Here's another it's-almost-summer milestone: the return of the city's express farmers markets, all urban offshoots of Pike Place Market. Joining the City Hall and South Lake Union locations this year is a new market in (where else) Pioneer Square. So after eating your lunch at one of these scenic outdoor cubicle alternatives, stop off for some salami, pickles, pasta from Il Corvo, or even a sample or two of wine.
Seattle City Hall Farmers Market
Tuesday, 10am to 2pm, June 18 thru October 29 at 600 Forth Ave
There are 12 farms unpacking produce at City Hall, including peaches and cherries from Martin Family Orchards, a variety of berries from Hayton Farms from Mount Vernon, and vegetables from Alvarez Farms, to name a few. Butcher shop BB Ranch, of recent pot pig fame, will offer sustainable meats and salamis. And stop by Sunny Honey for one of these adorable jars of berry blossom honey. For Northwest cheeses like the soft-ripened Seastack or Camembert Cirrus head to Mt. Townsend Creamery.
Pioneer Square Farmers Market
Wednesday, 10am to 2pm, June 19 thru October 30 at South Main and Occidental
The city's resurging-est of neighborhoods now has a market to call its own. And it's got tons of produce options, including Growing Washington and Lee’s Fresh Produce. Britt’s Pickles will be there selling naturally pickled oak-barreled cucumbers or kimchi, while Holmquist Hazelnuts will be dressing its wares in everything from chocolate to ranch dressing. Ooh, and Il Corvo Pasta is bringing its fresh pastas and sauces, and save room for a chocolate-covered ice cream bar from the Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company.
South Lake Union Farmers Market
Thursday, 10am to 2pm, June 20 thru October 31 at 410 Terry Ave N
Amazonians, take a break from the clusters of nearby food trucks and hit this market for lots of organic fruits and vegetables from vendors including Magana Farms from Sunnyside and Puyallup’s Sidhu Farms. Celebrate that new state law allowing wine and beer tasting at farmers markets with a mid-day taster of rose or nebbiolo from Madrona's Wilridge Winery (we won't judge) and grab a kettle-boiled bagel from the Seattle Bagel Company. On your way back to work find an all-natural treat for the office dogs at Adventure Days.