One of the things I most enjoy when travelling is visiting a local farmer’s market. Not only do they make for excellent instagrammable photo ops, the brightness and freshness of the local produce and the buzzy excitement of the locals gathering to get that special cheese from the small mountainside village, or the locally sourced honey is also very attractive to me.
Luckily, in Seattle, local farmer’s markets thrive in the different neighborhoods; they’re a great way to explore other parts of town and get to feeling you’re a local for a couple of hours while supporting local farmers and craftsmen – and sampling some great food!
One of the best and biggest markets is the Ballard Farmer’s Market, held every Sunday year-round in the quaint, low-rise neighborhood of Ballard, northwest of downtown. After browsing the different stalls with their elaborate stacking of bright colored produce and other delicious products, I might buy a $10 bouquet from one of the predominantly Asian flower vendors before treating myself to a freshly prepared salmon slider, a veggie quesadilla or a slice of Veruci’s wood oven-baked pizza and some peach apple cider.
When you’re done with your tour of the market stalls, you can explore the quaint interior design stores surrounding the market, or maybe have a curbside poet write you a poem on her old-fashioned typewriter for a couple of dollars. There is no better way to spend your Sunday mornings and early afternoons in Seattle!