Wondering where to find the best local produce for dinner tonight? You might not have to look too far beyond your own backyard. Two seasonal satellite farmers markets launch this week in Seattle, bringing the total number of city markets to fourteen.
Beginning in June, select vendors from the world famous Pike Place Market will be selling local produce and fresh flowers at two additional markets across the city. The new Pike Place Express at City Hall Plaza will operate Tuesdays on Fourth Avenue between James and Cherry streets. In South Lake Union, the Cascade Farmer’s Market will operate on Thursdays at Pontius Avenue North between Thomas and Harrison streets.
In 2008, more than 500,000 people attended neighborhood farmers markets in Seattle, generating more than $10 million in sales for local farmers and businesses. The City of Seattle and the Office of Economic Development provide reduced fees and streamlined permits to markets, making it easier and more affordable to locate farmers markets on public land. These markets spur economic growth by supporting local farmers and vendors and driving traffic to neighborhood businesses.
For a complete listing of Seattle farmers markets and other markets across Washington state, visit the Washington State Farmers Market Association’s member directory.