Make the Most of your Vacation Rental Home’s Gourmet Kitchen by Visiting Seattle’s Farmer’s Markets
One of the best things about a vacation rental home is having a full kitchen to play in. Seattle is famous for its locally sourced produce and fresh fish. They have a multitude of local markets and many are open year-round. So take a stroll with your reusable grocery bags, find some foodie inspiration, and get cooking!
Pike Place Market
1st Avenue and Pike Street
Famous for a reason, there’s even an entire business philosophy wrapped around the iconic Pike Place Fish Market. More importantly though, it’s the city’s center for fresh, local produce, foods, and fish. Pike Place Market was established in 1097 and is open 19.5 hours a day, 363 days a year. You can take a cooking class, a tour, or merely eat, stroll, and shop. Locals suggest you get to the market before noon and in peak summer months, weekday mornings are best.
More than a farmer’s market, Pike Place Market is a tourist destination. It’s one of the country’s oldest farmer’s markets and encompasses nine acres. Explore the historic arcade, winding alleys, and lower levels to get a multi-sensory experience. Wander around and get lost in the happy bustle or check out a handy map to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
University District Farmer’s Market
University Way NE
U District is a food and farm-only outdoor market open year-round on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. Rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 9 national farmer’s markets in the nation, this market even hosts a foraged and found edibles stand specializing in foods gathered from the wild. Here you’ll find mushrooms, unusual berries, and a wide variety of greens.
West Seattle Farmer’s Market
California Avenue SW & SW Alaska
Open year-round on Sundays from 10am to 2pm, West Seattle is a local food marketplace with a variety of vendors. Artisanal food and beverage, meat, poultry, and seafood, and produce of all kinds.
Ballard Sunday Farmer’s Market
5345 Ballard Ave NW
Ballard is a year-round greenmarket open Sundays from 10am to 3pm. They have over 100 vendors offering organic, handmade, and locally-grown foods. You’ll find cooking demonstrations, entertainment, and more.
While these markets are open year-round, not every vendor will have a full complement of goods. That’s what you love about a farmer’s market – ultra fresh, seasonal finds to spice up your cooking.
Check out the Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Market website for a complete and well-organized listing of what’s fresh in your neighborhood of choice.