April showers may bring May flowers, but May in Seattle brings something even more colorful: a fresh crop of seasonal farmers markets. These five picks make for ideal family-friendly foraging!
Queen Anne Farmers Market
Queen Anne’s popular market draws weekly crowds for its music scene, bounty of produce and food truck lineup. Young market-goers explore cooking demos, hands-on experiments and more in the kids’ activity tent, and there’s a dedicated Roots to Shoots program that encourages adventurous taste buds.
Queen Anne Avenue N. and W. Crockett Street, Seattle | Thursdays, June 7–Oct. 11
Wallingford Farmers Market
Plenty of shady picnicking space, a dizzying rainbow of colorful fruit and veg, and an award-winning playground make this urban market in Meridian Park a local family fave. Be sure to grab a refreshing treat from Seattle Pops on a sunny day!
Meridian Avenue N. and N. 50th Street, Seattle | Wednesdays, May 16–Sept. 26
Bothell Farmers Market
Tucked away amidst the quaint shops of Bothell Country Village, this market is beloved by grown-ups for locally grown goodies and performances by local musicians, while kiddos delight in face painting, freshly baked treats, a ship-themed playground and chickens roaming the road.
23718 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell | Fridays, June 1–Sept. 28
Redmond Saturday Market
Redmond’s bustling market features everything from fish to fancy French toast, crêpes to crafts. Pet parades, ponies, hula dancing and make-and-take crafts for kids make for family fun, too. And don’t miss the adorable baby goats from RainySunday Ranch!
7730 Leary Way, Redmond Saturdays, May–October
Tacoma Farmers Market at Point Ruston
Enjoy stunning Puget Sound views as you shop for delicious local treats at the new market at Tacoma’s waterfront Point Ruston. Kiddos can frolic in the Grand Plaza’s cool splash park (stay after dark and enjoy a water light show). For more fun, skip the parking and get there aboard Tacoma’s Downtown to Defiance Trolley!
Point Ruston Grand Plaza, 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma | Sundays, June–Sept.
Kids ready to be brave and try new produce?
At the Bellevue Farmers Market, kids can join the Power of Produce (POP) Club and get rewarded for trying new foods — at least two bites! Kids earn stamps and credits that can be used to buy produce from participating vendors. POP Club is for ages 3–12 and it's free to join. The Bellevue Farmers Market takes places Thursday afternoons, May 17–Oct. 11, in the parking lot of Bellevue Presbyterian Church.