(Actually, there are at least three "All-year Markets" now. UW, Ballard, and of course Pike Place)
It's an exciting time to see fresh produce and other local farm and locally made products popping up like beautiful mushrooms all over town.
|University Heights Farmers Market, Open All Year|
• Leeks, Green Onions • Flowers • Farmstead Cheeses • Potatoes • Meat • Fish • Soup • Jams and Jellies • Baked Goods • Plant Starts • And SO much more!
Colombia City - Wed, 3-7 -
West Seattle Farmers Market - Sunday, 10 - 2
Broadway Farmers Market - Sunday, 10 - 2 (New Location this year! Next to Seattle Central
Lake Forest Park/Third Place Commons Farmers Market - Sundays, 11-4
Directions - Here -
The markets are OPEN RAIN OR SHINE! Come see us and eat fresh, eat local!
Colombia City Opening Day!
We were there!
So many choices about in the Seattle Area for Farmers Market shopping. As of last summer, Seattle hosted 19 Farmers Markets. But can there be too much of a good thing? An article in last Aug PI asked that question.
Does Seattle have too many farmers markets?
Updated 10:00 p.m., Sunday, August 22, 2010
"............... The recent explosion in farmers markets - including new ones in Belltown and Georgetown this year, and in downtown and South Lake Union last year - have prompted many to ask: In culinary-conscious, urban-ag-loving Seattle, is it possible to have too many farmers markets?
"They have reached and exceeded saturation," said Wade Bennett, who runs Rockridge Orchards in Enumclaw with his wife, Judy.
"Every little enclave in Seattle - they all want a farmers market. How can you tell them no -- that you can't have fresh food in your neighborhood?" he said.
"But it's becoming a burden. What has happened for most farmers is we're killing ourselves and we're actually making less money."
Bennett sells his farm's famous cider and Asian pears in nine local farmers markets. But he predicts he'll drop to five or six next year.
'It didn't work for Starbucks either'
Once a novel way of connecting consumers with growers, farmers markets have become a hot commodity for reasons beyond the eating-local movement. There's a social justice piece, in which access to fresh, healthy food is important for underserved neighborhoods.
And there's a neighborhood improvement angle, in which communities want a farmers markets to help draw shoppers and spruce up a business district.
"I suppose Starbucks put a store on every corner," said Chris Curtis, the longtime director of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, which operates seven markets in Seattle.
"But it didn't work for Starbucks either," she said. Curtis noted the coffee company closed hundreds of stores that were cannibalizing profits from each other, after an aggressive expansion.
She said her phone rings constantly from neighborhoods wanting a market, but after hearing from farmers struggling with revenue, she's been holding off. The last market she launched, in Phinney Ridge, was in 2007.
Curtis understands the benefit of a neighborhood market for residents, but thinks it's a bad idea to open one in an area that lacks the density or interest to sustain it.
"The only reason we would open one is if it truly would be good for the farmers," she said, adding that sales dropped last year with the recession and have been holding steady since.
"We wouldn't rush into a neighborhood if it would only (benefit) the chamber of commerce."
There are now 19 farmers markets in Seattle. There are markets in Phinney, Wallingford, Ballard and the U-District all vying for shoppers in North Seattle.