In these tough economic times, finding inexpensive ways to market products is vital to farmers, artists, crafters and food producers.


Supporters of the Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco say the vendor fees are extremely low, the visibility is high, and the waterfront setting is awesome.


According to a press release, the vending fees at Saturday Market are as little as $10 to $14 per Saturday for vendors who opt to pay the annual vending fee. The daily rate is $25 per Saturday for most vendors and the Saturday Market does not charge vendors a percentage of sales.


"We love working on the coast," said Bruce Peterson, who heads the market's advisory board. "We host visitors from all over the country who love to buy food, farmers' produce, and arts and crafts inspired by the great Pacific Northwest."


For the first time, during the 2009 Saturday Market at the Port season, prepared-food vendors will have the option of choosing to pay either a daily vending fee of $40 or the $400 annual fee.


The 2009 Saturday Market at the Port season will feature expanded vending spaces to accommodate more display area for each vendor and better access for shoppers, according to Market Manager Normandie Hand.


For more information about Saturday Market at the Port and vending opportunities visit www.portofilwaco.com/saturdaymarket.html or contact Normandie Hand at satmkt@aol.com or call (360) 783-1143.