To be a leader in and proponent of a more socially just, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable food system in our region by strengthening small farming businesses, educating and fostering community, and providing all residents with access to highly nutritious, locally produced food.
To support small local farms by providing a viable, vibrant marketplace for farm product to be sold directly to consumers and to put on a weekly event for Bellevue’s urban residents that educates, nourishes, and fosters community.
Bellevue Farmers Market is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our local rural economy, farmland preservation, small family farms and small businesses. In 2016, we assisted 29 small family farms from 11 counties in the state of Washington. In addition, the market supports Hopelink, a local non-profit organization serving the needs of homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities across North and East King County. In twelve years of operation, the market has donated over $100,000 of fresh, quality food to local food banks. Bellevue Farmers Market is certified to accept WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons, SNAP/EBT, Fresh Bucks (EBT dollar matching), and Senior Coupons.
BFM'S KEY TENANTS
- Education of our customers and neighbors
- Collaboration with our city, local business, and nonprofit partnerships
- Celebration of the seasons’ bounties, our local businesses, artisans, and local talents, and our market vendors and staff
- and ever-increasing Accessibility of our market’s offerings to our low-income shoppers
Food System Sustainability
- Awareness of local issues and information sharing to our community members
- Involvement in local groups and agencies working in local food, farmland sustainability, food access, and community development
- and Advocacy on behalf of our market, vendors, and community
- Longevity through strategic planning, essential sustainable structures, and employee/volunteer development
- Transparency and integrity through annual progress and financial reports available for public access, scalable goals, and a prudent use of available resources