West Seattle, Washington
Today was the annual occasion for the parental admonition “don’t play with your food” to NOT apply at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. Not only was it Zucchini 500 day – the annual chance to race vehicles made from vegetables (top photo shows construction in progress) – it was also a celebration of hand-tossed pizza dough:
Pagliacci offered kids the chance to see what it takes to toss pizza crusts. And then Andrew showed how to make it go airborne – intact:
These two food-and-fun events go together because Pagliacci sponsors the Zucchini 500 – and has, we learned via a bit of searching, for more than 15 years!
Number one question here at the West Seattle Summer Fest Info Tent so far this morning – “Where’s the Farmers’ Market?” Answer: Today only, because of the festival, just like last year, it’s back in its old spot behind KeyBank, 44th/Alaska. You’ll find all the vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, beverages, baked goods, and more – until 2 pm as usual, and then NEXT Sunday, as the sign says:
Our Summer Fest coverage, meantime, gets going in a few minutes.
If somehow you missed it last week … and/or missed all the advance notice … and/or forgot: Tomorrow is the second week for the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in its new location out in the middle of the street on California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska. While the market hours are 10 am-2 pm, that one block is off-limits to vehicles 7 am to 4 pm (so don’t leave a car parked there overnight!). The debut last week was wildly popular, according to market managers – triple the usual attendance (they actually have people walking the market every half-hour to count – that’s what research has shown is the average length of a market visit). One special feature this week: Since it’s Father’s Day, any dad who stops by the management tent (check the map above) will get a gift, a $2 Market Buck.
P.S. The market’s new location is year-round, except, management asked us to remind you, on Summer Fest Sunday (July 12th this year), when it will move back to the 44th/Alaska parking lot just for that one day.
10:57 AM: “This rocks!” That’s the first comment we heard today from a visitor to the newly relocated West Seattle Farmers’ Market (WSB sponsor), on until 2 pm in the middle of California Avenue SW between Oregon and Alaska. As first published here last week, here’s the vendor map:
The move has been months in the making, officially – but it’s also been a years-long dream for some, with the knowledge that it brings more space for more vendors and more local nonprofits, plus more room for shoppers to roam, and more chances to show off The Junction’s bricks-and-mortar businesses to WSFM visitors. More photos to come, but better yet, just go see for yourself!
P.S. Transportation notes –
only one bus route is affected, the 22; for vehicle parking, while the market block is off-limits until about 4 pm, the 45-space lot that formerly held the market is open; for bicycle parking, remember the “corral” on the southeast corner of California/Alaska. Also, east-west streets are all open, including Alaska and Oregon themselves.
2:43 PM: Adding photos. Above, the fresh produce is the star of the show this time of year. But as noted in our preview, you’ll find food trucks too – that made it a hit for Sammy and Annika, whose mom Lori shared the photo:
The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is back for summer appearances – we found them right by the south end at California/Alaska:
And we happened onto Ivy from market staff, with WSFM buttons:
(added) From MercyMoi, “August is making a necklace with beautiful paper beads”:
MM adds, “The artist (and farmers market rep) showed us how to make the beads, so I expect many textured jewelry projects this summer.”
Photo to share from the street site’s debut? Share it! Meantime, again, this is the market’s new home, so it’ll be back in the street every Sunday – except for July 12th, when it’ll be back at the old location in the 44th/Alaska lot since West Seattle Summer Fest will have taken over the street for the weekend.
One more day until a momentous Sunday in The Junction:
(WSB photo from Flag Day 2013)
FLAG DAY HELP THANKS TO POST 160: The death of Don Smathers earlier this year not only brought memories and mourning, but also the question: Who would make sure flags are up in The Junction on key holidays, as Don had done for so many years? Susan Melrose of the West Seattle Junction Association tells WSB that American Legion Post 160 has offered to help, so when you see the flags on Flag Day tomorrow, that’s who to thank.
Of course we know you’ll be in The Junction tomorrow to check out the debut of the new West Seattle Farmers’ Market location:
WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE FARMERS’ MARKET MOVE: WS Farmers’ Market management is out with a list of “10 cool things” about the market’s move into the street, starting tomorrow (California Avenue SW between Oregon and Alaska). If you don’t want to read the whole list, a few highlights:
*More room to shop – 28,000 square feet, up from 16,000 sf in the 44th/Alaska lot (which reverts to parking as of this Sunday, except for July 12th, when it will host the market again on West Seattle Summer Fest Sunday)
*9 new vendors, listed by WSFM as “including Mariposa Farm, Left Foot Farm, Nelli Farm, Yellow Belly Farm, Starvation Alley and Seola Bee, which sells honey from hives kept in West Seattle.”
*Prepared hot food will be for sale, for the first time, from vendors including Falafel Salam, Girls Gone BBQ, and Loki (longtime vendor which now gets to bring its sliders and hash). Look for sidewalk-café tables supplied by the Junction Association!
And market management points out that the move will bring shoppers closer than ever to The Junction’s year-round bricks-and-mortar restaurants (and retailers!) so you can visit them too while you’re there.
WSFM hours are the same, 10 am-2 pm; the market block will be a no-parking zone 7 am-4 pm.
This Sunday, June 14th, is the day – the West Seattle Farmers’ Market moves out into California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska. Same hours, 10 am-2 pm. But the new location/new layout means more room for vendors and local nonprofits. We asked the WSFM – which is sponsoring WSB this month to help get the word out – to share the map of what you’ll see starting this Sunday; see it above (or here, as a PDF, if you can’t see the embedded version). Market managers were handing out paper versions of the map last Sunday, but by the time we got to the market in the final half-hour, they were already out!
Meantime, the celebration won’t just be within the booths at the market – we know of at least one Junction shop that’s planning to tie in to the festivities: Click! Design That Fits, longtime WSB sponsor, 4540 California SW (that’s on the same block where you’ll find the market), will have special sale items during market hours on Sundays – stop in and look for the signs with “happy, helpful beets.” Click! is also changing its hours for summer starting this weekend – 10 am to 7 pm weekdays, 10 am to 5 pm weekends.
P.S. If you are driving to The Junction for the market and/or other shopping on Sundays, please remember the changes – no motor-vehicle parking on the market block 7 am-4 pm, but the 45-space parking lot that used to house the market will be open again.
After 16 years, tomorrow (Sunday, June 7th) is the last West Seattle Farmers’ Market (WSB sponsor) in the 44th/Alaska parking lot. Starting one week later, on June 14th – as first announced three months ago – you’ll shop the WSFM out in the street, like many other neighborhood farmers’ markets. Starting on that date, the market’s new home will be on California SW between Alaska and Oregon, which will be closed to vehicles 7 am-4 pm on Sundays as a result. This means more vendors, more local nonprofits, more room to roam as you shop and enjoy The Junction on a Sunday, and if you’re wondering about parking, the market move opens up 45 spaces in the 44th/Alaska lot. If you have questions – stop by the market-management booth on the north side of the market lot 10 am-2 pm tomorrow. (P.S. Here’s some of what will be happening on the first day in the street.)
Two West Seattle Junction notes:
BRAND-NEW BANNERS: It’s magic! Overnight the faded old West Seattle Junction banners disappeared and these new ones materialized.
It was planned, of course, and happened very early this morning (sometime between 1:15 am, which is when we drove through The Junction, wondering if the installation was under way yet, and 9:30 am, when we took these photos).
West Seattle Junction Association director Susan Melrose explains the banners’ inspiration:
The colorful series of five designs is meant to inspire neighborhood pride for all of West Seattle. Design elements include the Alki Lighthouse as a symbol of our strong connection to water, the West Seattle Bridge, a salute to history with the streetcars, our weekly farmers market, and The Junction’s iconic Walk-All-Ways. We hope the neighborhood enjoys this addition to The Junction.
The artist is Jeff Rodriguez of Horsepower Design, who also designs other art used by the Junction Association, from posters to advertising. The banner spotlighting the West Seattle Farmers’ Market brings another reminder:
Today’s market (continuing until 2 pm as usual) is the second-to-last time you’ll find it in its longtime spot at 44th/Alaska. Two weeks from today – June 14th – is the day the WSFM moves out into California SW between Oregon and Alaska. Market management is reminding people that means a change in parking, if you drive – no parking on the market block 7 am-4 pm (flyers are under windshield wipers of cars parked on that block right now) but 45 spots will be open in the lot the market is vacating. And if you bicycle to the market – Bicycle Benefits continue. The market move means “new local Washington State farmers (and) more non-profit community groups ” every Sunday. (WSFM is sponsoring WSB for the next month to help get the word out about the big move.)
(WSB photo from 2012)
For the past few years, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market has moved out into California Avenue SW once a year, during the Junction Association‘s fall Harvest Festival. Starting this summer – that’ll be the market’s new permanent location, year-round. As announced on the WSFM website, the move is set for Sunday, June 14th:
We’re taking it to the street! Join us on this historic day at the beloved West Seattle Farmers Market.
Our first year, in 1999, was the beginning of a neighborhood institution; a place for families and neighbors to connect with local farms and get the freshest, most delicious fruits and vegetables – and many other wonderful farm products and local foods.
This year, in 2015, after much planning and hard work, we’re moving the market to the street, where we’ll have more room and an improved layout, and can create an even more inviting Sunday morning destination in the heart of the Junction.
The market will be on California between Alaska and Oregon – both of those east-west streets will remain open on market days. Susan Melrose from the West Seattle Junction Association says that merchants are supportive of this – they’ve been in discussion for months – and that the launch day on June 14th will be “a very festive day” with music in the streets – more details to come.
ADDED WEDNESDAY: In response to some questions in comments – Chris Curtis of the WSFM says the street closure is envisioned as 7 am-4 pm, and reminds us that there will be more parking, since the lot that’s currently used will be open to vehicles again. Street-closure costs related to this are being borne by market management, according to WSJA’s Melrose.
(Photo courtesy Sod House Bakery)
Thinking about going to the West Seattle Farmers’ Market tomorrow? If you do, look for a new vendor that is doubly local – not only is Sod House Bakery selling its wares in West Seattle, it’s also owned by West Seattleites. We asked them for a little info, after learning about their debut last week:
Sod House Bakery is Evan Radick and Nina Faccone’s small bakery project based out of West Seattle. Last fall we realized our dream of many years by starting our own bakery and are building it from the ground up. We just became a vendor at the West Seattle Farmers Market, and hope to be selling all around Seattle this summer season. We make fun, delicious pastries like pop tarts, cookies, hand pies, and mini cakes.
As always, the market is open 10 am-2 pm at 44th/Alaska.
(SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Family friend Aaron says Sophia’s stand raised more than $1,500!)
12:51 PM: Went to the West Seattle Farmers’ Market to check in on two benefits we’ve mentioned in recent days – and found both very busy! Above, Sophia’s Lemonade Stand outside KeyBank at California/Alaska, with lemonade and Bakery Nouveau treats, available by donation to help 7-year-old cancer patient Sophia Thompson and her family. (More about their story here – including a link to donate if you can’t get to the stand before 2 pm.) And inside the market itself, long lines for River Farm Organic Produce – you can’t miss the yellow-topped tent:
As reported here on Friday, a family friend e-mailed to make sure everyone knew this Central Washington farming family had lost a home in the big Taylor Bridge Fire – but they made it to the market and, since the farm itself was spared, have lots of vegetables to sell. The market continues, as usual, till 2 pm.
(Photo by Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times – republished with permission)
This Sunday, when you see River Farm Organic Produce at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, you might consider buying something extra – we’ve just learned that their family has lost a home in the big Taylor Bridge Fire in Central Washington. An anonymous family friend e-mailed to let us know about this, and to say that River Farm does plan to be at the WSFM this Sunday. We have since confirmed this with market management, which explained that the family farm itself was spared, as was the home of the farm family’s patriarch, but the fire destroyed the home of his daughter and her husband. In addition to supporting them directly, we’re told they also will benefit from the Neighborhood Farmers’ Market Alliance “Good Farmer Fund,” which helps with emergency relief for vendors hit by crises like this. (You can donate to that fund online here.)
We missed today’s window for the daily events preview – you can always check the WSB West Seattle Events calendar on the rare occasions we skip a daily list – but just back from the West Seattle Farmers’ Market and vicinity. Eric Freeman is playing on the west side of the market today; while we photographed him, a man came up and informed us that he’s “the best busker in West Seattle.” As always, the market otherwise is brimming with everything – literally) from soup to nuts; we came home with a giant purple cabbage, $3 any size, from Alm Hill Gardens in the southwest corner, where they’re also selling tulips:
As always, the Farmers’ Market is open till 2. Nearby, it’s the second Sunday at California/Edmunds for a new food truck operated by two West Seattleites, Erik Gust and David Rodriguez, Contigo, which offers “modern Mexican”:
The Contigo owners’ announcement also mentioned that their food is gluten-free.
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WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, market managers have confirmed they’re open. 10 am-2 pm at 44th/Alaska. The illness-delayed debut of Honest Biscuits is promised (see this tweet), too. (Added: West 5 is there selling soup – check the pic in this tweet!)
BENEFIT ADOPT-A-THON CONTINUES: At Kitty Harbor (3422 Harbor SW), it’s the second day of a special offseason cat adopt-a-thon – also a benefit for fire victim Teri Ensley and Furry Faces Foundation, noon-6 pm. “Moto,” above, is one of the two-dozen-plus cats who were still awaiting a home by late Saturday afternoon, after more than 30 others were adopted! Here’s our Saturday night story.
BOOK SIGNING: Metropolitan Market says LaDonna Rose Gundersen, who fishes in Alaska as well as writes, will be at the Admiral store today from 12-2 pm to sign her new cookbook “Salmon, Desserts, & Friends.”
Before sunset, we stopped by Junction Plaza Park to see how setup for tonight’s nighttime edition of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market was going. 5-8 pm tonight, you’ll find everything from roasted chestnuts (courtesy of Sustainable West Seattle) to fresh food for your holiday dinner, with familiar vendors:
And many Junction shops will be participating in one more Shop Late Thursday before Christmas, till 9 pm. Some have deals in the WSB Holiday Shopping Guide (find it here). More to come!
ADDED 8:28 PM: Lights adorned the nighttime market, and not only from the official Junction Christmas Tree:
On the WSB Facebook wall, Tina mentioned that she’s from Germany and said, “The Christmas markets in my country are magical places, bordered by booths of every kind of holiday cheer, supported by ample supply of ‘gluehwein’ (hot & spiced cider). Tonight looked to me like a seed of something special like that.
One more reminder – since the next two Sundays are Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, there will be no West Seattle Farmers’ Market until Sunday, January 8th.
As of a little more than an hour ago, Sustainable West Seattle was already on its fifth box of Christmas lights brought in for recycling at its West Seattle Farmers’ Market booth. Till 2 pm, you’ll find them there – along with the meters comparing LED lights to incandescent:
Just around the corner from the Farmers’ Market, the Hometown Holidays (co-sponsored by WSB) Belgian-mule-drawn carriage rides (free!) – we caught up with them as they headed north on 44th before turning onto Alaska by the market:
The carriage rides continue till 3, as do take-it-yourself Santa photos at City Mouse. One Farmers’ Market reminder – NO market the next two Sundays, since it’s Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, BUT there’s a special nighttime edition at Junction Plaza Park this Thursday (December 22), 5-8 pm. (Sustainable WS plans to roast chestnuts, providing leader Christina Hahs’ test run tonight goes well!)
4:23 PM UPDATE: Got the final tally from the Christmas-lights-recycling collection:
That photo’s courtesy of Chas Redmond, who staffed the SWS booth today with Hahs (in the photo) and Patrick Dunn (best known as award-winning manager of the WS Tool Library). By 2 pm, he says, they had filled the pickup-truck bed with boxes of ready-to-recycle lights, and they had finished the old-vs.-new lights comparison: “The results of our demo showing the electricity draw of conventional, incandescent mini’s and the LEDs – with a string of 100 LED lights and another string of 75 incandescent mini lights running for three hours, the LED lights drew 3 watts and the incandescents (even though there were fewer) drew 300 watts – roughly 1 watt/hour for the LED string and 100 watts/hour for the incandescent string.” One more sustainability P.S. – for Christmas-giving/stocking-stuffing, the Tool Library is suggesting gift memberships (raffle ticket included!).
Yet another West Seattle holiday tradition – handmade wreaths from Pathfinder K-8. Their booth made its WS Farmers’ Market debut today, with Yumi and Willow displaying two of this year’s creations. You can find them under a canopy by the KeyBank west-side doors (right next to the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, selling tickets for next Saturday’s pancake breakfast – more on that later).
P.S. Yes, they’ll be selling wreaths every Sunday between now and Christmas (12/4, 12/11, 12/18) – as long as supplies last! As the school website points out, the wreath sales have been going on for almost 20 years.
Though it’s not out of the 30s yet, it’s sunny, and it’s a lively morning at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. Above, City Councilmembers Sally Clark and Sally Bagshaw, making another stop on their citywide conversation tour as “The Sallys.” They’ll pour you a free cup of Rockridge Orchards cider (while supplies last!). As for topics, you don’t have to stick to these, but – Clark chairs the Committee on the Built Environment, which tackles issues like zoning and development, and Bagshaw chairs the Parks Committee. Meantime, you’ll also find the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle at the market today, promoting their upcoming holiday Pancake Breakfast:
It’s 7-11 am Saturday, December 3rd, at the Masonic Hall (40th/Edmunds) and you can buy your tickets at their booth today for the discount price of $5 adults, $3 kids (adults will be $6 at the door). Santa photos are included in the price – and you’re asked to bring new, unwrapped Toys for Tots donations.
Two chances this week to talk with City Councilmembers in West Seattle:
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Sally Bagshaw are on the DNDC meeting agenda tomorrow night (7 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW) for a discussion about the “boulevard” concept for Delridge Way SW.
‘THE SALLYS’ AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET: Councilmembers Bagshaw and Sally Clark have been visiting neighborhoods in tandem as “The Sallys,” in community-conversation format, and just announced a West Seattle stop this Sunday: 10-11:30 am at the WS Farmers’ Market (44th/Alaska). The announcement says they “will host a booth and hope Seattleites will stop by to talk about local issues.” Free cider while it lasts. You’re invited to RSVP, though it’s not required (here’s the link).
(Photos by Katie Meyer for WSB)
At the top of the “hill,” that’s Mike LaFranchi from the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, during today’s Zucchini 500, an annual tradition at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. Kids got the chance to make their own “racers” and then try them out. More photos ahead:Read More
Sights and sounds, we should say – Pourquoi Pas is playing at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market today. Warm melodies for a day that’s warmer than it looks, if you haven’t been out yet. And to get into an even-more-tropical mood, notice the parrots atop the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle tent:
However, Mike LaFranchi is pouring coffee beneath the tent, not piña coladas. (You can find granitas at the Rockridge Orchards booth, though.) More colorful sights – plants that don’t need blossoms to show color:
But of course flowers are available too. Even tulips, at this relatively late date:
As for today’s veggies – if there’s still some left, we highly recommend the giant romaine heads ($3) at Willie Green’s! The market’s open till 2 pm, as always on Sundays, 44th/Alaska in The Junction.
(Photo added 11:58 am – Kate awaiting would-be egg-decorators in the Kids’ Tent)
Just in case you weren’t sure – when they say the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is year-round, they mean it, including Easter Sunday. Till 2 pm today, 44th/Alaska. Market manager Catherine Burke shared advance word this week that today’s highlights include egg-coloring for kids (hosted by West Seattle Helpline – bought your tickets for their Taste of West Seattle fundraiser yet?) and growers selling asparagus, rhubarb, early greens, and plant starts.