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Seattle’s year-round farmers markets to get you through the off season

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As Seattle weathers its colder months, many area farmers markets are shut down for the winter—and some don’t open again until late spring. But there are still apples, sturdy greens, and squashes to be had, not to mention locally-made goods to be enjoyed, and a few markets across the city stay open to sell them. Maybe it’s a little less produce section and a little more street fair, especially during the wintertime, but it’s here for you.

Sure, the vendor list and selection gets a little slimmer. But there’s always someone there to sell some bread, braising greens, kombucha, preserves, dried goods, spirits, or just a leisurely weekend lunch. (Our favorite winter-weather produce label we’ve seen is “soup kale.”) Plus: The crowd is a little smaller, so you don’t have to dodge passerby as you wait in line at your favorite booth.

On EBT? Many local farmers markets double nutrition assistance money—including every market on this list, even the Pike Place Market Highstalls.

Map points are ordered north to south.

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1. Ballard Farmers Market

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5300 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 706-0615
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Hours: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of Seattle’s largest markets is also surrounded by tons of cute restaurants and bars and is close to the ship canal—perfect for making a day out of it. If the weather’s halfway decent, it’s less than a mile to the locks. Bonus for these sparser months: You can check which vendors will be set up on any specific day on the market’s website.

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2. University District Farmers Market

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5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5234
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Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The University District farmers market sets up just north of the most bustling part of the Ave, filling two blocks with produce stands, food vendors, and beverage-sellers.

3. Capitol Hill Farmers Market

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1601 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 547-2278
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Hours: Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Capitol Hill Farmers Market gets started a little later than most, allowing a sleepy beginning to a lazy Sunday. It lines the sidewalk and plaza surrounding Seattle Central College, right by Cal Anderson Park for all your picnicking needs.

4. Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA

Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

If all else fails, there’s always Pike Place Market. With the onslaught of tourists, it can be easy to forget sometimes that it’s the ultimate farmers market, open seven days a week and packed with many of the same vendors you see at your neighborhood market. Many of the market’s satellite locations have shut down for the year, and the “market on the cobblestones” closes at the end of October. But the market itself is open year-round—and with longer hours than most markets have on the on-season.

5. West Seattle Farmers Market

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44th Ave SW & SW Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 632-5234
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Hours: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Setting up right in the middle of the Junction—like literally in the middle of the street—the West Seattle Farmers Market is a major, hard-to-miss neighborhood event jam-packed with vendors.

1. Ballard Farmers Market

5300 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Hours: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of Seattle’s largest markets is also surrounded by tons of cute restaurants and bars and is close to the ship canal—perfect for making a day out of it. If the weather’s halfway decent, it’s less than a mile to the locks. Bonus for these sparser months: You can check which vendors will be set up on any specific day on the market’s website.

5300 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. University District Farmers Market

5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The University District farmers market sets up just north of the most bustling part of the Ave, filling two blocks with produce stands, food vendors, and beverage-sellers.

5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

3. Capitol Hill Farmers Market

1601 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98112

Hours: Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Capitol Hill Farmers Market gets started a little later than most, allowing a sleepy beginning to a lazy Sunday. It lines the sidewalk and plaza surrounding Seattle Central College, right by Cal Anderson Park for all your picnicking needs.

1601 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98112

4. Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

If all else fails, there’s always Pike Place Market. With the onslaught of tourists, it can be easy to forget sometimes that it’s the ultimate farmers market, open seven days a week and packed with many of the same vendors you see at your neighborhood market. Many of the market’s satellite locations have shut down for the year, and the “market on the cobblestones” closes at the end of October. But the market itself is open year-round—and with longer hours than most markets have on the on-season.

Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA

5. West Seattle Farmers Market

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

Hours: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Setting up right in the middle of the Junction—like literally in the middle of the street—the West Seattle Farmers Market is a major, hard-to-miss neighborhood event jam-packed with vendors.

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