ILWACO - Saturday Market at the Port organizers say their scenic location is unique amongst farmers markets in the region. Unusual market sights, outstanding shopping and delicious food delight both visitors and locals every Saturday of the season, April 25 through Sept. 26 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco is a dog-friendly place and each Saturday hosts an impromptu parade of dogs and their walkers strolling along the row of vendor booths on the marina. Sometimes a dog and walker will even dress alike. Numerous watering stops, a variety of treats and free doggy doo pickup bags make Saturday Market at the Port a "must do" activity for dogs and their walkers.

In the afternoon during fishing season it's fun to watch from the vantage point of Saturday Market at the Port as the charter boats come in and the fishermen arrive on solid ground. The fish are brought from the boats to Saturday Market at the Port to be weighed and photographed with the lucky fishermen. If you've never seen a prehistoric-looking sturgeon up close, 30-pound salmon or tuna before it is canned, seeing the catch of the day all in a row is an amazing and educational experience.

Handmade Pacific Northwest arts and crafts are a specialty at Saturday Market at the Port. A wide variety of unique items is available, from handknit sweaters to skull and crossbones T-shirts, from beaded jewelry and wallets to designer soaps and soothing lotions, from fine art photography to sea creatures sculpted of metal. Vendors may be able to customize items for shoppers who ask.

The selection of fresh local farm produce at Saturday Market expands as the growing season progresses. Asparagus and spring onions are the first to appear in May, cherries and berries in early June and then the selection explodes into an abundant variety of vegetables and fruits. Potted plants and trees as well as cut flowers raised in this region are brought to market each week by nursery growers.

The delectable variety of picnic foods at Saturday Market at the Port includes smoked salmon chowder even a fan of clams will love, seafood, ethnic foods and the all American hamburger and hot dog. If there is room left for dessert or a sweet tooth requires nurturing, the smells of kettle corn and hot donuts wafting through the air are irresistible.

For more information about Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco or vending opportunities, see (www.portofilwaco.org/saturdaymarket.html) or call 360-783-1143.

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