Get your fish-shaped cakes, aka taiyaki, in Fremont. Image via Fremont Market.

Grab your reusable totes and get ready to support our local farms, bakeries, cheese makers, food stands, and wineries this year at the Seattle area farmers markets. A few favorites of last year–Kedai Makan, Juicebox, and Little Uncle–have moved on to more indoor pursuits, but many new faces are in the lineup.  Here’s a taste of what’s in store for the 2013 season.  

 Farmers Market
Opening Day: April 21
Newcomer Orale Chamo will serve up traditional Venezuelan specialties like pollo tinga, carne mechada, and a mushroom mole.On the sweeter side, the ladies of d:Floured bakery are making their farmers market debut with gluten-free tarts, cookies, and bread; finally, starting June 2, Six Strawberries will offer fruit flavored ice pops with creamy varieties made with coconut milk.

Columbia City Farmers Market
Opening Day:
May 1
A veteran of the U-District market, Lily’s Salvadorian Catering is bringing traditional pupusas, homemade salsas, and tortillas to Columbia City. Get your cultivated shitake, oyster, and lion’s mane mushrooms from Terra Fleurs, and  gluten-free sweets from d:Floured (see above). And, ooh, Woodinville's Piccola Cellars (makers of much local wine on tap) will offer varietals like riesling and syrah. 

Fremont Sunday Market
Opening Day:
Liana and Brady Woo will be serving Japanese taiyaki, fish-shaped cakes stuffed with red-bean paste and other yummy fillings. And starting in May, Ezell’s Express will serve mobile offerings of that famous fried chicken to marketgoers.

Lake City
 Farmers Market
Opening Day:
June 20
At Tabby Cat Pickling find organic pickled cucumbers, dilly beans, and tartar sauce. 
Klickitat Canyon a small, family-owned organic winery will offer selections like lemberger, a German varietal, and chardonnay.

Farmers Market
Opening Day: May 17
Honest Biscuits, a staple of the West Seattle market, is coming on board with traditional and gluten free biscuits, either unadorned or baked in combos like Loki Fish Keta salmon jerky and fromage blanc from Mt. Townsend Creamery. For produce, pick up CSA boxes from Steel Wheel Farm, based in Fall City.

Magnolia Farmers Market

Opening Day:
June 1
Lots of newcomers here this year. A popular food truck from the Fremont market, Caravan Crepes, will do savory offerings like ham and gruyere and lentil with pistachio pesto. A favorite from the U-District market, El Chito, is moving over here to sell meaty tamales, and Twin Oaks Creamery is bringing cheddar, Romano, brie, blue, feta, and camembert, while Tieton Farm and Creamery supply the fresh chevre, feta, and halloumi. Finally, Whidbey Island Ice Cream joins the dairy display with handmade chocolate covered ice cream bars and pints of fruit flavors to go.

Phinney Farmers Market
Opening Day:
June 7
A regular of the Fremont Market, street food vendor, Tandoozy (maker of "food for naan believers"), will serve up hearty Indian fare with basmati rice, naan, and mango chutney. Madrona's Wilridge Winery will be here too, offering varietals from its Yakima estate, including pinot grigio and nebbiolo. 

Queen Anne Farmers Market
Opening Day: June 6 
As we mentioned before, look for Renee Erickson's ridiculously cute food truck, the Narwhal, joining the market's food truck lineup. Also find gourmet grilled cheese from Monte Cristo this year and savory and sweet pies from 314 Pie. Wash it all down with a fresh blueberry basil soda from Soda Jerk.

University District Farmers Market
Opening Day:
Cheesemaker Kurt Timmermeister brings cow’s milk in hard, semisoft, and ricotta varieties from Kurtwood Farms, while Mountain Lodge Farm is offering a raw goat cheese. Direct from North Seattle hives comes Seattle Urban Honey; according to its website the bees will be in production mode just in time for market season. And for dessert, hit Pinks Ice Cream for Asian-inspired flavors made from Washington cream.

West Seattle Farmers 
Opening Day:
Get your baked goods at Sweet and Savory–joining U-District and Broadway market as well–purveyor of tarts, gallettes, and scones all made with seasonal ingredients. Flavors from another sweet newcomer, Cascade Pies, inclue Skagit Valley berry, apple, sweet potato, salted caramel, or pecan. A purveyor of green smoothes, Reciprocity Foods, hails from the Tacoma market and uses local, organic produce.