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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.