Supporting local farmers at the local markets is important for many reasons. First, it lets your body naturally be in tune with the seasons—you get to reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the changing of the seasons. This means the foods that are grown in your area are picked at peak freshness in their season and are driven straight to the local market—not shipped across oceans and land, which in turn, is helping protect the environment.

Farmers Market Guide

Next, you get to know the people who are growing the food you are eating! Meeting the farmers is such a fun experience—supporting them in their business, talking to them about which produce they recommend and which are ripe, and talking to them about their farming practices. Foods grown at local farms are more often grown without the harsh pesticides and chemicals used in commercial agriculture, so they will be extra nourishing for your body. Extra tip: talk to the community members around you for recipe ideas!

The foods at farmers markets are the freshest and the tastiest available around because the produce was allowed to ripen on the vine or plant in the field and brought to you directly. Since foods grow at different times of the year, this gives you flexibility in the dishes you get to make—it’s pretty fun to mix it up and get creative! Often you get to see a new variety of crops not offered at the supermarket. Think purple carrots, heirloom tomatoes, watermelon radishes, stinging nettles, and wild, foraged mushrooms.

 

In Season in Seattle in August

Fruits Vegetables Greens Herbs Other
Apricots

Blackberries

Blueberries

Boysenberries

Cherries

Currants

Elderberries

Figs

Gooseberries

Grapes

Huckleberries

Marionberries

Melons

Mulberries

Nectarines

Peaches

Plums

Pluots

Raspberries

Rhubarb

Strawberries

Artichoke

Beans

Broccoli

Burdock

Cauliflower

Celery

Chard

Chickpeas

Corn

Cucumber

Eggplant

Fennel

Leeks

Mushrooms

Okra

Onion

Peppers

Potatoes

Radishes

Tomatoes

Zucchini

Arugula

Asian

Kale

Lettuce

Mustard

Radicchio

Spinach

Anise

Basil

Bay

Chives

Cilantro

Dill

Fennel

Lemon Verbena

Marjoram

Mint

Oregano

Parsley

Rosemary

Sage

Stevia

Tarragon

Thyme

Cheese

Eggs

Beef

Lamb

Pork

Chicken

Lentils

Rye

Spelt

Wheat

Salmon

Clams

Cod

Crab

Halibut

Mussel

Oysters

Sardine

Shrimp

Tilapia

Tuna

 

Where are the farmers markets of Seattle?

  • U-DISTRICT

Saturdays, Year Round: 9 am – 2 pm

University Way NE (the “Ave”) between 50th & 52nd, 98105

  • CAPITOL HILL BROADWAY

Sundays, Year Round: 11 am – 3 pm

Broadway Ave E and E Pine Street

  • WEST SEATTLE

Sundays, Year Round: 10 am – 2 pm

California Ave SW & SW Alaska, in the heart of the West

Seattle Junction, 98116

  • COLUMBIA CITY

Wednesdays, May 4 to Oct 12: 3 – 7 pm

37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S., in South Seattle, 98118

  • LAKE CITY

Thursdays, Jun 9 to Sep 29: 3 – 7 pm

NE 125th & 28th NE, next to the Library off Lake City Way, 98125

  • PHINNEY

Fridays, Jun 3 to Sep 30: 3:30pm – 7:30pm

N 67th St & Phinney Ave N, in upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 98103

  • MAGNOLIA

Saturdays, Jun 4 to Oct 8: 10 am – 2 pm

33rd Ave W & W McGraw Street in the Magnolia Village

  • BALLARD

Sundays, year round 10am – 4 pm

Ballard Ave South of Market Street

 

So get out there are explore the markets—see what Seattle has in store for you this August!

 

Yours in Health,

Kelsey

Bastyr Student Intern

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