Nothing says summer like farmers markets, especially in a city like Seattle. Though many of these markets are open year round, there’s something special about perusing the many colorful stalls while the sun hangs high in the sky. Whether you’re in it for the produce, the baked goods, or the local arts and crafts, Seattle has a market that is sure to suit your fancy.
Those uninitiated to the ways of Washington may not realize that much of the state emphasizes agriculture. The many farmers markets follow suit. Get up close and personal with local growers and makers as you experience this unique part of Seattle culture. Fall in love with a new neighborhood by way of its weekly market.
Stop by Seattle’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to experience this one-of-a-kind market. An offshoot of Pike Place Market itself, the market at City Hall Plaza offers a more quaint market experience with the many beloved vendors. Meet the producers as you peruse fresh produce and specialty farm products. Don’t wait too long to experience this market, as it’s open seasonally from May through October.
Another of Pike Place’s family of markets, the South Lake Union Farmers Market is right around the corner from Motif Seattle. Like the City Hall Plaza Market, the South Lake Union iteration offers a unique opportunity to interact with Washington farmers. Choose from goods like mini pies and tamales as well as fresh produce like berries, snap peas, apples, and more.
This year round market is a Capitol Hill staple. Focusing on food and agriculture, the Capitol Hill Broadway Farmers Market is unique in that it is producers only. That’s right--no brokers or resellers here! Seasoned producers from all over the state stop by this market, making it one of your best chances to get in touch with Washington’s agricultural roots.
Queen Anne Farmers Market holds the title as Seattle’s only independent farmers market. Though many other markets are managed by market collectives, the Queen Anne Farmers Market marches to the beat of its own drum. This market features a diverse mix of vendors, each emphasizing the importance of being a locally-focused consumer.
Peruse Artisanal goods and imaginative lunch foods alongside fresh Washington produce at the Magnolia Farmers Market. Discover the best wines, beers, ciders, meat and poultry, farm fresh produce, and market bites in the Seattle area and beyond. All of this is housed in quaint Magnolia Village, a neighborhood full of charming shops and cafes and Puget Sound views.
Another of Seattle’s year-round markets, the University District Farmers Market is a Seattle-area favorite. The drive alone is scenic, featuring views of both Lake Union and Portage Bay. Once you’re there, the market itself is also something to behold. Hunt for the quality produce, craft beers, local wines, and more.
Rain or shine, this market sets up shop every Sunday of the year in Seattle’s quaint Ballard neighborhood. Open since 2000, the Ballard Farmers Market is actually the city’s first year-round neighborhood farmers market, featuring produce exclusively from Washington farmers. Plan on spending a day in this sprawling market.
Every Sunday, West Seattle Junction comes to life with the weekly West Seattle Farmers Market. Open year round, the market features seasonal market vendors. You’ll find some cheese and meat at the market year round, while others, like berry growers, will be available during their harvest months, ensuring there’s always something new and exciting and this neighborhood market.
In Seattle, fresh produce is a hallmark of summer. There’s no better excuse to step into the sun than a trip to the market, one for nearly every day of the week. Here’s to a summer of shopping local.
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