Summer in Seattle and environs is the season we all wait for, and it brings not just sunny days, but an amazingly fresh and colorful bounty of offerings at local 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 through Oct. 10
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 through late September
Renton Farmers Market
This centrally located market features food trucks each week, live entertainment — such as island-inspired performers Mahalo Hula O' Lono — and master gardeners doling out veggie-growing advice. Find kids' activities in the Kid's Patch and browse library materials from KCLS on select market days.
2S. Third St. and Burnett Ave. S., Renton | Tuesdays through September
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. Kids can even sign up to sell their wares on select dates as this market; find out more online.
7730 Leary Way, Redmond Saturdays through Oct. 26
Tacoma Farmers Market at Point Ruston
Enjoy stunning Puget Sound views as you shop for delicious local treats at this newer 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 by human power on the Wilson Way bridge and trail.
Point Ruston Grand Plaza, 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma | Sundays through September
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 in the parking lot of Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2018 and updated for 2019.