After a long, gray winter, everybody's in the mood to go green. And there's no better place to do that than at the farmers markets around the city, where you'll find tender greens, spring lamb and, soon, asparagus!
Incredible local produce, meats, cheese, flowers and baked goods no matter what the season. The Sunday market runs year-round and features a terrific mix of ingredients grown with care and bursting with fresh flavor. Some shoppers make a day of it, filling their lists and then staying in The Junction for brunch at Ma'Ono (formerly Spring Hill) or Bakery Nouveau. One of the attractions? Free parking.
The mother of all neighborhood farmers market, this amazing collection includes some of the best producers in Washington state. Yes, we adore Olsen Farm potatoes and meat, the incredible charcuterie from Sea Breeze on Vashon, smoked salmon and more from Loki, Tall Grass Bakery breads, whatever Foraged and Found has Foraged and Found, the pickled oysters from Hama Hama and Tonnemaker's sweet, sweet fruit. There's so much more, including regular chef demos. Just go! You will not be disappointed.
This neighborhood gem runs April through December and is one of the busiest markets in the city. The produce, meats and cheese selection is stellar. (Don't miss the greens and assorted other stuff from Local Roots farmers, pictured here.) And there's a cluster of food stands that offer a wide range of snacks and meals, making it one-stop shopping/supping.