Planning a trip to Seattle this September or October? The fall season is a great time to visit some of the Farmers Markets in the Seattle area.  Munch on local produce and specialty foods, meet the growers and local artisans and shop for unique souvenirs. Here are my top picks.

Fremont Sunday Market 

Look for the colorful flags announcing the market entrance.  Be sure to arrive hungry, as there are plenty of food vendors at this market. This is really two markets in one; a year round indoor market and a Sunday outdoor market.  With its distinctly European flair, the market boasts many vendors of collectables, antiques, odd-ball stuff, crafts, as well as delectable locally grown foods. Not to be missed, this is the market to check out if you can only visit one.  The Sunday market is open 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine, and is located at 400 N. 34th Street.

Budget Tip!

You may want to consider renting a suite instead of an individual room, especially if you are travelling as a family. In-suite cooking facilities can save you hundreds of dollars over the duration of your stay.  Take advantage of the local farmers markets and enjoy a distinctly local feast!

Broadway Farmers Market

Located in Capital Hill, this charming neighborhood market is worthy of a languid afternoon stroll. The market features a good selection of locally grown organic produce. Start by grabbing yourself a kombucha from CommuniTea Kombucha.  Kombucha is an oddly astringent tasting, slightly fizzy tea drink. Pick up some artisan cheeses from Mt. Townsend Creamery or Samish Bay Cheese and some biscuits from Honest Biscuits, who are seriously taking the humble biscuit to the next level, and enjoy a mini picnic.  I found the fresh cut flower bouquets were very reasonably priced and couldn’t help selecting a bunch for my hotel room. A jar or two of artisan fruit jam makes an excellent souvenir.  Grass-fed beef and lamb products are also featured.  Broadway Farmers Market is open Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm and is located at Broadway Avenue and E. Pine Street.

Pike Place Market

Arguably Seattle’s most famous, and one of the country’s oldest Farmers Markets, is Pike Place Market located downtown and dominating nine acres of prime retailing space. Pike Place is a joy to visit and offers a little something for everyone. It’s pretty easy to blow your entire vacation spending money budget at this market, which I very nearly did. The eclectic layout of shops and the sheer vastness of products make this market a shopaholic’s dream. Produce, fish and meat, crafts, specialty foods, unique collectables, buskers and great dining can all be found here. Be sure to catch the show at Pike Place Fish Company, where the fishmongers lob fish across the storefront to the delight of visitors. They can also package fish to travel if you want to bring some home.  Visit the truly icky but fascinating Gum Wall for a unique backdrop for your vacation photo op. Pike Place Market is lots of fun with remarkable sights, so plan on sending a good part of the day here.

If you are interested in a historical tour, Pike Place Public Market Tours offers one hour tours daily at 10 am and 2 pm and cost $15 in advance or $19 if you just show up at the meeting place at Western Avenue and Virginia Street.

Pike Place Market is located at 1st Avenue and Pike Street. The farmers market is open from 9 am to 4 pm daily. The market shops are open from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Restaurants remain open in the evening and it’s best to check individually before you go.

Helpful Hints

  • Arrive early
  • Bring cash
  • Come hungry
  • Dress for changing weather conditions
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bag whenever possible