Great local food knows no season. Lucky for us here in the Northwest, neither do some of the best farmers markets. For regular market-goers, the chance to find the best local produce, artisan foods and handmade arts and crafts never ends. Nor does the opportunity to meet the farmers who are out there growing veggies all year long.
Heading to the farmers market in January may require sporting a warmer coat than in July, but the benefits – fresh, local food, dedicated artisans and a bustling community scene – stay the same no matter the time of year.
Here are a few of the best year-round farmers markets in Seattle and Portland.
Ballard Farmers Market — Beautiful flowers, seasonal produce and fresh seafood keep people smiling at this popular Seattle market. Throw in lots of friendly canines and an eclectic mix of buskers and Ballard is hard to beat. Located on Ballard Ave. NW between Vernon Place and 22nd Ave. NW. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
University District Farmers Market — One of Seattle’s oldest and largest farmers markets, this market cuts out arts and crafts to focus almost entirely on fresh produce and farm products like eggs, meat and honey. Located on the corner of University Way NE and NE 50th St. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
West Seattle Farmers Market — Small in size but not in variety, this popular market offers a little bit of everything, from produce and local dairy products to seafood and wine. Located at 44th Ave. and SW Alaska St. at the center of the West Seattle Junction. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Lloyd Farmers Market — This charming little gem in Portland’s Lloyd District features produce, flowers and usually a food vendor or two for a quick lunch. Located in the Oregon Square Courtyard on NW Holladay St. between NE 7th and NWE 9th avenues. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays (except for Dec. 24 and 31).
People’s Farmers Market — People in Portland love People’s Food Co-op and their year-round farmers market, which is small but well-stocked with local produce, plants and area vendors peddling everything from artisan bread to tamales. Located at People’s Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st Ave. Open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
Hollywood Farmers Market — One of Portland’s most popular farmers markets, this bustling scene stays lively throughout the winter with plenty of fresh offerings, from apples and bok choy to lamb and pork. The market also hosts live music and other events through the end of November. Located on NE Hancock St. between NE 44th and NE 45th streets. Open the first and third Saturdays of every month December through April and every Saturday from May through November. May through October hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and November through April hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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