11 Seattle farmers markets worth visiting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Phinney Farmers Market is closed during 2021
PHINNEY FARMERS MARKET DETAILS
All markets are ADA accessible.
Vendors accept Cash, Credit, and Debit.
All of our markets accept EBT/SNAP. Swipe your card at the Market Manager Booth.
SNAP users automatically receive an unlimited dollar-for-dollar match with the Farmers Market Match program to be spent at any of our seven markets.
WIC + Senior FMNP accepted.
Getting There + Parking
Bus routes: 5 stops at Phinney Ave N. near the market.
Parking: Free parking is available in the lower lot of the PNA, and on the street.
Bike Parking: Racks available in the market near the stairs to the PNA.
Please do not ride your bike through the market.
The safety and health of our shoppers, our farmers, and staff are critical. We aim to uphold impeccable public health standards and continue to act as essential food access points for Seattle neighborhoods.
All our markets’ operating plans have been formed in conjunction with City of Seattle and Seattle/King County Public Health. It is vital that everyone act in these efforts together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
PHINNEY FARMERS MARKET HISTORY
This popular Friday afternoon gathering space for both the Phinney Ridge and Greenwood communities is a partnership between the Neighborhood Farmers Markets (NFM) and the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). Tucked into the upper parking lot of the PNA, the Phinney Farmers Market is a wonderful place to bring the whole family. Kids can get their energy out at the next-door playground while parents shop or relax in the courtyard enjoying live music. A good mix of fresh produce and prepared food, the market has everything you need for cooking at home or an evening out. We’re on hold this year (2021), but stay tuned in spring of 2022 for updates.
UPCOMING FARMERS MARKETS
Best Seattle Farmers Markets and What to Expect at Each
There’s nothing I like more than spending the weekend perusing the best Seattle farmers markets. Washington is a huge agricultural hub in the United States, farming most of the country’s apples, cherries, and oysters, just to name a few. Furthermore Seattle is a very eco-conscious city, meaning its citizens give a damn about sustainability and where food comes from.
As a result, there’s no shortage of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and seafood in Seattle, WA. The best place to get them? One of the many farmers markets around Seattle. Plus, many of Seattle’s best farmers markets also host small makers selling delicious jams, honeys, wines, cheeses, and other shelf and ready-to-eat foods using local ingredients.
So if you, like me, love yourself a good farmers market, here’s the ultimate list of the best Seattle farmers markets and what to expect at each.
Best Seattle Farmers Markets
There are 2 organizations that run most of Seattle’s best farmers markets. Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets hosts 6 of them and Seattle Farmers Market Association hosts 3. There are also a few indie markets I’ll call out below.
Note that most of the farmers markets accept cash, credit/debit cards, EBT cards, SNAP/Basic Food, SNAP Market Match, and Fresh Bucks. Most also allow leashed dogs and have parking nearby. While many have bags, I encourage you to bring reusable ones!
If there are certain vendors you hope to visit, check the market’s website beforehand to see which vendors will be there for a particular date. They change regularly!
Pike Place Market
website | directions | schedule: daily from about 9 am – 5 pm, year round rain or shine
Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s must-visit landmarks. It also happens to be one of the country’s oldest farmers markets. It’s spread across 9 acres in downtown Seattle and has multiple floors of vendors, restaurants, bars, and shops. While the market restaurants are open later than 5 pm, most of the produce and fish stands close by 5 pm.
I created a whole downloadable guide to touring Pike Place Market and finding the best restaurants, shops, and more. You can also check out my guide to exploring downtown Seattle in 24 hours for more ideas.
In terms of fresh produce, flower, and fish vendors, they’ll be on the first floor of the market and the first thing you notice as you walk in. You’ll find more than 80 of them, all representing local Washington farms and artisans.
The best way to experience them is to browse and pick out things that interest you based on sight, smell, and taste. If you’re looking for some vendors not to miss, check out Sidhu Farms for berries and honey, Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards for nuts, and Herban Farm NW for spices and sauces.
Pro tip: Pike Place Market also hosts offshoot farmer markets around Seattle. You’ll find them at City Hall Plaza downtown, Van Vorst Plaza in South Lake Union, and Lindman Plaza in First Hill. I’ve plotted them on the map below.
Ballard Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Sundays 9 am – 2 pm, year round rain or shine
This is my go-to neighborhood farmers market, so it counts as the best Seattle farmers market in my book. It’s in the charming Ballard neighborhood that has a ton of cute shops and restaurants perfect for poking into after you visit the farmers market. If you’re interested in making the day of it, take my self-guided Ballard food tour to eat like royalty while you shop.
There are close to 100 vendors at this year round market. You’ll find farmers, artisans, wineries, and more as you walk down the streets of downtown Ballard (they close down the streets for the farmers market). While the vendors change regularly, here are my favorites:
Foraged & Found Edibles
I’m a member of their CSA. They forage beautiful mushrooms and wild greens around Washington. Check out their stall to see if they have dried mushrooms and teas to take home!
St. Jude’s Tuna
This local fishery makes exceptional canned tunas, which travel well as a souvenir.
Crazy addictive soft caramel chew candies.
Ayako & Family
They make beautiful jams.
Really yummy locally-made salamis.
Collin Family Orchard
An excellent orchard where my sister is a CSA member. In fact, I just ate one of their incredible doughnut peaches while writing this. Check out their stall for excellent any fresh fruit.
This bakery works with local farms to make yummy baked goods using mostly local ingredients.
One Leaf Farm
One of the best tiny local farmers just outside Seattle that grows excellent produce without synthetic chemicals. I’ve gotten their produce box before and was always impressed with the quality-to-cost ratio.
Bow Hill Blueberries
This blueberry farm is one of the best places to visit in Skagit Valley just an hour north of Seattle. They turn their berries into interesting products, like powders, jams, tinctures, and more.
When in season, nothing beats the heat like a stop to this popsicle stand making tasty treats with real fruit.
As you shop, fuel up at Dante’s Inferno Dog. This hot dog cart is a Seattle institution. Get a Seattle dog…that is a hot dog with cream cheese, onions, relish, and mustard. I prefer to get mine with their cheddar sausage, but the hot dog is good too! They’ll be on the corner of Ballard Ave NW & Vernon Pl right at the edge of the market.
Pro tip: You can order goods online for pick up at the market during market hours.
Fremont Sunday Market
website | directions | schedule: Sundays 10 am – 4 pm, year round rain or shine
Fremont Sunday Market is one of my other favorite independent farmers markets in Seattle. Like Ballard, it’s within easy walking distance of great boutique shops and restaurants. Plus it’s right on the water so you can enjoy epic Seattle water views while you shop.
If you get peckish, you can take a break and go on my self-guided Fremont food tour. Or you can eat at one of the many food trucks parked at this market. In fact, this is one of the best Seattle farmers markets if you aren’t interested in produce because most of the vendors are artisan goods, fashion, and food. There’s also a vintage section in a parking garage and one of the best Seattle antique stores just steps away from the market.
University District Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm, year round rain or shine
The U-District neighborhood is right next to the University of Washington. It’s home to arguably the most popular market in Seattle conveniently located on “The Ave” near a ton of restaurants and shops catering to a student’s budget. Started in 1993, it’s Seattle’s largest food-only market with about 80 vendors. Some of the farmers are “lifers” and have been selling at the market since it opened!
While the vendors change regularly, you may find some of my previously-mentioned favorites from other neighborhood farmers markets like Foraged & Found Edibles, Holmquist Hazelnuts, Ayako & Family, and Collins Family Orchard. Other not-to-miss vendors if there include:
Loki Fish Company
Seattle-based local fishing company selling excellent fillets and canned fish.
Pinckney Cookie Cafe
Michael Pinckney serves some of the best cookies in Seattle. My favorites are the double chocolate espresso or bing bling cookie made with dried Bing cherries, dark Belgian chocolate chips, and coconut.
Samish Bay Cheese
This creamery in Skagit Valley makes excellent cheese. I like using it in this pea shoot salad recipe.
Pro tip: Like the Ballard Farmers Market, you can order online ahead for pick up at the market during market hours.
Capitol Hill Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Sundays 11 am – 3 pm, year round rain or shine
The Capitol Hill Farmers Market moved to a new permanent location in 2021 on E. Barbara Bailey Way, named after the beloved bookseller, LGBTQIA+ rights activist, and Seattle native. Catering to a hip younger crowd, this farmers market starts later and has a healthy dose of vendors selling brunch-ready prepared foods. It’s also in a more densely-populated area of the city so you an expect great shops, restaurants, and bars within walking distance of the market.
Again you’ll find some vendors who make the rounds at most of the markets, like Collins Family Orchards and Seattle Pops. Two not to miss at the Cap Hill farmers market is King’s Mozzarella and Grain Bakery, the latter of which has a ton of gluten-free and vegan options.
Pro tip: Like the Ballard and University Farmers Markets, you can order online ahead for pick up at the market during market hours.
South Lake Union Saturday Market
website | directions | schedule: Saturdays 11 am – 4 pm, May – September
This Saturday market has about 45 vendors right in the heart of Seattle’s tech offices. It has mostly ready-to-eat food and artisan products so it’s a must-visit for foodies! It’s also near some of the best South Lake Union restaurants if you’re somehow peckish after visiting the market.
Make sure to check out True North Roasters for the best coffee in Seattle and Grimm Bros for hot sauce if they’re there when you visit.
Queen Anne Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Thursdays 3 – 7:30 pm, June – October
Located off Queen Anne Ave, this is an independently-run market operation. It’s a nonprofit that was started by community members back in 2007, triggered by an effort to save their local Met Market grocery store. Now it has its own advisory board made up of members from the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED), which overseas all of the Seattle farmers markets.
One of the unique things about the Queen Anne neighborhood farmers market is that it has a great rotation of food trucks. You may find some of the Seattle greats like Sam Choy Poke to the Max, Falafel Salam, and BeanFish. Bluebird Ice Cream is sometimes there too. I recommend trying them to get a taste of some of the best ice cream in Seattle.
Pro tip: They host Saturday markets 3 times a year during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holidays.
West Seattle Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Sundays 10 am – 2 pm, year round rain or shine
You’ll find about 70 vendors at this farmers market. It’s perfectly located near some of the best places to eat in West Seattle. It also hosts some of my favorite vendors previously mentioned in this article so it’s one of the best Seattle farmers markets if you live in South Seattle. Don’t miss Pinckney’s Cookie Cafe, Salmonberry Goods, Collins Family Orchards, Seattle Pops, Loki Fish, Jonboy Caramels, and Holmquist Hazelnuts.
Pro tip: Like the Ballard, University, and Capitol Hill Farmers Markets, you can order online ahead for pick up at the market during market hours.
Columbia City Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Wednesdays 3 – 7 pm, May – October rain or shine
Columbia City is the most diverse ZIP code in the US, and the farmers market offers ingredients as diverse as its residents. It’s near the light rail station, so it’s a convenient stop for weekday commuters looking to pick up ingredients for dinner at home. It’s also a hub for food access since it’s near many clinics offering these programs.
Some not to miss vendors include Native Candy for salmon fished by a 100% native-owned business, Kathmandu MoMoCha for Nepalese dumplings, and Youth Grows for produce grown by Seattle-area youth who are experiencing food scarcity, housing instability, involvement with the juvenile justice system, or greater than average barriers to employment.
Magnolia Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm, June – September rain or shine
I used to live in Magnolia, but somehow never went to this farmers market on Crockett St. when I lived there (I know, blasphemy!). It’s a smaller farmers market with about 50 vendors, but it has a quaint neighborhood vibe since it’s in an area of Seattle off the beaten path and full of locals.
You’ll find some of the vendors you see at the other best Seattle farmers markets, but make sure not to miss these vendors typically only at this farmers market:
Savory pie food truck that mostly delivers or visits farmers markets outside the city.
Magnolia-based Lebanese restaurant and grocer making excellent dips and pre-made food.
Rainy Day Bees
Local beekeeper making hyper local honey.
Jewish deli making excellent corned beef and some of the best bagels in Seattle.
Lake City Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Thursday 3 – 7 pm, July – September rain or shine
This is another food access hub like the Columbia City Farmers Market, but serving residents in north Seattle. It’s another one of the smaller Seattle farmers markets with just shy of 50 vendors.
You’ll find Zylberschtein’s here since they’re located in Lake City, plus other farmers market favorites like Native Candy, Kathmandu MoMoCha, and Seattle Pops. You’ll also find taco food truck T’juana Tacos, which has a cult following for making some of the best street tacos in Seattle.
Wallingford Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Wednesdays 3 – 7 pm, June – September rain or shine
This tiny seasonal farmers market has about 25 vendors, but it’s a good neighborhood vibe and convenient for picking up goodies to make a weeknight meal. Though small you’ll find farmers market favorites like Salmonberry Goods and Falafel Salam, one of the best cheap eats in Seattle. But you’ll also find some vendors who you won’t find at the other best Seattle farmers markets, such as Sams Salmon.
Madrona Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Fridays 3 – 7 pm, June – October rain or shine
This is another small seasonal farmers market serving residents of east Seattle right from the neighborhood’s Grocery Outlet parking lot. You’ll find about 30 vendors at this hyper local market selling produce, artisan products, booze, and pre-made food. Like the Wallingford Farmers Market, you’ll find some super small vendors only at this market, such as Silver Seeds Farm and Strix Varia Meadery.
South Delridge Farmers Market
website | directions | schedule: Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm, July – November rain or shine
This small Saturday market in South Seattle is hosted by the African Community Housing & Development and is one of the newer weekend markets. It’s located in the Hope Academy parking lot and features many small makers from Seattle like Seola Bee Company, Chef Jalissa Culinary Co., and The Grub Bus.
You’ll also find Small Axe Farm from the Black Farmers Collective that provides land in Woodinville to BIPOC farmers. Read my guide to Black-owned wineries to learn more about why BIPOC farmers don’t have equal access to land as white farmers.
Farmers Markets Near Seattle
There are a ton of farmers markets in the great Puget Sound, such as:
- Auburn Farmers Market (Sundays, seasonal)
- Burien Farmers Market (Thursdays)
- Bellevue Farmers Market (Thursdays, seasonal)
- Crossroads Farmers Market (Tuesdays, Bellevue, seasonal)
- Des Moines Farmers Market (Saturdays, seasonal)
- Federal Way Farmers Market (Saturdays, seasonal)
- Gig Harbor Farmers Market (Thursdays, seasonal)
- Issaquah Farmers Market (Saturdays, seasonal)
- Juanita Farmers Market (Fridays, Kirkland, seasonal)
- Kent Farmers Market (Saturdays, seasonal)
- Kirkland Farmers Market (Wednesdays, seasonal)
- Lakewood Farmers Market (Fridays, seasonal)
- Mercer Island Farmers Market (Sundays, seasonal)
- North Bend Farmers Market (Thursdays, seasonal)
- Proctor Farmers Market (Saturdays, Tacoma)
- Redmond Farmers Market (Saturdays, seasonal)
- Renton Farmers Market (Tuesdays, seasonal)
- Sammamish Farmers Market (Wednesdays, seasonal)
- Woodinville Farmers market (Saturdays, seasonal)
Map of Seattle Area Farmers Markets
More Ways to Support Local Artisans
There are so many amazing makers in the Pacific Northwest who don’t sell at farmers markets. Here’s a list of more artisans to discover.
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The Online Ballard Farmers Market!
Open since 2000, Ballard Farmers Market is Seattle's first year-round neighborhood farmers market selling produce exclusively from Washington state farmers. The Market has operated along the historic cobblestone stretch of Ballard Avenue NW between Vernon Place and 22nd Avenue. In the spring of 2016, the Market expanded onto 22nd Avenue, extending to NW Market Street. We hope you will visit us soon and plan to spend the day exploring one of the gems of Seattle.
Two ways to shop!
Shop on foot every Sunday 9:00 AM - 2:00PM OR Shop the Online Ballard Farmers Market for Sunday pickup.
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Open, year round. The Ballard Farmers Market is CLOSED on Christmas Day but OPEN on New Year’s Day.
You will find parking on the surrounding streets, and on Sundays all meters are free. Ballard Farmers Market is centrally located for buses, bikes and foot traffic.
EBT/SNAP, WIC & Senior FMNP, SNAP Market Fresh Bucks coupons, as well as credit/debit cards are accepted at this market.For more information visit our Food Access page here
The Market has operated along the historic cobblestone stretch of Ballard Avenue NW between Vernon Place and 22nd Avenue Ballard AVE NW. The 2 entrance points are:
Intersection of NW Market Street and 22nd AVE NW
Intersection of NW Vernon Place and Ballard AVE NW
For more information click HERE
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Farmers markets in the Puget Sound region
Washington State farmers markets provide a diversity of fresh produce, including fruits. vegetables, herbs, and flowers (edible and otherwise). You can also find other locally grown products, including meats, poultry, fish and shellfish, eggs, and a wide variety of value added-farm products such as preserves, ciders and wine, cheese and many other delicious foods.
Most seasonal Seattle farmers markets operate from June to September. A few open in May and stay open through the holidays in November and December. For farmers markets in other cities and communities around Puget Sound, or other parts of Washington State, visit the Washington State food & farm finder.
Most farmers markets accept cash, credit/debit cards, EBT cards, SNAP/Basic Food, SNAP Market Match, and Fresh Bucks. Individual market vendors may vary. Some markets also allow you to purchase market tokens from the market manager to use as cash to purchase market goods. Cash in small bills is always appreciated.
Farmers Market managers have worked with government agencies to adopt guidelines in order to open safely.
Use the lists below to find a year-round or seasonal farmers market in your area.
Also review our shopping tips for an overview of the rules for shopping at farmers markets in 2021.
Farmers market shopping tips
Expect health & safety guidelines to remain in place for most of summer 2021.
- Come prepared with a shopping list so you can shop quickly and leave.
- Pre-paid orders and curbside or drive-thru pick-up is encouraged.
- Wear a face mask or face covering.
- Remain alert while shopping. Obey signs and other physical cues like tape and chalk lines.
- Use the hand sanitizer and public hand washing stations as needed.
- Use contactless payment methods if possible (i.e. Apple Pay, Venmo).
- No touching produce – vendors to use PPE and select and bag product.
- No sampling, no ready-to-eat food, no refilling reusable containers.
- No music, entertainment, cooking demos, or public seating areas.
- Did you thank a farmer today?
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Farmers market produce – Photo collage by Carole.Cancler
2021 Farmers Markets
In the lists below, click on each farmers market website link for more details about opening and closing dates, parking information, payment options, dog policy, special events, and other details.
Year-round Puget Sound farmers markets
Downtown Seattle farmers markets
No Downtown Seattle Farmers Markets are scheduled for 2021 but are expected for 2022.
Downtown Seattle farmers markets presented by Pike Place Market.
- City Hall Farmers Market, 600 4th Avenue (City Hall Plaza)
- The Regrade Farmers Market, 7th Avenue & Lenora Street (by the Amazon Spheres)
- South Lake Union Farmers Market, 410 Terry Avenue N. (Van Vorst Plaza)
- First Hill Farmers Market, 9th Avenue & University Street (Virginia Mason)
Seattle neighborhood farmers markets
Most seasonal Seattle farmers markets operate from June to September. A few open in May and some stay open through the holidays in November and December.
Listed roughly from north to south
Greater Seattle farmers markets
Most seasonal Seattle farmers markets operate from June to September. A few open in May and some stay open through the holidays in November and December.
Listed by city
Find another farmers market in Washington state:
Seattle and the Puget Sound region has a vibrant farmers market community. Please support local growers and keep farming traditions alive. Most Seattle farmers markets operate from June to September. The five year-round Seattle farmers markets include Ballard, Capitol Hill Broadway, University District, West Seattle, and historical Pike Place Market.
Harvest and Produce Guides
These tools help unite farmers, eaters, gardeners, and cooks support food culture in Washington State:
- Farm Guide: find local farms, farmer’s markets, and CSAs near you in the Tilth Alliance Farm Guide.
- Find a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):find a CSA and get local, seasonal food delivered directly from the farm. CSAs aren’t confined to fresh produce, you’ll find CSAs that include eggs, homemade bread, meat and poultry, cheese, fruit, and flowers.
Farmers market event calendar
(We will update the calendar whenever information is published by organizers. The season for local produce generally runs May to December.)
Saturday, November 13, 2021
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Queen Anne farmers market, W Crocket & Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98119
Wallingford farmers market at Meridian Park, Meridian Avenue N & N 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
Mercer Island Farmers Market, 7700 SE 32nd Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Magnolia Farmers Market, 33rd Ave W & W McGraw Street, Seattle, WA (in Magnolia Village)
Hope Academy, 9421 18th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
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