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BUY LOCAL: 12 GO-TO FARMERS MARKETS IN SEATTLE

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MARISSA PEDERSEN

JUL 14, 2020

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Living in Seattle, we’re spoiled with fresh produce and fruit. And we also know a thing or two about markets. What happens when you put them together? Farmers markets! And Seattle’s season is just about to boom.

There are farms all over the state of Washington that come to share their products at different farmers markets around the Sound. From our famous apples to all things lavender, feast your eyes on (and stuff a tote with) tons of homegrown goodness at these local Seattle farmers markets.

At Seattle’s only independent farmers market, you won’t be pursuing booths to the sounds of silence. They’ve got a lineup of bands each Thursday from the end of May to the beginning of October that will put a little extra pep in your step while you pick up your weekly groceries. And there’s no shortage of artisan foods and flavor-packed produce from Washington’s local farms, fisheries, and foragers. Plus, since this is an afternoon operation (from 3-7:30), you won't have to worry about missing out because of work.

Lying on the outskirts of the city, many people may not know about this farmers market. That’s all the more reason to pay a visit on a Thursday to grab fresh honey, homemade breads, and local wine for the weekend ahead. For once, it’s actually recommended that you come hungry to shop. From June to October, you can scoop up anything from Afghan food to piping hot pizza to hold your stomach over while you stock up on all sorts of healthy ingredients.

The U District is the place to be on the weekends to cheer on the Huskies. But before you begin tailgating, stop at this year-round farmers market on Saturday mornings for a range of diverse produce that changes with the seasons. Plus, they join in on the football fun by having themed days, like cooking contests or UW Husky Days. You might even see a celebrity there — Rachael Ray once featured it on her show!

End your weekend on a healthy note by stopping by the Ballard Farmers Market between Vernon Place and 22nd Avenue. If you're into meal prepping this is the place to go. You can grab some fresh kombucha and muesli for an easy, nutritious breakfast during the workweek and get your protein fix by talking to local fishermen about their fresh catches, then taking home the winners. Even better, this market take place all year long, so you never have to live without your locally-sourced favorites.

This market in Columbia City is THE place to get your fresh flowers. Over half a dozen different vendors display brightly-colored varieties that’ll add some charm to your home (or amazing smells to your apartment). You’ll find plenty of fresh fruit from local farmers, too, including a plenty of organic varieties. And, if you’re gluten-free, you’ll love the selection of breads that you are more than welcome to snack on. Swing by on Wednesday from 3-7pm starting in early May and running through October.

Not everyone has the weekends off, and Phinney Ridge’s Farmers Market understands that. That’s why they’re open on Friday evenings from June to September, so everyone can have a chance to stock up on local berries, veggies, and grass-fed meats. Friday becomes Friyay when you come home with a bundle of fresh eats for dinner from Phinney Ridge.

After a late night out on The Junction, make your triumphant return on Sunday morning to this year-round setup. The West Seattle Farmers Market claims to have more vendors than any other market in the area, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. Buy beautiful flowers for your table at home, along with herbs for dinner that night. And we don't blame you if you sneak a few specialty foods and indulgences like jams and caramels in your basket.

There’s always something going on in Capitol Hill, so it’s no surprise their farmers market is packed on Sundays. In addition to the usual fruits and vegetables, this place is meat and cheese central — and it does NOT disappoint. Pick up ethically-raised, grass-fed beef, lamb, or pork from Olsen Farms and wild-caught salmon from Indian Candy. Big plus: You can almost do all your week’s grocery shopping at this market, plus, it doesn't close on the off-season.

This quaint neighborhood may be known for its boutique shops, but you don’t want to miss out on their weekly Saturday morning market. Get your dairy fix with a variety of cheese options, including sheep and goat varieties from local farmers. Once you’ve stocked up, head straight home to make a healthy breakfast with it… or eat it on crackers in your car, we're not here to judge. Fitt Tip: on a particularly warm day, Seattle Pops has your back with a variety of unique homemade flavors, including some vegan selections.

The most famous market of them all, Pike Place Market is the ultimate spot to find everything you need. Make an obligatory stop at the fish market to see them throwing (yes, literally throwing) the fresh catch of the day. Bring a big bag to fill it up with olive oil, rare spices, nuts, and plenty of other items artisanal items. Or, stop by one of their five satellite farmers markets for all the same goodies you have come to expect from Pike Place.

Vendors from all over the state can be found at the Wallingford Farmers Market. A trip here is quintessential Seattle, and you can taste the best of what Washington has to offer. The market even has its own currency system, so you don’t have to worry about bringing cash each Wednesday. Just buy a set amount of tokens and you’ll be able to exchange them with the vendors for all your purchases from May to September.

In addition to the usual fresh fruits and veggies, Madrona Farmers Market has a ton of unique items. What, exactly? Get local meat from a charcuterie company and sea salt from the San Juan Islands. And hey, pick up some hazelnuts and cranberries while you’re at it. Stop by on Friday from 3pm to 7pm, May to October.

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