It's never been easier to eat local. With top-notch farmers markets nationwide, shopping for homegrown produce and sustainably raised meats is now more accessible than ever. Not only do these markets offer an abundance of incredible products for reasonable prices, they often make for a fun family event. Live music, petting zoos and kid-friendly workshops abound with chef demos and canning sessions. Hungry? These markets also offer some of the best street food in the country to tide you over until you get home and start prepping your bounty of heirloom tomatoes, obscure micro greens and foraged mushrooms.Read More
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Fremont Sunday Market
Now in its 25th year, this European-style street market is known for its ever-changing gourmet food trucks and vintage finds. With 200 vendors, this indoor/outdoor market is open year round and is pet friendly. Expect antiques, tools, collectibles and retro clothing as well as contemporary designers, artists and craftsmen.
Ballard Farmers Market
Open rain or shine, this popular market is Seattle’s first year-round neighborhood farmers market selling produce exclusively from Washington State farmers. Stalls are lined with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses along with freshly baked breads. If shopping gets you hungry, have no fear, there are a number of vendors selling hot food like veggie quesadillas and grilled Hama Hama oysters to get you over the hump.
West Seattle Farmers Market
Open every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the West Seattle Farmers market showcases local produce, meat, poultry, and seafood. In addition, the market houses artisan breads and dairy as well as locally made wine, beer, and cider.
University District Farmers Market
Recently named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “Best Farmers Markets in the US,” this Saturday market is known for its impressive selection of in-season fruits such as plums, apples, cherries, and berries. With 70 vendors, the market is a favorite among Seattle chefs looking for unusual foraged items as well as some of the city’s freshest seafood like Alaskan spot prawns and small Pacific coast oysters.
Bellevue Farmers Market
Open twice a week on Saturdays (here) and Thursdays (at a different spot), the Bellevue Farmers Market supports small family farms and creates a community driven and educational event for the neighborhood. In addition to local produce, this manageable market is also known for their array of fresh flowers.
Queen Anne Farmers Market
This non-profit, community-built farmers market takes place late Thursday afternoons into early evenings. It showcases a roster of farm vendors and other local producers. In addition, the market boasts live music, chef demos, food trucks, and children’s activities.
Phinney Farmers Market
Beginning in June, the Phinney Farmers Market will open on Fridays once again, this year with brand new farms and prepared food vendors. With picnic packing provisions, cooking and canning demos and a kids’ passport program, a stop here is a great way to kick-off the weekend.