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Friday, April 23, 2010

Farmers Market Season Is Here!

Eat Fresh!  Farmers Markets 
Season is Starting! 

So many great choices. 
This Saturday is the beginning of the Spring season at University District Farmers Market.  It is the oldest and largest of the Farmers Market Alliance Markets.  The Neighborhood Farmers Markets Alliance sponsors seven markets within Seattle. Next Wednesday Colombia City also opens.  See the list below for openings of others in this group.

Why shop at the Farmers Markets? 
• It's fun!
• Supports local agriculture
• Great family entertainment
• Fresh Foods
• Supports Community

Featured Vendor -  
Apple Farms - Farmstead Cheeses - 
Ferndale, WA
(I represent them!)
We sell wonderful Farmstead Cheeses, including:
 Goudas, Cheddars, Fetas, Quark, Paneer and
Squeaky Cheese!
Come see us. We're at University Market 
Colombia City this Wednesday and Lake City starting in June.
Corner of 50th and University Way NE, in the University Heights lot

Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance philosophy -
Our seven Neighborhood Farmers Markets are local, "producer-only" markets.  This means we sell only Washington State farm produce and processed foods (no crafts, flea markets or wholesalers).  Farm produce includes fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, herbs, nuts, honey, dairy products, eggs, poultry, mushrooms, meats, fish, shellfish, cut flowers and nursery stock.  Processed foods include jams, preserves, wine, ciders, pickled vegetables, fresh pasta, artisan breads and other baked goods.  Everything on the market tables is grown or produced in Washington by the farmer or vendor who is selling. 

What's available at our Farmers Markets

Click here to see what's available at our markets this week! 

Want to get our Ripe and Ready report emailed to you each week?  Click here to join our Google Group.  (We do not use this list for any other purpose.)
The Pacific Northwest climate offers excellent growing conditions for an incredible variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Our local, small-scale, family farms cultivate many unusual, heirloom and unique varieties that cannot be found in regular grocery stores. 

Produce Calendar

For a general list of what's in season and available each month of the year, take a look at ourlettuce 12-month lists.

To see a list of farmers, vendors and products at each market, you can view each market's vendor list.

Are the Farmers Markets really more expensive?

While it is true that our markets offer many specialty items and unique products that might fall in to the category of splurges or special treats, the vast majority of the fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries are actually cheaper at the farmers markets, especially with organics. Click here to see why shopping at our farmers markets can save you money on your grocery bill, and get you the best quality to boot.
Broadway (Sundays, 11am - 3pm, May 9 through Dec 19, 2010)
10th Ave E and E Thomas, behind the Broadway B of A on Capitol Hill 
Columbia City (Wednesdays, 3pm - 7pm, April 28 through Oct 20, 2010)
4801 Rainier Ave S, at S Edmunds
Lake City (Thursdays, 3pm - 7pm, June 3 through Oct 7, 2010)
NE 125th and 28th NE, next to the Library off Lake City Way
Magnolia (Saturdays, 10am - 2pm, June 5 through Sept 25, 2010)
Next to the Magnolia Community Center at 2550 34th Ave W
Phinney (Fridays, 3pm - 7pm, May 28 through October 1, 2010)
67th and Phinney Ave N, in the lower lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center
University District (Saturdays, 9am - 2pm, Year-round)
Corner of 50th and University Way NE, in the University Heights lot
West Seattle (Sundays, 10am - 2pm, Year-round)
California Ave SW & SW Alaska, in the heart of the Junction

• Lake Forest Park Commons - May-Oct, Sundays, 11-4
• Pike Place Market - (Grand Daddy of them All)
• Ballard Farmers Market - Year Round, Sundays 9 - 2
• Queen Ann Farmers Market - Thursdays 3 - 7
• Wallingford Farmers Market - Wednesday 3 - 7
• Edmonds Farmers Market - July-Sept - Sat, 9-3
• Bellevue Farmers Market - May, Thurs, 3-7, Sat 10 - 2

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Janet!! Looks scrumptious! See you there!