Seattle Farmers Markets; July 6 – 12

From Cascade Harvest Coalition

Hello to all,

The floodgates for local crops opened wide this week.  I’m sorry the list is taking up so much room in my weekly email, but the market tables are groaning under the weight of the harvest.

NEW on the farm tables this week:

Chanterelles – first of season at U-District and West Seattle markets.

Duck Eggs – Sky River Ranch – at Lake City Farmers Market.

Frozen Ducks – whole- from Dog Mountain Farm at Broadway Sunday Farmers Market.

New Fruit:

Peaches: First of season.  Organic Sugartime and Snowkist peaches from Tiny’s Organic – at all markets

Blueberries; first of season organic berries

Apricots; Rival, Goldbar and Tomcots

Raspberries; Tulameen and Cascade Dawn



Black Raspberries; deep blue, almost black, small and dry, but they pack a wallop of intense flavor. Grown organically on dryland farm, Homestead Organic, in Quincy, Washington

Cherries; Bings, Rainiers, Sonata, Sander Rose, Chelans

Sour Pie Cherries – limited quantities

Strawberries – Rainiers and Shuksans – end of season

New Vegetables:

New Potatoes!! First of season – Yukon Golds, Cal White, All Blue, Red Norland and Desiree.  From Olsen Farms at Columbia City, Lake City, Phinney, University District, Magnolia and Broadway

Romanesco Broccoli

Fresh Local LavenderOrganic bouquets, wreaths, sachets and honey!  At the Phinney, U-District, Magnolia, Broadway and West Seattle markets.

FRESH WILD SALMON is back at the markets.  Whole Fresh Fish available at U-District, Columbia City and West Seattle.

CHEF IN RESIDENCE; The Chef In Residence on Saturday, July 11 at the U-District Farmers Market is noted local chef, Robin Leventhal.  Robin is the culinary genius behind Crave restaurant – late of Capitol Hill.  Robin will be on hand from 10 am – noon to answer your questions about today’s market offerings; like what’s fresh and at peak flavor, what herb goes with what fresh green, how does one poach to perfection one of our superb local eggs, what’s the best way to season fresh sockeye or baste a pork cheek for the barbecue.  She can answer it all and let you know what she’s been up to since the restaurant closed.


Columbia City Farmers Market:  Please join Chef Garrett Brown of Verve Wine Bar as he takes on the market challenge of creating signature recipes using fresh local berries in both sweet and savory dishes.  The cooking demo starts at 4:00 pm and is free and open to the public.  The Columbia City Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday through October 21.

Hours are 3 – 7 pm.  The CCFM is located on Rainier Avenue South and South Edmunds in the parking lot at Columbia Plaza (behind the Bank of America)

University District Farmer Market: Please join chef and celebrated author, Matthew Amster-Burton (author of Hungry Monkey – A Food Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater) as he prepares easy, seasonal dishes that everyone in the family can enjoy…even toddlers. Matthew will be preparing an easy stovetop cherry clafouti served with Port Madison fresh goat’s milk yogurt and showing kids how to make their own raspberry freezer jam.  The event is free and open to the public, recipes will be provided and books will be available for purchase.  The demonstration will take place adjacent to the market on 50th and University Way as part of the outdoor Summer Streets FestAveAll

I’m really saddened to announce that Pies By Jenny will no longer be selling at the U-District Market.  Jenny made a tough decision based on financial difficulties and we will miss her sweet countenance and awesome pies.  She wanted to say:  “Four seasons of thank yous to Chris Curtis, the market managers, the farmers market community as a whole and my fabulous customers for rewarding experience I will always deeply value.  Thank you for the bounty! Hope you enjoy the poem “Caravan” – my way of thanking you, mainly, and the market as a whole for a precious opportunity.”

I’ve never passed on a poem before, but Jenny captures the brief magic of a market day – from a vendor’s perspective.


(For the U-District Farmers Market)

Tents meet sky.

The quick dash of signs

stand up.

The bell –

The oval of people

weave with abundance.

2 p.m.

Tents drop

with gravity.

Awkward trucks

back on the road

and the caravan disperses –

as the awe

of light canopies

and surprising sounds

from a fireworks display

would dissolve into air.

The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance is a community-based, non-profit (501 (c) 3) organization dedicated to supporting and preserving Washington’s small family farms.  The NFMA’s mission is to provide effective direct sales sites for our region’s small farms, and to educate consumers about local farm products and the importance of directly supporting local farmers.

See you soon at a Farmers Market,

Chris Curtis, Director

Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

206 632-5234


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