Past seasons may have focused on new prepared-food vendors and up-and-coming chefs, but this summer it's all about fresh produce with more than 10 new farms making their mark across Seattle's neighborhood markets. Here's a taste of what to expect at this season's markets. Cash and reusable tote bag at the ready.
University District Farmer’s District
Saturdays, 9am–2pm (Year-Round)
The oldest member of the of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance will welcome four local farms including Wild Hare Organic Farm and Greenwalt Farms. This Ritzville-based farm specializes in lesser-known cooking oils like camelina oil that are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Fishing Vessel St. Jude, (a favorite of chefs like Maria Hines) has also returned to the U District market with its selection of wild albacore tuna.
Columbia City Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3–7pm (Opens May 6)
Chocolatiers Deiros Artisan Chocolate will bring hand-dipped chocolate truffles to Columbia City this season along with Renton-based Adrienne's Cakes and Pies. If you're not much of a sweet tooth, Sea Breeze Farm will be offering fresh meats and raw milk. Keep a lookout for Fresh and Wild Seafoods, which will be selling a selection of wild salmon come September.
Magnolia Farmers Market
Saturdays, 10am–2pm (Opens June 6)
Magnolia's market will welcome a host of new farms and vendors this season. Expect organic vegetables from Goose and Gander Farm and handcrafted meats from Salt Blade. Carnation-based Jubilee Farms will be bringing its famous heirloom tomatoes to the summertime market.
West Seattle Farmers Market
Sundays, 10am–2pm (Year-Round)
After 17 years at its current location, the West Seattle Farmers Market will be moving to California Avenue on June 14. With a bigger space comes an abundance of new stalls such as Left Foot Farm (selling raw goat's milk) and Adrienne's Cakes and Pies and hot food from Girls Gone BBQ and Falafel Salam. Longtime salmon vendor Loki Fish is preparing its popular salmon sliders, salmon chowder, and salmon breakfast hash.
Lake City Farmers Market
Thursdays, 3–7pm (Opens June 11)
This summer market will be home to Yellow Belly Farms, selling a selection of raw honey from its Rainier farm. There's also talk of a Jikoni African stand that will be serving traditional soups and stews, a first for the northernmost market.
Capitol Hill/Broadway Farmers Market
Sundays, 11am–3pm (Year-Round)
Locally Leavened Breads will be selling freshly baked artisan bread alongside market favorites El Chitos and Patty Pan. Skinny Kitty Farms will also be bringing organic chicken, eggs, and vegetables to Capitol Hill marketgoers this summer.
Terry Avenue Saturday Market
From the folks that brought us the Fremont Sunday Market comes the newest Seattle neighborhood market on Terry Avenue in the heart of Amazonia. Starting June 6, Terry Ave organizers aim to bring a fresh new European-style market to the heart of South Lake Union with a host of farms, street food, artists and crafts. Our favorites include pickles from Seattle Pickle Company, and dairy-free ice pops from Six Strawberries. More vendors are still to be announced—check out the Terry Avenue website for details.
Queen Anne Farmers Market
Seattle’s only independent nonprofit market boasts a mix of new and returning vendors this season. New food trucks to look out for include Tandoozy and Peruvian-style sandwich maker Don Lucho’s. On the sweeter side Bake My Day will serve up a selection of whoopie pies, brownies, truffles, and cookies while My Sweet Lil Cakes will have sweet and savory pancakes and waffles served on sticks.
Pike Place Express Markets
First Hill, City Hall Plaza, Pioneer Square, South Lake Union
Various Days, 10am–2pm
In addition to the trusty favorites, customers can expect a bunch of newcomers at each of the five express locations. Market regulars El Chitos will also serve tamales at the South Lake Union, Pioneer Square, and First Hill locations. Shoppers can also expect to see European style kolaches in flavors from traditional raspberry to Uli's bacon sausage from the Flying Kolache at the South Lake Union location.