages. Inside, the shop sells one-of-a-kind artwork from the island and beyond.
— Paul Rowley