It’s National Farmers Market Week! While we run Seattle’s oldest farmers market—and one of the longest continuously operating markets in the country—every day, this is a fun opportunity to celebrate our farmers. We love our farmers and are so appreciative of the hard work they do every day to bring you the best and freshest fruits, veggies, flowers, edibles and other farm-based products.
In celebration of this week, here are some fun stats about Pike Place Farmers Markets:
Did you know that this season, there are 82 produce and flower farmers who sell at Pike Place Market and at our remote Pike Place Farmers Markets around downtown Seattle? From dahlias and sunflowers to berries and beets, you can taste the season’s best right from our farmers’ tables.
Additionally, we have 14 farm-based food producers who harvest or make edibles including saffron, honey, nuts, jams and relishes, breads and pastries, and more. These producers can be found both in the arcade and outside on Pike Place, as well as at our remote Pike Place Farmers Markets.
We operate four Pike Place Farmers Markets around downtown Seattle. These remote markets are offered every summer, from the end of May to the end of October. Perfect for downtown residents or workers who can’t make it to Pike Place Market during the day, these markets are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (see details for locations here). This is the first full season at our Regrade Farmers Market and the 10th season at our City Hall Farmers Market!
Pike Place Market has a wonderful Farm Program Staff that do everything from helping farmers apply for grants, identifying opportunities for farmers to increase sales channels, making site visits to ensure the farmers grow what they sell, setting up our farmers markets during the summer, managing our Pike Box CSA program, and more. Our four full-time staff are assisted by wonderful seasonal staff, interns and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, who jump in to help in every way they can. You will often see members of our farm team around Pike Place Market, as well as at our remote markets at the info tents.
We hope that you will stop by our farmers markets this week. If you do, take a minute to introduce yourself to our many farmers, and thank them for the hard work they do to grow, harvest and sell some of the best seasonal goodies around town! When you visit, take a picture and tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the #pikeplace hashtag for a chance to be featured on our profile.