We have a few businesses who got their start at our markets and have grown their reach far beyond. Starting this SUNDAY for Farmers Market Week (August 6-12) two of those vendors are giving back! Rachel’s Ginger Beer and Ellenos Greek Yogurt are both featuring a peak harvest Blueberry Peach flavor combo, the proceeds of which benefit the Good Farmer Fund. More about how we support farmers in need and how you can donate here.
Or just come to the markets and check out their offerings to support the fund. RGB is at Capitol Hill (Sundays), Columbia City (Wednesdays) and U District (Saturdays). Ellenos is at West Seattle (Sundays) and U District (Saturdays).
Blueberries + Peaches = Emergency Farm Relief!
Councilmember Johnson was instrumental in maintaining the U-District market’s current street permit and ensuring that our farmers and vendors would not be impacted by proposed sidewalk changes. Councilmember Johnson also maintains weekly office hours at the U-District market from 10 am – noon every Saturday. Rob and his team have been a huge support to the U-District farmers market. Please stop by their booth and say thanks for all their hard work on behalf of our farmers, our street location and our future success.
Find out more information about what Councilmember Johnson is up to here.
Location: NE 125th st and 28th Ave NE, next to the Lake City Public Library
Market dates: June 8-October 5
Market Hours: 3pm-7pm
The Lake City Farmers Market was opened in 2002, originally set up in the Albert Davis Park. It is a popular local destination with over 30 farmers and food artisans who offer a great selection of delicious seasonal fruits, berries, organic produce, eggs, local baked goods, pasture raised meats, ciders, honey, preserves, ready-to-eat foods and more throughout the season. Activities for kids, free cooking classes, and other events schedules EVERY week. Next to a lovely park with picnic area, seating and shady trees. Free market parking in the underground Lake City Library lot.
Next week, more of our seasonal markets begin to open, so here's the low-down on the second of the next three! Stay tuned for one more market profile on Lake City.
Location: In Magnolia Village, W McGraw St and 33rd Ave W
Market Dates: June 3-October14
Market Hours: 10am-2pm
Magnolia Farmers Market began in 2003 and features over 35 family farmers and artisan food vendors, who make this Saturday farmers market a delightful weekly destination. Enjoy a wide variety of fresh, local, and seasonal produce included organic vegetables, heirloom lettuces, local berries, tree fruit, corn, squash, farm fresh eggs, artisan cheeses, pasture raise meats, raw honey, preserves, fresh pasta, local bakes goods, cut flowers, plant starts, and prepared foods. Special events include the Zucchini 500, live music, and free cooking classes. Plenty of on-street parking.
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.