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12 Seattle Farmers Markets to Discover

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Seattle’s long, sunny summer days and cool nights, ample winter rains, and pristine waters add up to a great place to grow food. The peaches from the mountains to the east, the shellfish from the waters to the west, the grain from the valley to the north, and the creativity that comes from all around meet every day at local farmers markets, making the colorful collections of booths the perfect place for a midday stroll to find new fruits, taste the best briny oysters, and sip local lagers with your favorite folks.

From the world-famous Pike Place Market — one of the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers markets — to the tiny, community-run, block-party-like atmosphere of Queen Anne, Seattle’s best farmers markets offer a chance to taste the region’s most interesting and exciting foods.

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1. Phinney Farmers Market

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6761 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-2278
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The Friday-night crowd — or lack thereof — makes this one of the most decidedly low-key markets in the city. It also makes it particularly family-friendly, with a playground right on site and a dance floor for the live music that often fills up with twirling toddlers. But while there are fewer folks, the selection remains robust, with some of the city’s best strawberries from Schuh Farms, stone fruit from Collins Family Orchards, and endless peppers from Alvarez Farms. And the kid-approved dinner options include pizza and plenty of ice cream.

A basket of gala apples for sale at a stand at the Phinney Farmers Market in Seattle. jwalsh

2. Ballard Farmers Market

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22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 706-0615
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Saturday nights in Ballard are for choosing from the neighborhood’s plethora of hot restaurants and hopping between its myriad bars, but Sunday mornings are made for the market. While many of those same restaurants pop open for brunch, nothing beats the selection of seasonal pastries from the Salmonberry Goods booth while browsing the seemingly endless rows of fruits, seafood, meat, and vegetables, interspersed with the occasional artist. While the market has all the standards, it also keeps it quirky with stands selling locally grown saffron strands and hummus made from fresh garbanzos.

Baskets of peaches sit out at a table in the sun, at the Ballard Farmers Market in Seattle. Cynthia Shepley

3. University District Farmers Market

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5031 Chris Curtis Way
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5234
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Since 1993, the University District Farmers Market has been the standard bearer — locally and nationally — for the greatness of a neighborhood farmers market. The year-round market keeps its focus squarely on great food, providing space for both large farms, like Tonnemaker, which carries fruit and fresh and roasted peppers in season and a wide selection of dried products in the depths of winter, as well as small farms like Grouse Mountain Farm, which comes in for select weeks when their stone fruit is at its peak.

A basket of zucchini and squash for sale at a stand at the University District Farmers Market in Settle. Fujimoto

4. Queen Anne Farmers Market

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&, Queen Anne Ave N & W Crockett St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 428-1983
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Proudly the only independent farmers market in the city, the Queen Anne market was started by a group of local citizens who decided that it was truly what the neighborhood needed. That grassroots feeling still pervades, with neighborhood chefs doing cooking demos, lots of unique vendors who haven’t made it into the larger markets (artisanal chocolate milk from Bellflower, for example), and a big prepared foods area where neighbors gather for their Thursday evening meal around the long family-style table.

5. Bellevue Farmers Market

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1717 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 454-8474
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A sprawling seasonal Thursday market, there’s plenty of room here to explore some of the unique vendors, like Chinampas Farm, which grows microgreens, and Kardi Vera sauces. Though the parking lot location leaves a bit to be desired, the live music and prepared food vendors that include Colombian Delights Bakery and Poke Me Food Truck more than make up for it — plus Fortuity Cellars is always there providing drinks.

A variety of beans, peas, and other root vegetables on a table at the Bellevue Farmers Market in Seattle. Susie Wyshak

6. Capitol Hill Farmers Market

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1601 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 547-2278
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After getting bumped from location to location through various construction projects, the Capitol Hill Farmers Market has finally found its home — and its groove, catering more to a younger crowd than many of the further-out neighborhoods. That means it starts a little later than others and has plenty of post-partying treats, like 9th & Hennepin doughnuts, El Chito tamales, and big, beautiful, gluten-free cakes from Grain Artisan Bakery.

A person looks through a table showcase of asparagus at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market in Seattle. Helen Cook

7. Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA

Since 1907, the cobblestone stretch of Pike Place and the buildings that line it have been the culinary hub of Seattle. Each year, millions of visitors pass through the high stalls facing the street and selling fresh produce and wander the below-ground hallways full of unique shops. But while the crowds can get miserably thick on summer afternoons, take a hint from the locals and stop by in the cool morning hours, when you’ll still find Sosio’s handing out samples of their “Oh My God” peaches, and clam chowder simmering at Jack’s Fish Spot. 

A case of cherries and nectarines sits for sale at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. Stefou!

8. West Seattle Farmers Market

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Cnr SW Alaska St &, California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 632-5234
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As one of the biggest weekend markets south of the ship canal, this 20-year-old market still brings in a strong crowd. It has Straight Outta Compost organic veggies (and cookies) from Oh Yeah! Farms, cucamelons from Whistling Train Farm, and chicken from Green Bow. But one of the best parts about this market is its location right in the retail center of West Seattle, which means that after you get your sheep cheese from Glendale Shephard, your vegan cheese from Chelo Cashew Creme, or your goat cheese from Burton Hill Farm, you can also poke around Easy Street Records or pop into the Sneakery.

Shoppers browse a stand selling fresh produce at the West Seattle Farmers Market. Chas Redmond

9. Columbia City Farmers Market

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37th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 632-5234
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The sourdough baked goods from Temple Pastries alone are a reason to hit this seasonal Wednesday afternoon market, but it also reigns supreme for its inclusive, welcoming atmosphere — which extends right into the picnic-dinner vibe at the adjacent park. With many of the same vendors as the big weekend markets but none of the tourists flowing through, the market is easy to navigate as neighbors greet each other over Ethiopian food while shopping their way around the many flower stands that set this market apart. 

10. Issaquah Farmers Market

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1730 10th Ave NW
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 837-3311
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If you smell the coffee roasting on-site from Valente, you’re in the right spot for this suburb’s seasonal Saturday market. In the shadow of the mountains, with easy access to local farms, there’s plenty of interesting produce woven in among the crafts and concession stands here. Look for organic vegetables or plants to take home from Oxbow Farm, a variety of berries from Skagit Sun, lots of green beans and cucumbers from Duris Farms, and a fascinating array of mushrooms from Fruit of the Woods.

11. Kent Saturday Market

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115 2nd Ave N
Kent, WA 98032
(253) 856-5200

Kent has made a name for itself among Seattle suburbs as an incubator for exciting food businesses and restaurants, so it makes sense that their seasonal Saturday market has a fun array of vendors. Linds Custom Meats makes teriyaki beef jerky and jalapeño pepperoni sticks with cheese, El Jibarito sells Puerto Rican hot sauces and jams, and Bees in the Burbs sells their suitably suburban honey — all while kids play in the neighboring splash pad. 

12. Federal Way Farmers Market

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1701 S 320th St
Federal Way, WA 98003
(253) 261-8157
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Though it’s a small market set up in a shopping center parking lot, this scrappy little seasonal Saturday shindig has a cool collection of committed vendors. Stop by the vintage truck for coffee from Food Forest Farms Coffee Roasters before browsing through the handmade soaps and oils, as well as the prepared foods that reflect the town’s diversity: Hawaiian shave ice, goat curry, and Mexican esquites corn.

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1. Phinney Farmers Market

6761 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
A basket of gala apples for sale at a stand at the Phinney Farmers Market in Seattle. jwalsh

The Friday-night crowd — or lack thereof — makes this one of the most decidedly low-key markets in the city. It also makes it particularly family-friendly, with a playground right on site and a dance floor for the live music that often fills up with twirling toddlers. But while there are fewer folks, the selection remains robust, with some of the city’s best strawberries from Schuh Farms, stone fruit from Collins Family Orchards, and endless peppers from Alvarez Farms. And the kid-approved dinner options include pizza and plenty of ice cream.

6761 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Ballard Farmers Market

22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Baskets of peaches sit out at a table in the sun, at the Ballard Farmers Market in Seattle. Cynthia Shepley

Saturday nights in Ballard are for choosing from the neighborhood’s plethora of hot restaurants and hopping between its myriad bars, but Sunday mornings are made for the market. While many of those same restaurants pop open for brunch, nothing beats the selection of seasonal pastries from the Salmonberry Goods booth while browsing the seemingly endless rows of fruits, seafood, meat, and vegetables, interspersed with the occasional artist. While the market has all the standards, it also keeps it quirky with stands selling locally grown saffron strands and hummus made from fresh garbanzos.

22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. University District Farmers Market

5031 Chris Curtis Way, Seattle, WA 98105
A basket of zucchini and squash for sale at a stand at the University District Farmers Market in Settle. Fujimoto

Since 1993, the University District Farmers Market has been the standard bearer — locally and nationally — for the greatness of a neighborhood farmers market. The year-round market keeps its focus squarely on great food, providing space for both large farms, like Tonnemaker, which carries fruit and fresh and roasted peppers in season and a wide selection of dried products in the depths of winter, as well as small farms like Grouse Mountain Farm, which comes in for select weeks when their stone fruit is at its peak.

5031 Chris Curtis Way
Seattle, WA 98105

4. Queen Anne Farmers Market

&, Queen Anne Ave N & W Crockett St, Seattle, WA 98109

Proudly the only independent farmers market in the city, the Queen Anne market was started by a group of local citizens who decided that it was truly what the neighborhood needed. That grassroots feeling still pervades, with neighborhood chefs doing cooking demos, lots of unique vendors who haven’t made it into the larger markets (artisanal chocolate milk from Bellflower, for example), and a big prepared foods area where neighbors gather for their Thursday evening meal around the long family-style table.

&, Queen Anne Ave N & W Crockett St
Seattle, WA 98109

5. Bellevue Farmers Market

1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
A variety of beans, peas, and other root vegetables on a table at the Bellevue Farmers Market in Seattle. Susie Wyshak

A sprawling seasonal Thursday market, there’s plenty of room here to explore some of the unique vendors, like Chinampas Farm, which grows microgreens, and Kardi Vera sauces. Though the parking lot location leaves a bit to be desired, the live music and prepared food vendors that include Colombian Delights Bakery and Poke Me Food Truck more than make up for it — plus Fortuity Cellars is always there providing drinks.

1717 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

6. Capitol Hill Farmers Market

1601 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98112
A person looks through a table showcase of asparagus at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market in Seattle. Helen Cook

After getting bumped from location to location through various construction projects, the Capitol Hill Farmers Market has finally found its home — and its groove, catering more to a younger crowd than many of the further-out neighborhoods. That means it starts a little later than others and has plenty of post-partying treats, like 9th & Hennepin doughnuts, El Chito tamales, and big, beautiful, gluten-free cakes from Grain Artisan Bakery.

1601 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98112

7. Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
A case of cherries and nectarines sits for sale at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. Stefou!

Since 1907, the cobblestone stretch of Pike Place and the buildings that line it have been the culinary hub of Seattle. Each year, millions of visitors pass through the high stalls facing the street and selling fresh produce and wander the below-ground hallways full of unique shops. But while the crowds can get miserably thick on summer afternoons, take a hint from the locals and stop by in the cool morning hours, when you’ll still find Sosio’s handing out samples of their “Oh My God” peaches, and clam chowder simmering at Jack’s Fish Spot. 

Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA

8. West Seattle Farmers Market

Cnr SW Alaska St &, California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Shoppers browse a stand selling fresh produce at the West Seattle Farmers Market. Chas Redmond

As one of the biggest weekend markets south of the ship canal, this 20-year-old market still brings in a strong crowd. It has Straight Outta Compost organic veggies (and cookies) from Oh Yeah! Farms, cucamelons from Whistling Train Farm, and chicken from Green Bow. But one of the best parts about this market is its location right in the retail center of West Seattle, which means that after you get your sheep cheese from Glendale Shephard, your vegan cheese from Chelo Cashew Creme, or your goat cheese from Burton Hill Farm, you can also poke around Easy Street Records or pop into the Sneakery.

Cnr SW Alaska St &, California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

9. Columbia City Farmers Market

37th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

The sourdough baked goods from Temple Pastries alone are a reason to hit this seasonal Wednesday afternoon market, but it also reigns supreme for its inclusive, welcoming atmosphere — which extends right into the picnic-dinner vibe at the adjacent park. With many of the same vendors as the big weekend markets but none of the tourists flowing through, the market is easy to navigate as neighbors greet each other over Ethiopian food while shopping their way around the many flower stands that set this market apart. 

37th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

10. Issaquah Farmers Market

1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA 98027

If you smell the coffee roasting on-site from Valente, you’re in the right spot for this suburb’s seasonal Saturday market. In the shadow of the mountains, with easy access to local farms, there’s plenty of interesting produce woven in among the crafts and concession stands here. Look for organic vegetables or plants to take home from Oxbow Farm, a variety of berries from Skagit Sun, lots of green beans and cucumbers from Duris Farms, and a fascinating array of mushrooms from Fruit of the Woods.

1730 10th Ave NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

11. Kent Saturday Market

115 2nd Ave N, Kent, WA 98032

Kent has made a name for itself among Seattle suburbs as an incubator for exciting food businesses and restaurants, so it makes sense that their seasonal Saturday market has a fun array of vendors. Linds Custom Meats makes teriyaki beef jerky and jalapeño pepperoni sticks with cheese, El Jibarito sells Puerto Rican hot sauces and jams, and Bees in the Burbs sells their suitably suburban honey — all while kids play in the neighboring splash pad. 

115 2nd Ave N
Kent, WA 98032

12. Federal Way Farmers Market

1701 S 320th St, Federal Way, WA 98003

Though it’s a small market set up in a shopping center parking lot, this scrappy little seasonal Saturday shindig has a cool collection of committed vendors. Stop by the vintage truck for coffee from Food Forest Farms Coffee Roasters before browsing through the handmade soaps and oils, as well as the prepared foods that reflect the town’s diversity: Hawaiian shave ice, goat curry, and Mexican esquites corn.

1701 S 320th St
Federal Way, WA 98003

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