Farmers Markets

columbia-farmers-market1With the sun beginning to peek out of the sky a bit more lately, it’s now the time for the seasonal farmer’s markets to be opening. The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance’s calendar lists Magnolia opening this Saturday, May 23, followed by Phinney on Friday, May 29, and Lake City on Thursday, June 4. The Columbia City Farmers Market opened in late April, Broadway on May 10 and – lucky! – both the University District and West Seattle ones are open year round. The Ballard Sunday Farmers Market has an official blog which lists what’s fresh now and has a list of neighbors’ businesses.  There will be a grand opening of the Meadowbrook Farmers Market, to be located on the grounds of the Seattle Waldorf School, on Sunday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are planning to travel around Washington state, the Washington State Farmers Market Association web site lists over 125 farmers markets.

Curious for more facts about where these crops come from? organic-farming2A library catalog search for organic farming finds titles like Organic Farming: Everything You Need to Know by Peter Fossel. Many cookbooks cover recipes with natural foods ingredients.  The Farm to Table Cookbook: the Art of Eating Locally by Ivy Manning includes yummy dishes from Northwest chefs and restaurants.

And, one could not mention this topic without asking when was the last time that you, a neighbor or a visiting relative went to the Pike Place Market? Have you been lucky enough to catch one of those flying fish?

6 thoughts on “Farmers Markets”

  1. It makes me so happy all summer long to stop off at the Columbia City Farmer’s Market on my way home from work! I will contrive to run out of things, just for the excuse. I work downtown, and so am fortunate enough that I can just run to Pike Place to grab a little of this or a little of that, but there’s nothing quite like these community markets: Long may they wave!

  2. South Park is going to have a Farmer’s Market on Saturday June 20 at the corner of 14th Ave S and Cloverdale. There promises to be produce grown in South Park and tamales.
    Also most library locations have paper copies of the U Pick and Farmer’s Market Guides.

  3. It really felt like summer had arrived at the market in Columbia City this last Wednesday. Kids were running through the grassy field waving colorful wands and dodging bubbles, musicians were playing live music on the corner, and the vendors were selling their spring vegis. It is shaping up to be another great season!

  4. Isn’t it wonderful there are so many markets around?! I am lucky to have the seasonal Yakima Fruit Market and Nursery on my commute from Bothell to Seattle.

  5. The U District Farmers’s Market is having a cooking demo with Mariel Hemingway, author of Mariel’s Kitchen, this coming Saturday, June 6 at 9:30 am…

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