Well here’s a sure sign of summer! The Wallingford Farmers Market reopens this week where it’s been for a few years now: Meridian Park. From now through late September, the Farmers Market will be open from 3:30 to 7 pm every Wednesday.
The market is run by the Seattle Farmers Market Association which also runs the Ballard and Madrona markets. I never gave much thought to how these markets pop up, but in fact, they do not just “pop up.”
Quoting from the SFMA website:
Mission: The mission of the Seattle Farmers Market Association is to provide fun and rewarding venues for Washington state small farms and artisans to bring their highest quality, locally-grown and crafted products to urban residents. Our goal is to help our vendors be successful. Our intention is to facilitate a mutually beneficial connection between our community’s residents and the individuals who steward our local farmland and provide a variety of cultural arts.
History: Founded in 1990 at the Fremont Sunday Market, we were established as the first neighborhood farmers market in Seattle comprised only of Washington farmers since the 1950’s. Our purpose then, as now, is to bring the neighborhood together by creating a local marketplace. In providing a regular event, where diverse people meet and develop positive relationships, we can contribute to building strong communities, and enhance the quality of life for everyone in our region.
The market not only offers a wide variety of vegetables, fish and meat, but prepared foods and crafts as well. The list of vendors (not all of whom will be in Wallingford all the time) is very long, and here it is. To tantalize your taste buds, I offer this very small subset of vendors that I’m familiar with or whose names caught my eye for one reason or another:
- Cascadia Edible Landscapes
- Left Foot Farm, Jeremy Foust, Eatonville
- Samish Bay Cheese, Roger Wechsler, Bow
- Two If By SeaFoods, Shannon Ford, Issaquah
- Seattle Tilth Produce [Seattle Youth Garden Works] Chris Iberle, Seattle
- Lowercase Brewing, Lawrence Martin, Seattle
- Porter’s Pride Premium Pet Food, Darron Marzolf, Redmond
- Veraci Pizza, Errin Byrd & Marshall Jett, Seattle
- Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Ethan Stowell, Seattle