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11 Seattle farmers markets worth visiting

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Every week you head out to the same local farmers market, buy the same produce, look at the same homemade bars of soap, chat it up with the same mushroom guy, pass the same buskers, and call it a day. But Seattle is full of farmers markets that are, in turn, full of tons of unique offerings just waiting to be discovered. Imagine what the bok choy tastes like on the other side of the city. (Yes, probably like bok choy, but how can you be so sure?)

Ever wondered what the markets have to offer in Lake City, Columbia City, the U District, or Magnolia? Ever realized that you haven’t actually been to your beloved Pike Place Market in over a year? Just having trouble finding your favorite pluot variety? This trusty map could help you discover some of the many homegrown delights you might be missing out on.

Map points are ordered north to south.

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1. Lake City Farmers Market

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NE 125th St & 28th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 632-5234
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Look at all the beautiful veggies! Take a bunch home, cook, eat, and enjoy—you didn’t even have to fight the big farmer’s market crowds to enjoy your dinner. That’s why you live up here. Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., early June through early October.

2. Phinney Farmers Market

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67 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-5234
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Go here for the fresh produce and pasta to kick off your weekend. This one’s a growing market that’s not as crowded as some of the others. It’s open every Friday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., early June through late September.

3. Ballard Farmers Market

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22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 706-0615
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Wander through the throng of this large and popular market as you gather flowers, produce, and fresh doughnuts. People watch as you stuff yourself with burritos and fish tacos. This year-round market operates every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4. University District Farmers Market

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5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5234
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There are no underwhelming craft stands at this market—just amazing food. Fresh organic produce, free-range meat, foraged mushrooms, and incredible cheese surround you as you nibble on something that fell from heaven. Head here every Saturday year-round between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

5. Wallingford Farmers Market

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4850 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Get some bright organic vegetables, and have a picnic surrounded by kids and birds in Meridian Park. The freshness of life will enhance your experience. This one operates from mid-May through late September from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

6. Magnolia Farmers Market

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West McGraw Street 33rd Ave West
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 632-5234
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If you prefer small, no-nonsense markets where you can buy produce without getting bumped into, this is your destination. Magnolia is a beautiful place to spend time in anyway. It runs on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., early June through late October (except August 5).

7. Queen Anne Farmers Market

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&, Queen Anne Ave N & W Crockett St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 428-1983
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This farmers market has an especially strong food truck presence, but what else do you have to do on Thursday besides stuff your face, have a beverage of choice, and wander home? Every Thursday between early June and mid October between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

8. Capitol Hill Farmers Market

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1601 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 547-2278
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Fresh produce and hot food samples are waiting for you at this laid-back neighborhood nucleus, which starts—and ends—a tad bit later than many weekend markets. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

9. Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA

It’s touristy and crowded, but where else are you going to find exactly what you’re looking for? If you haven’t been yet, go, because it’s a classic for a reason. During week and early in the morning are best to avoid the crowds. General market hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

10. West Seattle Farmers Market

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44th Ave SW & SW Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 632-5234
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A healthy selection of wine, cheese, organic produce, fresh pasta, Greek yogurt, salmon, and more guarantees you won’t be stopping anywhere else to feed yourself for the week. It’s every Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.—maybe stop by Easy Street for a record while you’re at it.

11. Columbia City Farmers Market

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37th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 632-5234
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Fruit and veggie stands, no tourists, reasonably priced flower bouquets, baked goods, smiles, and cheese make up this charming market, open on Wednesday evenings from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from early May to mid-October. The adjacent Columbia Park turns into a kind of charming, community picnic.

1. Lake City Farmers Market

NE 125th St & 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Look at all the beautiful veggies! Take a bunch home, cook, eat, and enjoy—you didn’t even have to fight the big farmer’s market crowds to enjoy your dinner. That’s why you live up here. Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., early June through early October.

NE 125th St & 28th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

2. Phinney Farmers Market

67 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Go here for the fresh produce and pasta to kick off your weekend. This one’s a growing market that’s not as crowded as some of the others. It’s open every Friday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., early June through late September.

67 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Ballard Farmers Market

22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Wander through the throng of this large and popular market as you gather flowers, produce, and fresh doughnuts. People watch as you stuff yourself with burritos and fish tacos. This year-round market operates every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. University District Farmers Market

5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

There are no underwhelming craft stands at this market—just amazing food. Fresh organic produce, free-range meat, foraged mushrooms, and incredible cheese surround you as you nibble on something that fell from heaven. Head here every Saturday year-round between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

5. Wallingford Farmers Market

4850 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Get some bright organic vegetables, and have a picnic surrounded by kids and birds in Meridian Park. The freshness of life will enhance your experience. This one operates from mid-May through late September from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

4850 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Magnolia Farmers Market

West McGraw Street 33rd Ave West, Seattle, WA 98199

If you prefer small, no-nonsense markets where you can buy produce without getting bumped into, this is your destination. Magnolia is a beautiful place to spend time in anyway. It runs on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., early June through late October (except August 5).

West McGraw Street 33rd Ave West
Seattle, WA 98199

7. Queen Anne Farmers Market

&, Queen Anne Ave N & W Crockett St, Seattle, WA 98109

This farmers market has an especially strong food truck presence, but what else do you have to do on Thursday besides stuff your face, have a beverage of choice, and wander home? Every Thursday between early June and mid October between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

&, Queen Anne Ave N & W Crockett St
Seattle, WA 98109

8. Capitol Hill Farmers Market

1601 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98112

Fresh produce and hot food samples are waiting for you at this laid-back neighborhood nucleus, which starts—and ends—a tad bit later than many weekend markets. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1601 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98112

9. Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

It’s touristy and crowded, but where else are you going to find exactly what you’re looking for? If you haven’t been yet, go, because it’s a classic for a reason. During week and early in the morning are best to avoid the crowds. General market hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA

10. West Seattle Farmers Market

44th Ave SW & SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98116

A healthy selection of wine, cheese, organic produce, fresh pasta, Greek yogurt, salmon, and more guarantees you won’t be stopping anywhere else to feed yourself for the week. It’s every Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.—maybe stop by Easy Street for a record while you’re at it.

44th Ave SW & SW Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98116

11. Columbia City Farmers Market

37th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Fruit and veggie stands, no tourists, reasonably priced flower bouquets, baked goods, smiles, and cheese make up this charming market, open on Wednesday evenings from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from early May to mid-October. The adjacent Columbia Park turns into a kind of charming, community picnic.

37th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118