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Seattle has seen a boom in neighborhood farmers’ markets since the 1990s, and they can now be found in nearly every neighborhood of the city, as a way for shoppers to buy sustainably grown produce, and find the freshest vegetables in town. Even if you’re not buying groceries, Seattle markets are the best place to enjoy savory street food, admire local art and trades, and get out of the house for a weekend. Below is our list of our favorite markets in Seattle.
It may be known for its salmon pitching fishmongers and as the site of the original Seattle Starbucks, but Pike Place Market is also where you can ‘meet the producers’ who set up their stalls to sell the freshest and tastiest fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, nuts, and berries for every season. All farmers grow their crops on land they own or lease from all over the State of Washington. This includes foraged foods like mushrooms and truffles. There’s plenty to do, even if you aren’t shopping for groceries, you’ll have the chance to taste many local honeys, watch fresh Alaskan halibut fly across the fishmonger’s stall as customers place their order, and ogle at the fresh cut flowers and bouquets in the stalls.
Pike Place Market, Pike Place Market Seattle, WA USA
At the University District Farmers Market, prices manage to be affordable for even college students to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. From Mountain Lodge Farm goat’s cheese to Sno-Valley mushrooms, University District Farmers Market draws local producers from all over Washington State who sell tasty and high quality food. While enjoying the market, try some delicious street food like Tandoozy Indian food and Patty Pan quesadillas.
University District Farmers Market, University Way NE (the “Ave”) between 50th and 52nd St Seattle, WA USA, +1 206-632-5234
A European-style street market, the Fremont Sunday Flea Market is a weekly home to popular and fantastic Seattle food trucks, vintage clothing and records vendors and stalls of specialty products like Vermont maple syrup. Find all sorts of unique treasures, such as vintage dictionary art drawn on 100-year-old Webster dictionary pages, antique chests and dressers, and old-fashioned suitcases with clasps.
Fremont Sunday Flea Market, 3401 Evanston Ave N Seattle, WA USA +1 206-781-6776
Every Wednesday from May to September, Wallingford Farmers Market opens to the public for everyone from chefs to families to buy local, quality produce for their cooking. Recognized as the Best Farmers Market in 2013 by The Washington Farmers Markets Association, Wallingford Farmers Market is located in Meridian Park.
Wallingford Farmers Market, 4850 Meridian Ave N Seattle, WA