Last week I wrote about how the closure of Seattle’s farmers markets has hurt local farms already and how a few came up with alternatives to their standard restaurant supply and market business. Spring is starting to roll in and these alternatives are, well, growing. Since Seattle’s markets may remain closed beyond April 13 (the current extent of the city’s prohibition), and since it behooves us to keep our food supply intact—we're not talking restaurant options, this is the actual food production—the Neighborhood Farmers Markets and the Ballard Farmers Market have created lists of what their farms and vendors are doing as alternatives to the markets. (Click links for access.) 

In short: Lots of businesses pivoted to delivery. You can get Collins Family Orchards apples and pears delivered, or Holmquist hazelnuts, or the exceptional Ayako and Family jams and Japanese milk bread. Some market vendors—like Sea Wolf and La Pasta—already have physical locations where you can pick up their products. But both now sell other market products retail: Stokesberry Sustainable Farm eggs and chicken, Shepherd’s Grain flour, Salt Blade salami. Other farms, like Skagit River Ranch and Sno-Valley Mushrooms, have designated pickup locations and days. You can usually order online, then go get them already bundled. If you're a geographical type, NFM has a map of pickup and vendor locations.

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