Looking for a way to contribute to the local economy, eat healthy and get some fresh air? Spending a morning, afternoon or evening at a local farmers’ market is the perfect way to take advantage of the remaining weeks of the summer season.
Not only do Seattle area markets feature fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, but many vendors also sell edibles like pastries, ice cream and fresh-roasted coffee. All seven of Seattle’s neighborhood markets only feature Washington State food and farm produce and products. One of the top selling items at several markets includes the flowers, those huge bundles of summer beauty, that are commonly seen wrapped in paper and being carried off by a smiling market-goer. The market is truly a great place to take the family, with most offering a variety of entertainment for young and old: musicians, dance groups and artists provide an atmosphere that make a trip all the more worthwhile.
Our area is lucky to have so many farmers’ markets open during the summer months, with a few being open year-round. Some of the most popular markets include the University District market (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and open year-round); the Magnolia market (Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and open through October 8); and the Phinney market (Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and open through October 7).
For additional neighborhood markets and hours, check out The Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, an excellent resource which even highlights a produce calender and what farm goods are currently ripe and available at local markets.