Next week, more of our seasonal markets begin to open, so here's the low-down on the first of the next three! Stay tuned for more market profiles.
Location: PNA Upper Parking Lot, Phinney Ave N and N 67th St
Market Dates: June 2-October 6
Market Hours: 3:30-7:30pm
Your favorite Friday night activity is rapidly approaching! Starting June 2nd, the Phinney Farmers Market will begin its 11th season! As always, the market will be your place for summer flavors, outdoor dinners, music, and community all right at the PNA. We’ve worked to get the best vendors to this market and they are sure to fulfill all your shopping needs. Come to the market to socialize with community members, talk to the farmers who grew all that amazing food, dance to live music with an ice cream cone in hand, and shop alongside your favorite neighborhood chefs… The ‘shopping list’ goes on!
With a new year comes new vendors, so be prepared to see some new faces at the market. Be sure to check out new meat vendors like Carl’s Cutting Board and Rathbun + Moore with specialty sausages, poultry, and eggs, plus some lovely fish products from Sena Sea Seafoods. There will of course be many delicious veggies from our new farms Chubby Bunny Farm and The Root Cellar, plus specialty veggie-based items like cashew cheese from Cashew Cottage and kale chips from Kale Love. For those sweet teeth, Frost Cottage bakery and Sweet & Savory will provide yummy new baked goods, and Gold Glen Creamery will have butter to spread on those if you need a little extra. And wash it all down with drinks from our new hard cider vendors Finn River and Greenwood Cider. And the best news? There will be so many more of your favorites to fill up those grocery baskets. See you there!
Today is the second day of the 2017 season for Columbia City Farmers Market, and we thought we'd give you a nice quick profile of one of our favorite markets.
Location: S. Edmunds St between 35th Ave S and 37th Ave S at Columbia Park, 98118 | Between Martin Luther King Way and Rainier Ave S
Market Dates: May 3 – October 11, 2017
Market Hours: 3pm – 7pm
The Columbia City Farmers Market has been open since 1998, and has grown with the diverse and cohesive community around it. In the heart of historic Columbia City, this lively market features fresh products from over 40 local farms. The market averages over 2,500 shoppers a day, with many families using the park to gather and picnic on market day. Live music, special events for kids and free cooking classes are offered throughout the season, plus great picnic opportunities in Columbia Park. Our vendors fill up S. Edmunds, Columbia Park and the adjacent Interagency School lot with all sorts of fresh, local foods and food products.
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.