Saturday - U district is the king, stop at Sureshot Espresso and get a nice white coffee (It's dessert in a cup and more caffeine than regular coffee!)
Sunday - Ballard or West Seattle are both great. Ballard is a mix of the farmer's market and art stuff, while West Seattle is almost exclusively foodstuffs.
There are a ton of them. It appears they carefully avoid speaking of each other, revealing that they, like vendors in so many nascent industries, are suffering a common shortsightedness. Amateurs get real nervous when they start a new business, afraid that their competitors or potential competitors will take advantage of them and steal their concept, and eventually (shudder in fear) steal their business. Professionals understand that the real challenge is growing an awareness among potential customers that there is an opportunity for a particularly special novelty in the local market. Starbuck's knew this. Or maybe they didn't, but they surely have learned, as there now are a global zillion Starbuck's. Though they would probably be happier if there were no Tully's, or Peet's, or Seattle's Best, or Cherry Street, they are getting plenty of busiiness and all the commotion has created an awareness, a buzz, that serves everybody in the market. Meanwhile, the competition serves us all, consumer and producer alike.
in the immortal words of my late good friend, Jeannine Curry, "Don't worry, there is plenty of cheese for all the rats." By this, she meant no castigation, I'm certain, but her excellent point has served me often, since.
The good folks at
are doing a very fine thing, trying to grow a market and market awareness for local produce,
as are the other good folks at
but the one makes no mention of the other and calls into question what others might locally exist, unmentioned...
Dudes, wake up. We are trying to grow a market. Awareness is GOOD for us all. There is, indeed, plenty of cheese for all the rats. You cannot hide these good things from us crafty and resourceful Homo sapiens, in any event, so wake up. That is your own opportunity you are trying so hard to bury.
Wanted to report back and say thanks for the recs. Saturday was sunny so I stopped at the UDistrict market and picked up some flowers, crackers and cheese for my hotel room. This market is mostly produce and flowers with a couple of food stands. Being from SE Alaska, it was great to see the produce and take some with me.
Next stop was Edmonds. I'm familiar with the town as my grandma in law lives there but fell more in love with it. The market is sectioned into crafts and produce with food stands sprinkled in. The marketgoers were a great mix of old and young. Had to pick up some new earrings and get myself a crepe.
It rained on Sunday so I skipped other markets but have them on my list for next time.
Thanks all for the recommendations!