Family Friendly Farmers Market
Winner: Ballard Farmers Market
Ballard families love visiting the Ballard Farmers Market, open on Sundays year-round. The market boasts a diverse group of local vendors as well as entertaining buskers on a street lined with charming boutiques. We won’t tell if you indulge in hot dogs and mini doughnuts while you shop for local, organic produce and healthy prepared foods for the week ahead.
On Saturdays from late March through mid-December, the independent Proctor Farmers Market in Tacoma supports local farmers by providing a venue for direct marketing to urban consumers. Keep an eye out for the kids’ booth, which offers a different craft or activity every week.
The Redmond Saturday Market runs from May through October. The Eastside’s oldest farmers market includes live bands weekly and fun events such as zucchini races, hula dancers, free crafts for kids and pet parades throughout the season.
There are seven markets in the Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets group, but two year-round markets stand out as reader favorites: the Saturday University District Neighborhood Farmers Market on the Ave, and the Sunday West Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market at the Junction.