Farmers Market in Seattle or nearby areas
Hi. I'm coming to seattle in april. farmers markets are one of my favorite things. i'll of course head to Pikes probably a zillion times on my trip, but are there any local farmers markets you suggest? Thanks!
Each market has its own personality.
I love the University Market best. They sell only food; no crafts. You'll find the widest variety of seasonal local food at this market. The market coordinators have really strict standards. No dogs allowed. Metered parking is pretty easy to find.
If you are looking for a more festive experience, go to the Ballard Market on Sundays. The market is set up on a street that's lined with boutiques, cafes, and bars. It's great for strolling, people watching, hanging out. The selection of local foods is almost as good as the University farmers market. Ballard also has crafts vendors. Parking is a bother. But it's worth it for the fun you will have.
This web site has the info on all the markets in WA. Not sure if it's up to date for the coming spring season.
I used to live near Pike Place. I don't think you will find much local produce there in April. There are some good vendors and food stands there, selling merchandise from Washington, and all corners of the planet. But I wouldn't call it a farmers market.
re: val ann c
if one defines a "farmers' market" as a place where the producer of a product sells it directly to the consumer, then pike place market has been - at least partially - a farmers' market since 1907 and continues to be one today. even in the depth of winter, there are stalls selling such "home made" goodies as honey, nuts, syrups, jams and cured meats. as the year progresses, there are additional growers setting up booths both inside the long north arcade and on the street in tent-like pavillions to sell stuff produced by their own hands from their own fields; the market is rather strict in this regard. wednesdays and fridays from april to october, the sales are limited to those growing strictly organically; other days present conventional growers - but ALL (except the 'high stalls' mentiioned above) are direct from the producer to the consumer. yes, the t-shirts and thrown fish and 1st starbucks are a huge pain but those crowds - CROWDS!! - of tourists spend piles of money and enable us to keep our wonderful market going - just avoid it on summer weekends between 10 am and 4 pm.
re: howard 1st
While that is true, there are so many non-food stores and restaurants (along with high stalls) in the market that the percentage of actual producers/farmers is pretty low. This isn't a slam--I love European markets, and Pike Place is a must see in Seattle. But someone who goes to Pike Place expecting a true farmer's market is likely to be confused if you describe it as such.
Also avoid 10-4 weekdays during cruise ship season.
re: val ann c
Go to the Sunday Ballard Farmer's Market. I think it's the best market, and it's in a great neighborhood on a nice shopping and restaurant street.
Fyi, while PIke Place does have some farmer's stalls, it's actually a European style market rather than a true farmer's market.
The farmers market in the University district is a good bet. The West Seattle farmers market will also be available. If you're here very late in April, the Columbia City farmers market (my local FM) will also be open.
Here's a link to some more info: http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/