West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle Farmers’ Market http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 May 2015 00:26:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Farmers’ Market moving out of the lot, into the street http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-farmers-market-moving-out-of-the-lot-into-the-street/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-farmers-market-moving-out-of-the-lot-into-the-street/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:40:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304214

(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 born by market management, according to WSJA’s Melrose.

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West Seattle food: Sod House Bakery joins Farmers’ Market lineup http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-food-sod-house-bakery-joins-farmers-market-lineup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-food-sod-house-bakery-joins-farmers-market-lineup/#comments Sun, 02 Mar 2014 05:46:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266481

(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.

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In The Junction now: Sophia’s Lemonade Stand, River Farm at Farmers’ Market http://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/in-the-junction-now-sophias-lemonade-stand-river-farm-at-farmers-market/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/in-the-junction-now-sophias-lemonade-stand-river-farm-at-farmers-market/#comments Sun, 19 Aug 2012 19:51:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=119093 (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.

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West Seattle Farmers’ Market vendor suffers Taylor Bridge Fire loss http://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/west-seattle-farmers-market-vendor-suffers-taylor-bridge-fire-loss/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/west-seattle-farmers-market-vendor-suffers-taylor-bridge-fire-loss/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:44:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=118900

(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.)

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Happening today: West Seattle Farmers’ Market and more http://westseattleblog.com/2012/02/happening-today-west-seattle-farmers-market-and-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/02/happening-today-west-seattle-farmers-market-and-more/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:13:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=101760

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 Sunday: Adopt-a-thon/benefit; Farmers’ Market http://westseattleblog.com/2012/01/west-seattle-sunday-adopt-a-thonbenefit-farmers-market/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/01/west-seattle-sunday-adopt-a-thonbenefit-farmers-market/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:51:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=97782 (LOOKING FOR SNOW COVERAGE? UPDATES ARE HERE)

Just a few notes from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar, as we settle into a day that seems destined to be punctuated by snow showers/flurries (morning coverage here):

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.”

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Tonight in The Junction: Farmers’ Market, Shop Late Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2011/12/tonight-in-the-junction-farmers-market-shop-late-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/12/tonight-in-the-junction-farmers-market-shop-late-thursday/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:43:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=96023

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.

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Update: West Seattle Junction scenes – lights-recycling plus Hometown Holidays http://westseattleblog.com/2011/12/happening-now-last-sunday-before-christmas-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/12/happening-now-last-sunday-before-christmas-in-the-junction/#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2011 20:50:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=95661

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!).

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West Seattle holidays: Pathfinder wreaths @ Farmers’ Market http://westseattleblog.com/2011/11/west-seattle-holidays-pathfinder-wreaths-farmers-market/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/11/west-seattle-holidays-pathfinder-wreaths-farmers-market/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2011 19:57:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=92718

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.

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At the West Seattle Farmers’ Market: ‘The Sallys,’ and the Kiwanis http://westseattleblog.com/2011/11/at-the-west-seattle-farmers-market-the-sallys-and-the-kiwanis/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/11/at-the-west-seattle-farmers-market-the-sallys-and-the-kiwanis/#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2011 19:15:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=92064

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.

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2 chances this week to talk with City Councilmembers: Delridge District Council, West Seattle Farmers’ Market http://westseattleblog.com/2011/11/2-chances-this-week-to-talk-with-city-councilmembers-delridge-district-council-west-seattle-farmers-market/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/11/2-chances-this-week-to-talk-with-city-councilmembers-delridge-district-council-west-seattle-farmers-market/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:48:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=91616 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).

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West Seattle Farmers’ Market gets squashed: Zucchini 500! http://westseattleblog.com/2011/09/west-seattle-farmers-market-gets-squashed-zucchini-500/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/09/west-seattle-farmers-market-gets-squashed-zucchini-500/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2011 22:33:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=86280

(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:

First, came the creating:

Then of course you have to take a closer look at what you came up with:

See how it looks on the course …

And finally … everybody’s rolling!

The Farmers’ Market had chef demonstrations today too – photos from those (and the lone entrant in the odd/ugly squash contest), a bit later.

9:13 AM MONDAY: The squash:

Farmers’ Market folks tell us that if you’re a home food grower, keep this contest in mind NEXT year, and grow something to enter! Meantime, some chef photos from Sunday are still in the hopper.

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Happening now: West Seattle Farmers’ Market sights http://westseattleblog.com/2011/05/happening-now-west-seattle-farmers-market-sights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/05/happening-now-west-seattle-farmers-market-sights/#comments Sun, 29 May 2011 18:51:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=74574

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.

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West Seattle Easter: Yes, there’s a Farmers’ Market today http://westseattleblog.com/2011/04/west-seattle-easter-yes-theres-a-farmers-market-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/04/west-seattle-easter-yes-theres-a-farmers-market-today/#comments Sun, 24 Apr 2011 17:06:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=70741

(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.

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West Seattle Farmers’ Market tomorrow: Music; new farmer; sewing http://westseattleblog.com/2011/02/west-seattle-farmers-market-tomorrow-music-new-farmer-sewing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/02/west-seattle-farmers-market-tomorrow-music-new-farmer-sewing/#comments Sun, 20 Feb 2011 01:51:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=64439 Every time we stop by the West Seattle Farmers’ Market on Sunday and see live music, we’ve wished it had been announced ahead of time so we could have mentioned it here. Tonight – there’s advance notice! Great news for an expected-to-be-sunny Sunday market – market manager Catherine Burke sends word that tomorrow they’ll have “folksy MOZO music, a Tool Library demo and a new farmer, Silver Springs Creamery (fresh cow and goat milk!)” A tweet from the West Seattle Tool Library itself elaborates on the demonstration: Sewing machines making produce bags. As always, year-round, the WS Farmers’ Market is at 44th/Alaska.

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