Pike Place Market, season farmers markets, Puget Sound Fresh 2016 Farm Guide, Bicycle Sunday.
Seattle boasts one of the nation’s oldest farmers markets, Pike Place Market, full of shops, eateries and local flavor beloved by generations of locals and hordes of tourists. Founded for shoppers to buy local produce directly from farmers in 1907, fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers are still a Market mainstay year around.
In recent years, farmers markets have become a popular fixture in urban neighborhoods, suburbs and small towns, a few year-around but most seasonally, opening between April and June. This week, farmers markets open in Carnation on Tuesday, May 3; Seattle’s Columbia City on Wednesday, May 4; Burien, Snohomish and Duvall on Thursday, May 5; and Edmonds and Federal Way on May 7.
At this time of year, expect to find produce including asparagus, beets, greens, herbs, onions and mushrooms; fresh flowers; farm products such as cheese, meat, seafood, eggs, nuts and honey; baked goods; beverages, and locally sourced prepared food. Many farmers markets include music, a kids activity table, and chef demos and other special events, with a few adding locally produced arts and crafts.
Pike Place Market: daily, First Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle (206-682-7453 or pikeplacemarket.org)
Carnation Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays starting May 3, Stossel Avenue Northeast and West Bird Street, Carnation (carnationfarmersmarket.org)
Columbia City Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays starting May 4, 37th Avenue South and South Edmunds Street, Seattle (seattlefarmersmarkets.org)
Burien Farmers Market: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays starting May 5, Burien Town Square Park, 152nd Street Southwest and Fifth Avenue Southwest, Burien (discoverburien.org)
Snohomish Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays starting May 5, Cedar Avenue and Pearl Street, Snohomish (snohomishfarmersmarket.org)
Duvall Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays starting May 5, Brown Avenue and Northeast Richardson Street, Duvall (duvallfarmersmarket.org)
Edmonds Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 7-June 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18-Oct. 1, Fifth Street and Main Street, Edmonds (historicedmonds.org)
Federal Way Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays starting May 7, The Commons, 320th Street, Federal Way (federalwayfarmersmarket.com)
Puget Sound Fresh: pugetsoundfresh.org
Bicycle Sundays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 1, 15, 29; June 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17; Aug. 14, 28; Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Lake Washington Boulevard from Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park, Seattle (seattle.gov/parks/bicyclesunday)
Puget Sound Fresh, founded in 1998 to help local farmers market their products and consumers find seasonal local foods, is now part of Seattle Tilth, providing information on farms and farmers markets throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond, on visits to your nearest market or on outings to Whidbey Island, Kitsap County or the San Juan Islands.
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Their 2016 Farm Guide is available online and in print at farmers markets, libraries, parks, rec centers, health-care centers, military communities, senior centers and some retail stores. The website has a free app to download with farms, farmers markets, recipes and farm events from spring asparagus season to fall pumpkin harvest.
Another popular sign of spring opens this weekend: Bicycle Sunday. A scenic stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard is set aside for biking and walking, closed for the day to motorized vehicles, Sunday, May 1, and on select Sundays through September.