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Know Your Market

From Ballard to Madrona, Seattle has a farmers market for every day of the week.

Isabelle Johnson


Ballard Farmer’s Market Courtesy Sagacity

No matter what day you are visiting the city, Seattle’s summer open-air markets boast exceptional Northwest finds—be it fresh produce or handmade jewelry.


Though neighborhood markets are closed on Mondays, you can start the week at Pike Place Market* (1st Ave and Pike St.) , which is open daily for your shopping pleasure. Learn more about Pike Place Market here.


Can’t fit a full day at the quintessential Pike Place Market into your itinerary? Then swing by one of its smaller offshoot ventures such as Denny Regrade Market (May 28–Sept 24; 7th and Lenora St.), tucked underneath Amazon’s Spheres, or City Hall Farmers Market (May 28–Oct 8; 600 4th Ave), adjacent to the Sky View Observatory*. Try a tasty snack, like an artisanal crepe from La Crespella, before exploring one of the attractions nearby.


On a hot summer day, Columbia City Farmers Market (May 8–Oct 9; 37th Ave S & S Edmunds St.) has you covered with mouthwatering frozen treats from Seattle Pops and fruity sorbets from Bluebird Ice Cream. And for an even sweeter treat, take advantage of the Evening Farmers Market on Pike Place, where extended hours provide greater access to the city’s most iconic market (May 30–Sept 26; 1st Ave and Pike St.). Enjoy live music, family activities, and food tastings until 7pm, along with the usual suspects of flying fish, Rachel the Piggy Bank, and the expansive MarketFront views.

BeanFish Courtesy Jessica Huang


Queen Anne Farmers Market (May 30–Oct 10; W Crockett St. and Queen Anne Ave N), Seattle’s only independent, community-run market, is known for its wide variety of food trucks. Be sure and try the decadent cheeseburger nachos from Nacho Mama’s before snagging a fish-shaped waffle stuffed with savory or sweet fillings from the country’s first-of-its-kind taiyaki truck, BeanFish.


For a more traditional market experience, visit Madrona Farmers Market (May 17–Oct 11; Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and E Union St.) or Phinney Farmers Market (June 7–Sept 27; N 67th St & Phinney Ave N), both of which focus on staples such as fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats from local businesses. But don’t miss hidden gems like Madrona’s pork-focused cooking demos from Carl’s Cutting Board or Phinney’s Zucchini 500 (Aug 2), which lets the kids race cars made of squash, zucchini, and other vegetables.


Before wandering the beautiful University of Washington campus, fuel up at University District Farmers Market (ongoing; University Way NE and 50th St) with a cup of joe from Convoy Coffee and some decadent Greek yogurt from Ellenos. Or satisfy your sweet tooth at Magnolia Farmers Market (June 1–Nov 23; 33rd Ave W & W McGraw St.) with unique treats like poffertjes (mini Dutch pancakes) from Miri’s Seattle.


Peruse the nearly 150 vendors at Seattle’s original year-round market, Ballard Farmers Market (ongoing; 22nd Ave NW and NW Market St.), for everything from Fire and Scrape’s live demonstrations of the melted cheese dish raclette to handmade seed necklaces at Semilla Designs. Meet local growers and food artisans at West Seattle Farmers Market (ongoing; California Ave SW & SW Alaska St.), one of Seattle’s largest “farmers-only” markets—plus savor delicious snack offerings like falafel, biscuits, and pupusas. For a wildly unique experience that goes beyond your typical fruits and veggies, visit Fremont Sunday Market (ongoing; Evanston Ave N and N 34th St.). Experience entertainment ranging from hula-hoopers to banjo-players while shopping at this European-style bazaar that’s equal parts traditional and bohemian (think vintage typewriters and colorful oversize jewelry).



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