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6 Best Holiday Gifts for Her

Posted November 26, 2018

We just made shopping for that special lady in your life easy! There are hundreds of shops and vendors at Pike Place Market for you to browse and choose the perfect gift, but we understand time is money.

Below are six gifts featured in our Holiday Gift Guide that will keep her warm and relaxed all winter. 


SLUGS Fleece Rain Boot Liners

Just because the weather is frightful doesn't mean her's toes need to be cold. The SLUGS fleece rain boot liners from WithTheRain fit all different kinds of boots and come in a variety of colors and styles.

WithTheRain also makes SLUGS fleece boot liners in men's and kids' sizes. Find WithTheRain most days in the Pike Place Crafts Market. 


Stemless Wine Glasses

These hand-blown stemless wine glasses from KOBO Art Garden are a fun and colorful way to ring in the new year. Each glass is made in Seattle by artists Joshua Swanson and Motoko Hayashi. The glass votives can also be used as a candle holder or just decoration. 

KOBO Art Garden also makes hand blown glass bowls, vases, and one-of-a-kind art. Find KOBO Art Garden in the Pike Place Crafts Market.


Lavender Soy Candle

Surround her with the calming scent of lavender. You know she'll need it after the holidays. The lavender soy candle from All Things Lavender is made from 100% natural soy wax, cotton lead-free wicks, and a blend of essential oils and fragrance.

All Things Lavender also sells shea cream and hand sanitizer. Find All Things Lavender in the Leland Building near Rachel the Pig. 


Droplet Earrings

These droplet earrings from Twyla Dill Design are easy to wear while making a statement. The simple design and form can be paired with everything from jeans and a T-shirt to a night out on the town. The metal is hand formed and finished with a delicate edge of cotton lace crochet. They are available in 14k gold-plated, sterling silver, and nickel-free brass.

Twyla Dill Design also sells bracelets and necklaces. Find Twyla Dill Design in the Pike Place Crafts Market. 


Essential Infinity Scarf

Infinity Scarf

Whether she is on the slopes or walking the pup, she'll needs this infinity scarf from Ravel & Unravel during our long winters. The infinity scarf is made from two layers of soft Nebraska wool knit into an extra long circle scarf with a stylish seam. Wrap around twice to really bundle up or simply wear long!

Ravel & Unravel also sells jackets, beanies, and bandanas. Find Ravel & Unravel in the Pike Place Crafts Market.


Detox and Calm Bath Salts

Detox and Calm Soaking Bath Salts

The Carrot Flower Company is offering two different bath salts that will surely relax your loved ones in the new year.

A blend of Pacific Sea Salts and Blue Clay, scented with eucalyptus and lavender will cleanse, detoxify, refresh and renew while Himalayan Pink Salts and scented with ylang-ylang and vanilla will help to calm her body and senses.

The Carrot Flower Company also creates one-of-a-kind seasonal flower arrangements for every occasion. Find The Carrot Flower Company on Western Avenue.

Animals are returning to Pike Place Market this year for the 23rd Annual Magic in the Market on Saturday, November 24. 

You can meet Jingle Belle and Willow from Santa's Reindeer Company from 1 - 3 p.m. along Pike Place, just north of the holiday tree.

Jingle Belle was born at 3:45 a.m. on June 14 in Leavenworth, Washington. 

Her half-sister Willow was born several hours later at 10:23 a.m.

Jingle Belle and Willow have different mothers but the same father named, Sven. 

Below are some photos of Jingle Belle and Willow courtesy of Santa's Reindeer Company:

Yes, you read that right. We teamed up with Bigfoot and his favorite gift shops during Pike Place Market's 23rd Annual Magic in the Market celebration kicking off the holiday season.

While Santa is entertaining the little ones on the cobblestones, the young at heart can venture down to the levels we call the DownUnder.

If you find Sasquatch he'll give you a little treasure from his world to brighten up your tree (while supplies last).

Also, grab your gift lists! The stores in the DownUnder are perfect for White Elephant gifts or for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life.

Find rare vinyl records, retro patches, used books, sarcastic T-shirts and collectibles. Also while you are down there get a palm reading to see what the new year will bring.

RSVP today!

Cafe Campagne's Seasonal Specials

Posted August 24, 2018

We're well into tomato season and Cafe Campagne is taking full advantage! Executive chef and owner of Cafe Campagne, Daisley Gordon, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at some menu items featuring the versatile fruit.

(Tomato Soup)

(Tomato Quiche with salad)

(Tomato salad with gazpacho)

According to Chef Gordon, he tries to use seasonal fruits/vegetables as much as he can in as many dishes as possible. The discipline and creativity that go into menu items with seasonal ingredients guarantee a unique dining experience that keeps guests coming back for more. You can often find Chef Gordon in the kitchen creating new and innovating dishes, so the next time you're at Cafe Campagne don't forget to thank the chef!

Fun Facts:

  • Chef Gordon has been at Cafe Campagne since 1995.
  • There are two staff members that have been at Cafe Campagne since it's opening in 1994.
  • Chef Gordon carries on the Pike Place Market tradition of "Meet the Producer" by being an active chef in the restaurant he owns. 


On August 17, 1907, a handful of farmers made their way down to a new market they heard of called "Pike Place Market". Born out of the frustration of farmers and consumers who suffered from inflated prices and unfair wages at the hands of commission houses, Pike Place Market would bring the two together without the need for a middleman. Enjoy the photos below as we progress from through they years!


The first farmer to arrive at Pike Place Market's opening day on August 17, 1907, was H.O. Blanchard. Traveling by horse and wagon, imagine how long it took him to travel from Renton to Seattle! This photo is one of the first taken of the Market - note the waterfront from the west side of Pike Place (if you look close enough, you can see the masts of the ships at the dock!).


During the 1930s, more than half of the Market's 600 farmers were Japanese. Their hand-painted paper bags showing prices and descriptions, depicted in the Sumi-e style of Japanese calligraphy, brought a touch of art to the Market. With America's entry into WWII, and the resulting incarceration of Japanese-Americans, the absence of these farmers deeply affected the Market’s business community and shopping opportunities. 


While awaiting reconstruction and renovation, thanks to the 1971 public vote to save the Market from demolition, the Market community remained a vibrant crossroads of cultures. Here you see busker Artis the Spoonman and a none-too-pleased shopper during the Market's spring street festival!


In 2001, over 200 artist-decorated versions of Rachel the Piggybank and Billie the Piggybank were displayed throughout downtown Seattle and in surrounding neighborhoods. It was a true community arts event, with the talents of many local artists and art groups participating in this fundraiser for the Pike Place Market Foundation.


Open since summer 2017, the MarketFront is a campus constructed on the site of the former Municipal Market building that burned in 1974. A brewery, biscuit bakery, chocolate maker, parking garage, senior housing, artist live/work spaces and a community resource center all call the MarketFront home. This summer the lower plaza hosts free concerts at 4 p.m. Wednesdays, continuing through August 29. 

Meet Our Fabulous Farm Program Team

Posted August 9, 2018

As we wrap up National Farmers Market Week, we wanted to spotlight our amazing Farm Program team, who work tirelessly every day to ensure that our farm program and farmers markets run smoothly day after day, and season after season. From supporting farmers on their fields (including the occasional work party) assisting with finding grant dollars, to setting up tents and packing Pike Box CSAs every week—and everything in between—our Farm Team is one of the best around!

We asked each of them to give you their best farmers market tips, as well as their pick for fresh produce this week, to help you experience and enjoy our markets even more:

Zack Cook, Farm Program Manager 

Favorite farmers market find this season: Pluots (a hybrid of plum and apricot)

Tip: “If you’re really particular about the type of produce you’re eating, talk to the farmers about their growing practices; just because something is organic doesn’t mean that it’s pesticide-free, and some produce might not be certified organic but it is not sprayed with any pesticides.”

Sidra Schkerke, Farm Program Coordinator

Favorite farmers market find this season: Lemon cucumbers

Tip: “Shopping at farmers markets gives you the opportunity to try produce that you can’t always find in a grocery store, whether it’s a specialty item or something available only for a super short season.”

Leigh Newman-Bell, Farm Development Coordinator

Favorite farmers market find this season: Easter egg radishes

Tip: “Indulge in seasonal standbys, whether it’s juicy peaches or fresh asparagus and then scout out something new from the market. I tried pink oyster mushrooms for the very first time and they are absolutely delicious!”

Carter Grant, Farm Program Assistant

Favorite farmers market find this season: “Fruit salad … yesterday, I ate four lemon cucumbers, four nectarines and two containers of berries!”

Tip: “Shopping at farmers markets is much more engaging than shopping at a grocery store.”

Jake Conklin, Farm Program Assistant

Favorite farmers market find this season: Cantaloupe

Tip: “Support local farmers; it’s helps our local economy instead of the bigger industries.”

Nora Landri, Farm Program Assistant

Favorite farmers market find this season: White nectarines

Tip: “Ride your bike to the farmers market and get a $2 Pike Buck biker benefit to use at our markets.”

Jeanne Currie, AmeriCorps VISTA

Favorite farmers market find this season: Lemon cucumbers

Tip: “Talk to the farmers to learn what they’re excited about and what is freshest on their table that day.”


Erica McCalla, Fresh Bucks Outreach Intern

Favorite farmers market find this season: Garlic

Tip: “Salt any vegetables that are water-heavy (eggplant, zucchini, potato, etc.,), let it sit for 30 minutes and squeeze the water out with cheesecloth; it makes baking or frying the vegetables much quicker.”


Lexie Holden, Sustainability Intern

Favorite farmers market find this season: Triple crown blackberries

Tip: “Bring your own storage containers, whether that’s mason jars or reusable bags; that way, farmers can keep their packaging materials and use them again.”

Next time you visit Pike Place Market or one of our four remote Pike Place Farmers Markets around downtown Seattle, we encourage you to try something new, talk to our farmers (and our Farm Program team), and support local agriculture and small businesses.