It’s getting to the point where you can get just about anything at farmers markets these days…so it’s not surprising that you can source your holiday cheer, too! We’ve put together some shopping ideas for all those different friends and family members in your life.
There are many people who shop at the farmers market who assume that everything there is organic. While many of the farms in our system do produce certified organic products, there are just as many that do not. And some farms choose to pursue alternative certification programs, some of which can go beyond organic.
Certification serves as a guarantee that specific goods were produced according to a certain standard established by a third party entity or group of experts. Programs like Salmon Safe, Biodynamic, Animals Welfare Approved, and Certified Naturally Grown all offer their own standards. Below is a brief description of each program so that the next time you are at the market, you will have a better idea of how your food was produced.
Incredible Chefs for 2016:
-Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata)
-Chester Gerl (Gracia)
-Kappo Tamura (Sushi Kappo Tamura)
-Zoi Antonitas (JarrBar)
-Heong Soon Park (Chan Seattle)
-Carla Leonardi (Cafe Lago)
-Dylan Giordan (Piatti)
-Desmond Bonow(The Carlile Room)
-Charles Warpole (Bling Pig Bistro)
-Karen Jurgensen (Seattle Culinary Academy)
-Cameron Hanin (Ma'ono)
-Matthew Lewis (Roux)
-Paul Osher (Porkchop & Co.)
-Andy Dekle (Maree Bistro)
-Jesse Smith (Sisters and Brothers)
-Autumn Martin (Hot Cakes)
-Brandon Karow (Tavolata)
-Chester Gerl (Gracia)
-Sam Crannell (LloydMartin)
Purchase tickets here!
Whether you are just starting out in farming or a seasoned producer looking to diversify your business through the creation of a value-added enterprise, Farm King County is here to assist you with all your farm business questions.
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines! The annual Zucchini 500 features summer squash roadsters handcrafted by young racers - complete with wheels and fabulously imaginative decorations! Kids of all ages are invited to join the fun and create their very own vegetable vehicle to race against other young contestants. All car bodies and parts supplied by the farmers market and farmers (donations gratefully accepted). Races are sponsored by Pagliacci Pizza and include a pizza dough toss demo.
Wednesday 8/10 – Columbia City Farmers Market, 4-6pm
Saturday 8/13 – Magnolia Farmers Market,11am-1pm
Thursday 8/18 – Lake City Farmers Market, 4-6pm
Sunday 8/21 – West Seattle Farmers Market, 11am-1pm
Friday 8/26 – Phinney Farmers Market,4-6pm
Bringing the Farm to You...
Andy Barth with the Washington Farm Bureau recently visited the Seattle Farmers Markets and spoke with Neighborhood Farmers Market Executive Director, Chris Curtis, about what makes them so special.
The below explains what it takes to bring farm fresh food to the city and the relationships between farmers, customers and direct sales.