West Seattle, Washington
That’s the booth to look for at the south end of the Farmers’ Market, where the West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Cocoa and Coat Drive is headquartered. Generous folks had already filled the bin just half an hour into it – when we stopped by, the bin had been emptied once, and more donations had started to fill it again:
Bring gently used coat(s), scarves, and other keeping-warm clothing items before 2 pm – you’re helping the West Seattle Helpline and the neighbors it assists! You’ll be offered a hearty thanks as well as cocoa or coffee.
Here’s a reason to get to the West Seattle Farmers’ Market right at the start tomorrow: Your last chance to get a free “swag bag”! The last 100 bags, full of freebies and coupons from local businesses and organizations. The bags were created through a grant-funded collaboration of the Junction Association and Chamber of Commerce. They’ll be available starting at 10 am Sunday at the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth at the south end of the market, right at California/Alaska, until they’re gone.
Last month, West Seattle Farmers’ Market founder Chris Curtis rang the market-opening bell to commemorate the market’s 20th anniversary. Today, another ceremonial bell-ringing, preceded by District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold reading the mayor- and council-approved proclamation in honor of the anniversary:
After the annual relocation of the market to its old spot during West Seattle Summer Fest last weekend, it was back in the usual spot today on California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska.
That sign represents one of two things you need to know about next Sunday, which will be the third day of West Seattle Summer Fest 2019: The West Seattle Farmers’ Market will be back in its original location, the lot behind KeyBank/Bin 41/Pharmaca, since festival booths will be occupying its usual space. Same time, 10 am-2 pm.
Speaking of time, the official Summer Fest start time will be 10 am on Sunday, not 11 am as in past years – people start showing up at 10 am anyway, because of the Farmers’ Market, so the festival-presenting West Seattle Junction Association decided to go ahead and make that the official Sunday start time (as it is for Friday and Saturday, both with 10 am-8 pm festival hours and music running later, though on Sunday everything wraps up at 5). WSB is a Summer Fest co-sponsor again this year and we look forward to seeing you again in the heart of The Junction, starting Thursday night for Summer Fest Eve once the streets close!
If you haven’t been to the West Seattle Farmers’ Market yet today, look for those special markers when you go – they were presented to the 10+ vendors who’ve been part of the WSFM since it opened 20 years ago. Today’s market marks that milestone anniversary, and founder Chris Curtis rang the opening bell:
Here’s the birthday cake:
If you’re new here, you might not remember that the market used to be in the parking lot behind Key Bank/Bin 41/Pharmaca – four years ago, it moved out into the street. (One day a year – on Summer Fest Sunday – the market moves back to that spot, so look for it there on July 14th.)
Three West Seattle Junction notes:
FIRST WEST SEATTLE .5 K: The first-time West Seattle .5K today was a sudsy success, with seven venues participating in the sold-out event that put a different twist on the term “beer run.” The Beer Junction was packet-pickup central before the four-hour .5K began:
More than 200 peoole signed up. If you missed out, watch for early word next year.
MURAL RESTORATION: Work continued this week on the next historic Junction mural to get some TLC:
THat’s Bob Henry at work on the “West Seattle Ferries” mural behind the KeyBank/Bin 41/Pharmaca building. As we reported last month, crowdfunding continues to cover the costs of restoration, and a commemorative keychain remains available through the end of this month for donations of $50 and up. Here’s how to donate.
FARMERS’ MARKET PARTY SUNDAY: And one more reminder that tomorrow brings a party at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in the heart of The Junction – it’s celebrating 20 years, with cake (first-come first-served) and founder Chris Curtis ringing the opening bell at 10 am. See you there!
No, that’s by no means the most impressive view of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market – but it’s a reminder that the market is open every Sunday, year-round, whatever the weather. And today we’ve received word that the WSFM next Sunday (June 16th) will also include a party – the market’s 20th anniversary! Here’s the announcement:
Cheers for 20 years! Dress in pink and help us celebrate delicious food, passionate vendors, devoted shoppers, and our incredible community partners at the market this Sunday!
Neighborhood Farmers Markets announces its 20-year celebration of the West Seattle Farmers Market.
“The West Seattle Farmers Market has always been close to my heart. The funding and community support it needed was found at the beginning and the West Seattle community has continued to support it since its inception,” says Chris Curtis, founder of Neighborhood Farmers Markets. “It was a tremendous amount of work to get this market open in 1999. I don’t remember ever being so tired planning on its opening and running the University District Farmers Market at the same time.”
The 20-year celebration will take place in the West Seattle Farmers Market at SW Alaska St & California Ave SW on Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 10 AM – 2 PM.
Special events include:
• Chris Curtis, Founder of Neighborhood Farmers Markets, to ring the market opening bell.
• Cake! Come early for a slice. Decorate yourself with a market sticker and temporary tattoo.
• Share your love for the market and vendors with interactive appreciation stations near the market manager tent located in the middle of the market.
• Snap and share a photo of you at the market in our beet photo frame for a chance to win over $50 in market merchandize and prizes. Including $20 in market gift certificates, a West Seattle tote bag, drink bottle, and baby onesie. Runner up prizes for Kittitas Valley Greenhouse tomatoes and Little Prague pastries. Details for entry will be displayed at market near the beet frame.
“With the help of our amazing community of shoppers, the West Seattle market continues to hit historic sales records! We are so excited to celebrate the amazing growth of this market at our 20th Anniversary celebration and want to appreciate all those who support the market and our incredible vendors!” says Jonica Strongman, market manager, West Seattle and Columbia City farmers markets.
It’s been four years since the market moved out onto California between Oregon and Alaska from its old home in the parking lot on the southeast corner of 44th and Alaska. (It returns there one day a year, on Summer Fest Sunday, which will be July 14th this year.)
Just in case you were wondering – yes, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is happening today as usual, 10 am-2 pm in the heart of The Junction. The SDOT cam above even shows the setup under way. However, as mentioned last night and noted on our non-business cancellations/postponements list, the city’s planned info booth about the 48th/Charlestown park site will be rescheduled for a TBD date.
ADDED 12:32 PM: A very small Farmers Market – no produce except potatoes and microgreens. But it’s a good day for frozen purchases – meat and soup!
Produce does not need to be flawless to be delicious. You probably already know that. The point was reinforced at the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth at today’s West Seattle Farmers’ Market, as vendors contributed entries for the “Ugliest Produce” contest. Market shoppers voted with beans. And the winner was …
… a tomato from Kittitas Valley Greenhouse.
Love the West Seattle Farmers’ Market? It doesn’t just spontaneously happen every Sunday … it, and counterparts around the city, are run by the Neighborhood Farmers’ Markets, whose annual fundraiser is coming up. WS market manager Sam Kielty asked us to extend the invitation to you to get tickets for “An Incredible Feast,” 5-8 pm September 23rd at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3541 NE 41st). The food and beverages come from local farmers, chefs, breweries, and wineries – see some of them listed here. “Incredible Feast” proceeds also support the farmers via the Good Farmer Fund. You can get your ticket(s) here.
While we’re working on our last West Seattle Summer Fest report of the night, a reminder about Sunday – Yes, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market IS happening, 10 am-2 pm as always. But since its regular home in the middle of California SW is occupied by street-fair booths, you’ll find the market vendors in the WSFM’s old spot, the parking lot behind KeyBank – south side of SW Alaska, between 44th SW and the alley west of California SW. P.S. Remember that alhough the market starts at 10 as always, Summer Fest booths don’t officially open until 11 am.
Two notes from today’s West Seattle Farmers’ Market:
COOKING DEMO: Did you get to visit the Seattle Public Library booth with West Seattle-based cookbook author/chef Kim O’Donnel demonstrating a recipe from her book PNW Veg? The recipe was Kohlrabi Slaw, and after getting Kim’s explanation of the vegetable’s versatility – it’s a member of the cabbage/broccoli/cauliflower (brassica) family! – we promptly picked up a beautiful $3 bundle of three purple kohlrabi bulbs elsewhere at the market. If you missed Kim (who’s holding a “torpedo onion” in our photo), her book remains available at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor).
And a reminder for next Sunday, courtesy of the chalkboard we photographed today:
MARKET MOVES FOR SUMMER FEST: On West Seattle Summer Fest Sunday, it’s the number one question at our temp HQ in the Info Booth: “Where’s the Farmers’ Market?” Answer: On that day only (July 15th this year), it’s back in its original spot, the parking lot behind KeyBank on the southwest corner of California/Alaska. Same hours – 10 am to 2 pm. (But festival hours on Sunday are 11 am-5 pm, so if you’re going to the WSFM, do it first, then come enjoy Summer Fest!)
Besides the farmers’ stands – and holiday greenery! – at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market until 2 pm, here’s some of what else you’ll find:
SANTA TROLLEY: With the weather chillier, cloudier, and breezier than last week, it’s an even-more-perfect day to take a trolley ride around The Junction!
Catch it at California/Alaska by Easy Street Records. And steps away…
Toward the northeast side of the market …
ROTARY POP-UP: Outside the Sisson Building on the east side of California just south of Oregon, say hi to Ann and Len of the Rotary Club of West Seattle:
Just look for their blue-and-gold tent. And yes, the market WILL be open the next two Sundays!
Haven’t made it to the West Seattle Farmers’ Market yet today? Here are three reasons to go despite the intermittently blustery weather: Above, as mentioned in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, the Pathfinder K-8 handmade wreaths are back for another year, technically just south of the market on the KeyBank corner at California/Alaska – they raise money for Pathfinder students’ outdoor education. (They’re scheduled to be back the next two Sundays, too.) Below – Christmas trees!
Three Tree Farms from Mossyrock is on the east side of the market with fresh trees. And on the south end of the market, the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle has tickets for next Saturday’s pancake breakfast:
The 7-11 am drop-in event (with community sponsors including WSB) at Alki Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds in The Junction) on December 2nd is a festive way to start the biggest Saturday of the season – and it’s a great family deal because kids under 10 eat free with a paying adult, and Santa’s there for photos. If you don’t get your ticket from the Kiwanis today, you can also buy online – or, for a bit more, at the door next Saturday.
12:01 PM: At the south end of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, until 2 pm, it’s the Seattle Parks “open house” for the future two-thirds-of-an-acre park that’ll be three blocks away, in the 4700 block of 40th SW [map]. Stop by and you’ll get the chance to “vote” on which of more than 30 “design elements” you’d like to see at the park – they’re on paper ballots being handed out, and on one of the easels:
That’s project manager Karimah Edwards at left in the photo above. The “design elements” aren’t on the project website yet, but we’re told they will be soon. The park site was purchased for $1.4 million in 2012 and “landbanked”; until recently, it was home to temporary Fire Station 32 while the new station was under construction. Almost $2 million for design and development was set aside from the Park District levy; the park is to be designed next year, and built in 2019.
ADDED 2:20 PM: Your next chance to talk about the future park will be at the Junction Neighborhood Organization‘s upcoming meeting, 6:30 pm September 19th at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon) – Parks’ project team is scheduled to be there.
You might already know this, but more than a few people have asked us, so we’re publishing this reminder: Even though West Seattle Summer Fest booths have taken over the usual Farmers’ Market spots on California between Alaska and Oregon, the market DOES happen tomorrow. Just for this one Sunday a year, you’ll find it in the lot where it used to be located – behind KeyBank, Bin 41, Pharmaca, etc. along the south side of SW Alaska, west of California. Hours are the same as every Sunday, 10 am-2 pm.
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.)