Spotlight on: Seattle's Farmers Markets

One thing that shouldn’t be taken for granted in Seattle is the farmers markets – each neighborhood that hosts a farmers market has something new to offer.  

As a transplant to Seattle, I can vouch for the fact that not every city provides such a variety of vendors or local, fresh produce.

Ballard Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings, photo courtesy of The Examiner.

Ballard Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings, photo courtesy of The Examiner.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve bought a bouquet of flowers, fruit, lunch, or even dessert at a local market.  There is something very special about buying a pie directly from the baker or meeting the owner of a very progressive caramel stand (who knew there was such a thing as absinthe sea salt caramels?).

But, as we make our way through October, the change in weather brings a whole new wave of festivities and local goods.

The AppleLooza on October 25th at the Farmer’s Market in the University District is a celebration of everything apple.  There will be dozens of apple tastings, local produce from the surrounding family farms, as well as cider and pie!

On October 26th is the West Seattle Harvest Festival combining their regular farmers market with some other fall activities - including a costume parade.  This event is definitely a family-friendly outing, so just keep that in mind.  

Supporting local farmers and vendors is a great way to get in touch with the people in or around the Seattle area.  Not to mention that most of the markets pride themselves on being entirely sustainable. 

Since a majority of the markets don’t stay open all year round, it’s definitely great to take advantage while they are still up! Seattle Farmers Markets is a great resource to check out upcoming events, recipes, or spotlights on local vendors. 

That being said, Seattle’s support and push to promote these local events is something that makes this city truly great.  So, what are some of your favorite markets? 


-Aryn Higgins, TWIF Blogger