Visiting the Ballard Farmers Market

Seattle, Washington

On a brilliantly sunny Sunday afternoon in Seattle, we hit up the Ballard Farmers Market, strolling through the tree-lined street, learning about the region's seasonal specialties and sampling an impressive variety of artisan foods. There were sweet cherries and strawberries, curlicue garlic scapes, and the most incredible caramels we've ever tasted… Open every Sunday year round, rain or shine (and oh, the glorious blue skies we had yesterday!), Ballard is considered one of the best farmers' markets in the nation. Locals and tourists flock to the market's 40 or so vendors to buy produce, seafood, meat, cheese, baked goods, preserved foods, honey, and more. Even though strawberry and cherry season is late this year due to cold, wet weather, the ones we tasted were sublime, and we swooned over some of the local cheeses, apple juices, and jams.

Do you shop at the Ballard Farmers Market, or have you visited during your travels? What are your favorite finds?

TOP ROW
1 Ballard Farmers Market is located on Ballard Avenue NW, between Vernon Place NW and 22nd Avenue NW
2 A bustling day at the market
3 Gorgeous fresh greens from Oxbow Farm
4 Blushing Rainier cherries
5 Bunches of garlic scapes

MIDDLE ROW
6 Early stone fruit from Collins Family Orchards
7 Strawberries, small and sweet
8 Rhubarb ready for baking
9 Apple ciders, juices, and vinegars from Rockridge Orchards
10 The last of the season's asparagus

BOTTOM ROW
11 Conversation at the market
12 Early season Tieton cherries
13 Fresh horseradish
14 Sustainably harvested wild seafood from Loki Fish
15 Jonboy's Absinthe and Black Salt caramels, made just a few blocks from the market

Learn more: Ballard Farmers Market

Related: Farm Days on the Cobblestones: Seattle, Washington

(Images: Emily Ho)

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