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Welcome home! This spring 40 low-income seniors are moving into the new MarketFront housing. For many of them, who were homeless before the move, this is a dream come true. We spent time with two of the new residents, Marilynn and Susan, to hear their stories.

It is exciting to see our community growing and we couldn’t have done it without YOU! Our donors help us fund and advocate for the community of supportive services that are located within the Market, services that all of our neighbors who work, live and learn here in the Market rely upon. Many of the new senior residents received help applying for MarketFront housing from the Pike Market Senior Center. Once they are settled in they will utilize the Food Bank and the Market’s Fresh Bucks program to access healthy produce. And when they are feeling under the weather Neighborcare Health is just a short walk from their building. You make this rich tapestry of support possible - thank you.

Many of the new residents are still in the process of settling into their new apartments. Join us in welcoming them home with a “Welcome Home Gift” by clicking here.

The new MarketFront housing is make possible in part by The City of SeattleUS BankKing CountyPike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, and the Pike Place Market Foundation.

For Seattle residents, Pike Place Market has long been a favorite place to shop for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Many generations of Jewish families have shopped for traditional foods served during Passover from the Market's highstalls (market-speak for produce vendors), fish and meat markets, and specialty foods stores. 

At various stages during the telling of the Passover story at the seder (the festive holiday meal celebrated on the first night of the holiday), symbolic foods are introduced and eaten. 

Pro Market shopper Linda Elman gave us the scoop on where to shop for Passover: she buys horseradish, parsley, apples, and other vegetables and fruits for dinner at Sosio's Produce; salmon bones and gefilte fish makings at Pure Food Fish; and nuts for charoset (a paste made of apples, nuts and wine) at various nut sellers in the Market.

We asked Harry Salvo of Pure Food Fish to tell us more about gefilte fish. He described it as a combination of fish (carp, pike, and black cod are commonlyused) that is chopped or ground, then mixed with onions, carrots, celery and parsley to make fish meal. The mixture is held together with matzah meal and eggs, then shaped into balls and boiled in a broth. They're served warm or cold with horseradish. Gefilte means "stuffed" in German, and some Passover seder recipes call for the chopped fish to be stuffed into fish skin.

Other seder vegetables consumed during the Passover story include onions, potatoes, and bitter herbs such as endive, freshly ground horseradish root, and stems of Romaine lettuce.

Eggs are central to the seder. You'll find a great assortment of eggs to boil, from little quail eggs to chicken, goose, duck and turkey eggs, at Pike Place Market Creamery. Meats like brisket and chicken can be purchased at Don & Joe's Meats.

PRO TIP: Bring a bottle of kosher wine from DeLaurenti or Pike & Western Wine Shop as a thoughtful gift for the host.

If 10,000 daffodils could be the equivalent of at least 10,000 smiles, then the Pike Place Market’s annual Daffodil Day would be a great example of a generator for positivity for downtown Seattle residents and visitors.

This year Daffodil Day will be celebrating its 20th anniversary while gracefully honoring the first day of spring. Community members and volunteers will be handing out 10,000 locally grown daffodils to residents, workers and visitors at 15 downtown Seattle locations on Monday, March 20 from 11:45 am -1 pm. 

Of course Daffodil Day would not be what it is without the support from the dedicated farmers who take the time to plant, grow and harvest each cheerful flower. This year we would like to thank the following farmers:

  • Chai and Chee Cha from Shong Chao’s Farm in Carnation 

  • Kiseng Cha from Hmong Highland Garden in Monroe

  • John and Lita Mendez from John and Lita’s Farm in Pacific 

  • Teng and Lavou Jasengnou from Woodinville Valley Farm in Carnation 

 

Event Details

What: The 20th Annual Daffodil Day 

When: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:45 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m.  

Locations for this year’s celebration include: 

1st and University Street 
1st and Lenora Street 
2nd and Pike Street 
2nd and Union Street 
3rd and Union Street 
4th and Pine Street 
4th and Pike Street 
4th and Virginia Street
4th and University Street
4th and Cherry Street
5th and Olive Street
5th and Pine Street
6th and Pike Street
6th and Pine Street
Waterfront at Union Street

Join in the fun and post your Daffodil Day pictures to our Facebook page!

From imported wheels of cheese almost as big as your head to chocolate creatively paired with whiskey, Pike Place Market is a fun destination to find inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day and possibly a pinch of good luck (or pinch of spice for that perfectly seasoned corned beef).

Here are some of our ideas to celebrate:

Corned Beef

A visit to Don & Joe’s Meats is a must for those on the search for quality corned beef and a knowledgeable butcher. Interested in preparing corned beef from scratch? Opt for a prime cut of beef brisket and incorporate it with a few healthy pinches of aromatic seasonings such as peppercorns, all spice, coriander and mustard seeds from MarketSpice. Since the brisket takes several days to cure, give yourself plenty of time with preparation. Laslty, don’t forget corned beef’s BFF, cabbage!

Cheese

Here’s a spot with a great selection of imported and domestic cheeses, including everything for your St. Paddy’s Day themed hors d’oeurves platter: Quality Cheese. We recommend Kerrygold’s famous Dubliner cheese or aged cheddar with Irish whiskey. If you like to enjoy your cheese with crackers, they also carry an assortment of crunchy goodness including flavors such as Irish rye & linseed and Irish mixed-seed.

Butter

Stop by The Pike Place Market Creamery and grab a stick or two of natural Irish butter made from grass-fed cow’s milk. This all-purpose ingredient can add just the right amount of comfort and decadence to almost any meal.  While you’re exploring a land of ubiquitous lactose and eggs, check out the great selection of non-dairy items as well.

Tea, Treats and Whiskey  

Treat yourself to a nice cup O’ Irish breakfast tea accompanied with a buttery shamrock shortbread cookie at Perennial Tea Room located in Upper Post Alley. For you chocolate lovers, try a bar infused with a distinct and smooth hint of Irish whiskey.

Food, Fun and Music!

If you’d rather have a professional take the lead in the kitchen, try out a St. Patrick's Day Cooking Class at the Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen. Chef Joe will be serving up an Irish-inspired 4-course meal including “Corned Beef Coddle & Colcannon with Irish Whiskey and Irish Bread pudding with Jameson Caramel Sauce” on this spirited day. Purchase your tickets here before spots fill up!

Lastly, to celebrate St. Paddy’s in song and spirit, head down to Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub in Post Alley and share an amusing story with a stranger or friend over a pint. Don’t forget to wear green!


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If Jesse Link's work looks familiar, that's because you've likely encountered some of his handpainted creatures around Seattle. His seafaring great blue herons adorn the side of the West Seattle Lofts. His larger-than-life black bear paddles past customers at The Shack coffee shop. At the base of the Pike Street Hill Climb, his 8-foot sperm whale guides pedestrians between the Market and Aquarium. Now, visitors to Pike Place will delight in discovering the artist's marvelous menagerie in its new home, Jesse Link's studio and gallery in Pike Place Market.

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As Pike Place MarketFront construction nears completion, it’s your last chance to join the thousands of Pike Up! supporters in writing your name or personal message on Market Charms or a Bronze Hoofprint before Grand Opening.

March 1, 2017 is the final day to donate to guarantee installation by the Grand Opening celebration on June 29, 2017. Plus, all gifts will be doubled thanks to a generous $100,000 match from the Schultz Family Foundation.

Don’t delay – Pike Up! today. Visit PikeUp.org to design your personalized Market Charms or Bronze Hoofprint online.