Fun At The Farmers Markets

Looking for fresh flowers, farm produce, and festivities? Farmers Markets throughout the region are harvesting fun for all ages. It’s easier than ever to enjoy the sunshine and reap the benefits of local farms and small businesses. With all of the variety, there really is something for everyone. Here’s nine to check out!

The Bellevue Farmers Market is a prime example of how markets can connect small farms directly to consumers. Open 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, the market is located in the parking lot of Bellevue Presbyterian Church. It hosts a variety of delectable baked goods, fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and other artisan items all from the state. There’s also live entertainment and places to enjoy ice cream and pizza.

The Issaquah Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. It houses vendors with items from their small farms and local businesses. Entertainment and live music for all ages and children’s activities definitely add to the friendly, fun atmosphere. Its location, Pickering Barn, provides a fitting backdrop.

The Redmond Saturday Market operates from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. It has more than 70 vendors each week. Goods of all kinds are exciting to explore and it’s easy to find new things to try. A lineup of events and activities, like zucchini races and pet parades, should keep the family fun lasting throughout the summer.

The North Bend Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and located in Si View Park. This market is charming, with lots of options for goods to purchase. You can meet farmers, taste produce, and buy all kinds of artisan items for the home – including some lovely soy candles. There are also many activities like evening concerts in the park.

Open Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays, the Renton Farmers Market is located in Piazza Park in downtown Renton. This year is the market’s 15-year anniversary, and a food truck is the latest addition.

The Woodinville Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays in DeYoung Park. This charming market has lots of arts and crafts in addition to the farm fresh products, like yummy local honey.

Open from 2-7 p.m., the Kirkland Wednesday Market in Marina Park is a great weekday option. A delectable variety of produce is just the start – this market works with several inspiring events throughout the summer, including the five-course meal Kirkland Farm-to-Table Event.

New to Kirkland is Little Brother’s Farmers Market, which opened in May. The market is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays in downtown Kirkland, 450 Central Way. The market is the brainchild of DERU Market and Little Brother chef-owners Jamie Casady and Jordan Cooper. It puts an emphasis on farmer focused produce and goods.

The Everett Farmers Market has two locations – operating Fridays at the Everett Mall and Sundays the Port of Everett. Waterfront views are definitely a draw for the Sunday market, and both have lovely options for shopping local.

The Sammamish Farmers Market every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at City Hall Plaza, has a good list of farmers that sell fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and honey.  But it’s their prepared food vendors that might tempt your taste buds. The Grilled Cheese Experience rolls into Sammamish along with Buns on Wheels, Pompeii Wood Fired Pizza, and Panda Dim Sum. Top it all off with a colorful authentic Hawaiian shaved ice and you’ll refreshed for the week. The Sammamish Farmers Market runs until Sept. 21.

 

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