*** PLEASE CHECK THE FARMERS MARKET WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING ***
PLEASE NOTE: 2021 Farmers Markets may not look the same as in past years. Please make sure you confirm they are open.
Don’t you love it when the season for farmer’s markets rolls around? Who doesn’t look forward to meeting the growers and producers of the fresh foods we enjoy the most – and the free samples, live music, crafts and kid’s activities! I simply cannot wait to go again this year. Here’s the rundown of the markets taking place in our region this year.
ISSAQUAH FARMER’S MARKET AT PICKERING BARN: May 1st through September 25, 2021 (No Market on July 4), Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit the Issaquah Farmer’s Market for a fresh experience. The market hosts 4,500 shoppers on a busy summer Saturday, so this market is no snooze fest. Shoppers will find a long list of edibles, collectibles and entertainment including: fruits and vegetables, baked goods, food trucks, fresh flowers, multiple performance artists, crafts, and more.
REDMOND SATURDAY MARKET ON LEARY WAY: May 1st through September 25, 2021 (No Market on July 4) Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Expect plenty of fun for the whole family at the Eastside’s oldest farmer’s market. Listen to live bands every Saturday. Find one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans. Zany zucchini races, hula dancers, free make n' take crafts for kids, celebrating veterans, Kids Day, and pet parades are just some of the fun in store for this season! Check the events calendar for details.
SAMMAMISH FARMER’S MARKET AT CITY HALL PLAZA: LOCATION TBD 2021, Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fun for family and friends, the Sammamish Farmer’s market offers farm fresh produce, plant starts, dairy and grass fed beef, along with products from local bee keepers, crafts, prepared foods and more! Check the market events calendar for weekly entertainment offerings. Kids can participate in the “Color the Cow” coloring contest. Turn in entries any week on market day, and receive a special stamp as a prize.
NORTH BEND FARMER’S MARKET AT SI VIEW PARK: June 10 through September 9, 2021, Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Taste the freshness. Meet local farmers, and find a fantastic selection of seasonal, locally grown items. Vendors offer fresh produce, berries, honey, flowers, and botanicals, baked goods, delicious prepared foods, unique handcrafted goods, and more. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket and enjoy the summer sounds with the music in the park series. Live entertainment begins at 6:00 p.m. each week.
DUVALL FARMER’S MARKET ON BROWN STREET: May 6 through October 14, 2021, Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Duvall Farmer’s Market presents live performances each week for “Music at the Market.” Grab some meat pies or pizza for dinner and some flourless goodies or Georgia’s baked goods for dessert! Discover beautiful fresh flowers and plant starts for the garden. Then, pick up some farm fresh produce, cheese, butter, or meats to take home. Kids will find fun hands-on crafts and more at the children’s booth.
HELPFUL FARMER'S MARKET TIPS
A visit to the local farmer’s market is a fun outing that you can repeat every week through the summer months. No two visits will be exactly the same. Here are a few things to remember while visiting your local farmer’s market with kids in tow:
- Bring cash, as some vendors still don’t accept credit cards, and it saves on the related service fees.
- Be sure to bring along a shopping tote or reusable bag to haul your treasures home, as you will quickly run out of hands willing and able to carry.
- Bring along a blanket or folding chairs if you plan to stay and eat or watch the live entertainment.
- Set up a meeting place in case you and your kids are separated. Distractions are a plenty at these markets, and it’s far too easy to lose track of who’s where.
- Samples are the norm, so if food allergies are a concern be sure to inquire about ingredients and/or additives before tasting and coach restraint.
- Remind your children not to touch the fresh produce and/or baked goods on display. Some farmers prefer to select and bag your produce for you, to minimize damage to other produce on display.
- Most markets prefer that you leave your furry friends at home.
- Last of all, have fun! The vendors at these events are nearly always friendly and eager to teach others about their products and livelihoods. This is an excellent opportunity for young ones to learn more about where fresh foods come from. They may even be inspired to start a similar business in the future.
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