If there is one thing I love about the Pacific Northwest, it’s our abundance of Farmers Markets. Farmers Markets have always been a symbol of community, creativity, and gratitude. I am particularly grateful for the bountiful variety of natural foods available to us, while also admiring the unique local minds who bring us inspiration through their arts and crafts.
Farmers Markets have been around since the 1700’s. They were born as a direct opportunity for farmers and consumers to thrive on what farmers worked to produce. Who doesn’t love the ideas of fresh produce from farm to table and knowing that your money is supporting local farmers and artists who are always willing to share their story? Seattle’s original farmers market, “Pike Place Market”, hosts more than 80 Washington farmers who bring you seasonal freshness all year long. However, it takes Seattle-ites, foodies, and organizations such as the Washington State Farmers Market Association and the Pike Place Market Foundation to help keep our markets flourishing.
Tourist and local residents can often expect to see such items as produce, cheese, meats, and baked goods while wandering through a market. However, it’s the discovery of enticing wonders that makes no two markets alike. For instance, I know I’m walking through the Redmond Saturday Market, when the smell of kettle corn wafts around, or while I stand in line for the tamales I have craved since my last visit. Furthermore, no trip to Pike Place would be complete without a latte from Le Panier or a Salmon Piroshky. Both of these tasty treats, and so many more, are worth the wait in line to purchase and enjoy while strolling through the other alluring stands.
If you’re one to avoid Pike Place Market during the summer crowds but don’t want to miss out on the delectable offerings, then their Express Markets may be your opportunity. These Express Markets run from June to October with three locations around town including City Hall Plaza, South Lake Union, and Occidental Park in Pioneer Square.
Farmers Markets may not be the answer to everyone’s pantry needs, but the true character of a market is not always about the food. Whether you’re traveling around the Pacific Northwest or around the world, find culture and cuisine through your local Farmers Markets.
To find a Farmers Market near you, visit the Local Harvest Directory.