Jay’s Farm Stand in East Aberdeen is moving to the former Olympic Candy Co. building and will anchor a new Heron Street Public Market, the owners confirmed Wednesday.
“It will be like a public market downtown,” Jay Fagerstedt said, adding the ambition is to emulate a Pike Place Market-like atmosphere in Seattle. The stand is moving sometime around Feb. 1, he added.
“Yes, Jay’s Farm Stand will be relocating to the Olympic Candy building in the near future!” emailed John Martinsen, who owns the building at 307 E. Heron St.
The farm stand will be surrounded with local vendors’ stalls, Fagerstedt envisions. The following vendors are already on board, he said: Lytle Seafoods will bring in seafood, including oysters and Copper River salmon, Anthony’s will sell homemade sausage, Ocean Shores Bakery and a Mexican bakery will sell baked goods.
Locally grown eggs and salsa and guacamole from Las Gallos, a local cafe, will be available, as well as vacuum-packed frozen organic meat, Fagerstedt said. He will also expand the organic produce section and continue to sell organic spices.
The vendors will come in gradually as state permits are obtained, he said.
The stand is currently located at 906 E. Wishkah St. and has been a fixture there for close to 10 years. The market has outgrown the space and will have triple the space at the new location, Fagerstedt said.
He hopes to have 20 to 30 vendors in the market by summer when he envisions outdoor events as well as the market.
He is looking for more vendors. For more information, call the stand at 360-532-8842, or his cell, 360-581-3611.
The stand will operate “indoors and outdoors,” said Fagerstedt. “We have an outdoor thing always.”
With “three quarters of a block of parking,” Fagerstedt said parking space will triple as well. “If parking is ever a problem then I am going to be really happy.”
Confessing he is “kind of nervous” Fagerstedt said, “the city is really on board with its revitalization of downtown.”
Fagerstedt also owns and operates produce stands in Rochester and Olympia. While he lives in Hoquiam, he is an Aberdeen High graduate, he noted. “I am a Bobcat forever.”