In addition to the venerable year-round Pike Place Market, a handful of local farmers markets offer a bounty, including crates of potatoes, artisan cheese, buckets of just-cut bouquets and bins of lettuce every month of the year, rain or shine. Get the kids in their rain gear this weekend and go adventuring at any of the these winter fresh market picks.
Ballard Sunday Farmers Market
Nestled between some of the coolest shops and eateries in the city on old Ballard Ave., the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market is a main weekend event for a slew of families. Vendors line the street on two sides, and there’s still plenty of room for dogs, buskers, even double-wide strollers to meander from stall to stall. This time of year you’ll find fun to buy and try winter produce like parsnips, sprouts, chickweed and sunchokes as well as smoked salmon, shellfish and beef. You’ll also find purveyors selling kid favorites like hand-cut pasta and frozen cookie dough. After shopping you can grab a seat on the curb and tuck into slices of Veraci Pizza or Patty Pan veggie quesadillas. If you’d rather get out of the cold, scoot the kiddos into Fresh Flours and nibble on green tea muffins and macaroons, or splurge and head to Bastille for French-inspired brunch.
Ballard Ave. at 22nd Ave.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Broadway Farmers Market
The Broadway Farmers Market at Seattle Central Community College has gotten bigger and better since it launched in 2004. In addition to hosting more vendors than a decade back, the Capitol Hill market is now held year-round. Vendors offering treats like fresh jam, just-baked whole pies and Jonboy Caramels are sprinkled between organic farms and creameries. And like the Ballard market, dogs are welcome. Plus, you’ll find plenty of spots for the kids to sit and nosh on something savory or sweet.
Broadway & E. Pine St.
Seattle, Wa 98122
Sunday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m
University District Farmers Market
The oldest neighborhood farmers market in Seattle took it to the streets in October 2013. That’s when the University District Farmers Market permanently moved from the parking lot of the University Heights Center to University Way between 50th and 52nd St. The new setup makes it even easier to get around the more than 20-year-old year old, year-round market. Grab a bite at the mini food court featuring crepes, Indian food, and empanadas. And in addition to all of that produce, kiddos can try cheese from Golden Glen Creamery and you can fill a growler with the addictive Rachel’s Ginger Beer.
Bonus: If you’re a U of W staff member or student don’t forget to bring your ID to the info booth every first Saturday of the month for a free market coupon.
5031 University Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98105
Saturday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
West Seattle Farmers Market
A Sunday market with a neighborhood vibe that’s worth the drive from any part of town, the almost 15-year-old West Seattle Farmers Market in the West Seattle Junction is bustling, even in the cold weather months. Warm up with hot cider from Rockridge Orchards, chow down on a trio of salmon sliders from Loki Fish Co. and pick up some fresh tulips from Alm Hill Gardens.
California Ave. S.W. & S.W. Alaska St.
Seattle, Wa 98116
Sunday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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