Farmers markets are opening


Neighborhood Farmers Markets are starting to open. Here’s a roundup of markets: 

• Columbia City market operates Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m.

• The Magnolia Farmers Market operates Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 12

• Phinney Farmers Market operates Fridays from 3-7 p.m. June 7 through Sept. 27. 

• Lake City Farmers Market operates Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. June 13 – Oct. 3.

• The Capitol Hill market operates Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. June 4 – Sept. 24. 

In addition, there are three year-round markets:

• University District Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• West Seattle Farmers Market is every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

• The Capitol Hill Farmers Market is every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Here are some tips for shopping the farmers markets:

Bring Your Own Bags

Most farmers markets encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags. Not only is this eco-friendly, but it also makes it easier for you to carry your purchases. Or you can purchase one of the Neighborhood Farmers Markets reusable totes.

Explore the Whole Market

Take your time to walk around and see what each vendor has to offer. You might find unique items by exploring all the stalls.

Ask Questions

Don’t hesitate to ask vendors about their products. They’re usually happy to share information about how to store or how to best prepare their produce. You can also stop by the managers booth to ask questions about the market or any of the food access programs like SNAP.

Plan Your Meals

Have a rough idea of what meals you want to prepare for the week so you can shop accordingly.

Be Open-Minded

Farmers markets often have seasonal produce or specialty items you might not find in grocery stores. Be open to trying new fruits or vegetables and other items.