Seattle and the surrounding area has so many amazing farmer’s markets, and it’s no wonder why as the state is brimming with incredible bounty. Seattle’s farmers markets feature beautiful, delicious produce and are a great way to support local farmers. Here is a list of some of the great must-visit market found in and around Seattle.
Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market
The first farmer’s market on our list is a short ferry ride away from Seattle making it a great place for those people who are looking to get out of the city for a bit. Founded in 1993, Bainbridge Island Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM from April to December and features approximately 40 vendors. Not only are there fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables but also dairy products and prepared foods. The Bainbridge Island market also features vendors selling a variety of crafts.
Opened in 2000, Ballard Farmer’s Market is a year-round market open on Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM. Located on Ballard Avenue NW between Vernon Place NW and 22nd Avenue NW, this Seattle Farmer’s Market Association neighborhood market is not only a place where small farmers and artisans can sell their fresh products but also a gathering spot for locals. In addition to produce, there are also stalls selling everything from baked goods, including those from Bob’s Bakery, to pet food by Porter’s Pride to ice cream from Whidbey Island Ice Cream and much more.
Located in Seattle’s Rainier Valley district, the Columbia City Neighborhood Farmers Market is a seasonal operation taking place on Wednesdays May through October. A great market for those people getting off work and needing to pick up ingredients for dinner, Columbia City is a late afternoon market open from 3pm to 7pm, and with approximately 40 Washington farmers and food vendors, they will find everything needed for a great meal. Brimming with delicious produce, vendors also sell dairy products, meats, fish, cheese, wine and sweet treats.
No list of farmer’s markets in and around Seattle would be complete without Pike Place Market. The city’s original market, this historical, downtown treasure began in 1907 with six to twelve farmers selling their goods. Today, the market is a bustling tourist attraction open seven days a week year-round (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) with stalls selling everything from fresh produce to foraged foods to jams to flowers and much more. There is also the famous Fish Market plus little cafés and restaurants and non-food items like crafts of the local and handmade varieties. Numerous events take place throughout the year as well many of which are held at the Atrium Kitchen.
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Located in the heart of Queen Anne, the eponymous Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is unique in the fact that it is the only community-operated farmers market in Seattle. A seasonal venture from June to October, this outdoor market is held on Thursdays from 3pm to 7:30pm and hosts a variety of vendors selling Washington-grown produce. Visitors will also find many diverse, artisanal food stands and street food stands along with a variety of wines and rotating food trucks. Exciting events take place as well, including live music, cooking demonstrations, plus fun activities for children. This farmers market is definitely a place the entire family will enjoy.
A brand new addition to the farmer’s market scene, the Terry Avenue Saturday Market is modeled after European markets. Founded by Jon and Candace Hegeman in the summer of 2015, this market is located in the South Lake Union neighborhood on Terry Avenue between Thomas and John Street and is gaining popularity quickly. Open from 10 AM to 3 PM, this weekend market features items from local farms along with handmade crafts plus street food vendors making it a one-stop place for incredible eats and unique gifts.
Located on University Way NE between 50th and 52nd, the University District Neighborhood Farmer’s Market is a year-round venue open every Saturday beginning at 9 AM and closing at 2 PM. During the peak season, over 60 farmers and food vendors sell their seasonal goods and other deliciousness at this neighborhood market. Seen as one of the best markets in the nation, visitors will find a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and seafood along with artisan foods, including cheese from Appel Farms and seasonal eats. The U-District market also hosts events throughout the year.
A lovely day trip from Seattle, the Vashon Farmer’s Market was started to promote agriculture on the island and offer locals a chance to support local farmers all the while purchasing the freshest products available. Hosted by the Vashon Island Grower’s Association, this farmers market is open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm April through December. It offers not only fruits and vegetables, but it also features craft vendors. Live music often takes place adding to the already lively atmosphere.
Another year-round, neighborhood operator, West Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Market is open every Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Located at California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street, this market opened in 1999 allowing locals to connect with farmers in order to procure the freshest, seasonal produce available. Like the U-District market, the West Seattle market only deals in food products. The is an amazing array of artisanal edibles, including baked goods from Tall Grass Bakery.