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New: Guide to Farmers Markets

Posted on Jun 7, 2019


What’s on your menu this weekend? Hopefully your meals involve asparagus, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, greens, or any of Washington’s other June produce. I’m currently drooling over this braised pork belly, these short ribs, and these scallops and snap pea risotto. Also, how refreshing does this sparkling summer beverage look?

If you don’t have cooking plans yet, you might want to explore one of the Puget Sound area’s many farmers markets. Whether you just moved to your neighborhood, or whether you have been a local for years, perusing farmers markets is one of the best ways to get to know your community.

To celebrate the first week of June, here’s Pickett Street’s favorite local farmers markets. Check out the complete list of Washington markets here.

 

Ballard Farmers Market

When: Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., year round

Where: Ballard Avenue NW between Vernon Place and 22nd Avenue

What makes it special: Ballard was Seattle’s first year-round neighborhood farmers market. In addition to produce, this market offers fresh donuts, flowers, as well as eateries such as Tandoori Naan.

 

Capitol Hill Farmers Market

When: Sundays, year round

Where: Broadway Ave E and E Pine Str

What makes it special: This market receives rave reviews from Seattleites. Highlights include the beer and cider, the large variety of produce, and the street performers.

 

Wallingford Farmers Market

When: Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., from mid-May through late September

Where: Meridian Park at the corner of Meridian Avenue N and N 50th Street

What makes it special: Wallingford is perfect for when you need that midweek pick-me-up of fresh veggies. Also, the park offers shady picnic areas for relaxing and playing.

 

Little Brother’s Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting in June

Where: 450 Central Way, Kirkland, Washington

What makes it special: Little Brother’s proves that quality is better than quantity. Though small, this market is 100% organic and offers mouth-watering treats such as cheese curds, sockeye salmon cream cheese, and snickerdoodles.

 

Olympia Farmers Market

When: Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April-October and Saturday through Sunday, November-December

Where: 700 Capital Way N. and Market Street, Olympia

What makes it special: The Olympia market’s 90 vendors makes this the biggest market in Washington. Most of the market is also covered, so it’s open rain or shine.

 

Bellingham Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April through December (also noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays in Fairhaven, June through September)

Where: Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave, Bellingham

What makes it special: While Bellingham might be a bit of a drive from Seattle, it’s 100 percent worth it for the high-quality vendors, such as Backyard Bees and Ethiopian-born Mulunesh Belay. Make a day out of it by strolling around Bellingham and Fairhaven’s adorable downtowns.

 

Lake Forest Park Farmers Market

When: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May through October

Where: In front of the Professional Building at the intersection of Bothell Way and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park

 

What makes it special: Not only is this market Pickett Street’s home market in Bothell, it also offers a large selection of produce and plenty of meat and cheese vendors. Locals love the veggie quesadillas and other freshly cooked food.

For other food events, check out the Beacon Food Forest’s Permaculture Project on June 8th, rare brews at The Masonry this weekend, a farm-to-table supper at Bella Luna Farms on June 15th, or the Marysville Strawberry Festival June 8th to 15th.

And, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to Pickett Street’s team ((425) 502-5397 or info@pickettstreet.com) for help buying or selling a home this spring and summer.

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