U-District and West Seattle Farmers Markets Launch Incentive Passport Program and Stock New Spring Produce

The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance has launched a new incentive program at Seattle’s year-round farmers markets in the University District and West Seattle.

Collect at least 6 passport stamps by April 7th, 2013 to be entered into a drawing for gift certificates from Elliott Bay Brewery, Seattle Farmers Markets, Chaco Canyon, and more. Passports and passport stamps can be collected from the information booth at either market or at participating local businesses, including Elliott Bay Brewery, Husky Deli, Bakery Nouveau, and Chaco Canyon Cafe in both West Seattle and University District.

Odds of winning are great, thanks to the generosity of Seattle local business partners!

Featured at the West Seattle Farmers Market: Cascade Pies 

Apple, raspberry, blackberry, lemon poppyseed blueberry, blackberry lemon, cherry mocha, salted caramel apple.

Vegan options:  Pecan pie, peaches and crème, sweet potato. Savory: Veggie pot pie, coconut potato curry.

Featured at the U-District Farmers Market: Streetzeria wood-fired pizzas

Information from the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance website at http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/. Follow link for more details on passport program and new produce available.

About The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance: The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to supporting and strengthening Washington’s small family farm businesses by creating and operating vibrant, successful neighborhood farmers markets. The NFMA organizes seven food and farm-focused farmers markets in Seattle: University District, West Seattle, Broadway, Columbia City, Phinney, Lake City and Magnolia. NFMA is a member of the Washington State Farmers Market Association and national Farmers Market Coalition and has been a leader in ensuring equal access to local, healthy food by promoting EBT at its markets since 1995.  Learn more at: http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org, visit us on Facebook andTwitter.

The Seattle Farmers Market Association (SFMA) also offers markets in Ballard, Madrona, and Wallingford. With a variety of local produce and foods, the SFMA markets mission is to support and strengthen Washington’s small farms and farming families, as well as the communities they serve.

The Not Yet Foundation shares the NFMA’s passion for preserving our local farmland as well as building healthy communities and has a special interest in supporting senior services.

Local Farmers Markets Offer Seasonal Goods, Wreath Making, and ‘Fresh Bucks’

As November draws to an end, Seattleites can count on local farmers markets to provide a variety of unique seasonal products, and even some special events and promotions. This weekend, University District Farmers Market (UDFM) is open Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (open year-round), West Seattle Farmers Market (WSFM) is open Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (also year-round), and  Broadway Farmers Market (BFM) is open Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (through December 23). The Columbia CityPhinneyMagnolia and Lake City farmers markets are all closed for the season. The Seattle Farmers Market Association (SFMA) also offers markets in Ballard, Madrona, and Wallingford. The Ballard Farmers Market is open year-round on Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Madrona and Wallingford farmers markets are both closed for the season.

Upcoming events and promotions include:

  • December 8: Wreath Making at U District Farmers Market from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    • Each year, the Seattle Parks Dept. donates piles of evergreen branches and clippings from the Cedar River Watershed for a wreath-making event.  The event is free and open to the public! Wire, tools, boughs, ribbons, and ornaments are all provided. University District businesses are supplying the decorations and free hot cider will be provided!
  • Fresh Bucks Bonus Program- extended through December 31, 2012
    • The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, the Not Yet Foundation, and the West Seattle Senior Center have come together to strengthen seniors’ access to local and healthy food, and to encourage seniors to participate in the weekly community building at their year- round neighborhood farmers markets.
    • Senior Fresh Bucks are being distributed directly to low income seniors through the West Seattle Senior Center’s programs, including their food bank and nutrition programs, in $20 increments during November and December. Seniors aged 60 and older who currently receive EBT/SNAP (food stamps) benefits, or who meet the criteria of low income as determined by the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (185% of federal poverty level), can claim their Senior Fresh Bucks once per month at the West Seattle Senior Center and redeem them at the West Seattle, Broadway or University District Farmers Markets.

Some of the seasonal products include:

  • Gingerbread from Tall Grass Bakery (UDFM)
  • Spiced quince cranberry ginger beer by Rachel’s Ginger Beer  (UDFM and BFM)
  • Holiday ham from Skagit River Ranch and Olsen Farms (all FMs)
  • Holiday stolen from Preston Hill Bakery (UDFM)
  • Seasonal truffles from Trevani Truffles (UDFM)
  • In season in December:
    • Holiday wreathes, apples, pears, plums, pluots, lettuces, greens, fresh herbs, Brussels Sprouts, Jerusalem artichokes, beets, broccoli, Romanesco Broccoli, beans (dried: Cannolini, Black Turtle, Peas), Carrots, Garlic:  Elephant and Spanish Roja, kohlrabi, shallots, scallion, Turnips, Rutabagas,  Parsnips,  Cabbage,   Cauliflower, Fava Beans, Winter Squash (Kobocha, Golden Nugget, Carnival, Acorn, Kuri), Pumpkin Squash (Fairy Tale, Sugar Pie, French Rouge), potatoes, Chantrelles.  Also available: pickles, preserves, jams, fruit syrups, chutneys, chocolates, pastries, breads, pork, cheeses, beef, poultry, goat, eggs, salmon, shellfish, fresh pasta, dried fruits and vegetables, ciders and hard ciders.

 

About The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance: The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to supporting and strengthening Washington’s small family farm businesses by creating and operating vibrant, successful neighborhood farmers markets. The NFMA organizes seven food and farm-focused farmers markets in Seattle: University District, West Seattle, Broadway, Columbia City, Phinney, Lake City and Magnolia. NFMA is a member of the Washington State Farmers Market Association and national Farmers Market Coalition and has been a leader in ensuring equal access to local, healthy food by promoting EBT at its markets since 1995.  Learn more at: http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Seattle Farmers Market Association (SFMA) also offers markets in Ballard, Madrona, and Wallingford. With a variety of local produce and foods, the SFMA markets mission is to support and strengthen Washington’s small farms and farming families, as well as the communities they serve.

The Not Yet Foundation shares the NFMA’s passion for preserving our local farmland as well as building healthy communities and has a special interest in supporting senior services.

The West Seattle Senior Center is located at 4217 SW Oregon St., and will be distributing Senior Fresh Bucks, while supplies last, from 1pm-5pm, Monday-Friday.

 

Spend the weekend at your local farmers market

This weekend if you’re looking for that fruit you have been waiting for all season, it might be best to take a look at your local farmer’s market before making the trip to your neighborhood grocery store.

Raspberries, apriums (a mix of apricots and plums), and apricots are just some of the fruits that can be found at the various markets around the city. Apriums however, are only available at the University District Farmers Market, West Seattle Farmers Market, Broadway Farmers Market, and Columbia City Farmers Market. A variety of Williamette, Black Cap raspberries are also available only at the University District Farmers Market.

The Neighborhood Farmers Market Association (NFMA) offers markets in the U-District, West Seattle, Broadway, Columbia City, Phinney, Lake City, and Magnolia.  With many great food choices, all of the NFMA farmers markets are sure to offer that one item to make your meal stand out from the rest.

The Seattle Farmers Market Association (SFMA) also offers markets in Ballard, Interbay, Madrona, and Wallingford. With a variety of local produce and foods, the SFMA markets mission is to support and strengthen Washington’s small farms and farming families, as well as the communities they serve.

Spring is here! ‘Tis the season for Seattle’s farmers markets

Farmers markets in our neighborhood business districts provide access to fresh fruit and produce, as well as serve as community gathering places. Markets increase the foot traffic in a business district, which often results in increased sales for local retailers and restaurants. OED supports our local farmers markets as part of our neighborhood business district work.

The 2011 season schedule for local farmers markets is as follows:

Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance
Broadway – Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Open now! 
Columbia City – Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Open now!
Lake City ­– Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Opens June 2
Magnolia – Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Opens June 18
Phinney – Fridays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Opens June 3
University District – Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Year round!
West Seattle – Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Year round!

Seattle Markets Association:
Ballard – Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Year round!
Georgetown – Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Opens May 21
Interbay – Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Opens June 9
Madrona – Fridays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Opens May 20
Wallingford (Meridian Park) – Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Opens June 1

Pike Place Markets:
Pike Place Market Express (City Hall) – Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Opens June 22
Pike Place on the Cobblestones — Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Opens June 24

Meadowbrook – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Opens June 6
Queen Anne – Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Opens June 2   

Two Neighborhoods highlights:
The Broadway Farmers Market on Capitol Hill opened on Mother’s Day, May 8, at its new location on the campus of Seattle Central College.  The hours of operation will be from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sundays only.  This season the market has more vendors, new farmers, all your favorite farmers from past seasons, new artisan cheeses and yummy street foods to-go.

The Wallingford Farmers market will open at its new location at Meridian Playfield at the Good Shepherd Center on June 1.  The hours of operation will be from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays only.  

For more information please visit these websites:
Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance
Seattle Markets Association
Pike Place Markets
Meadowbrook
Queen Anne