Outings + Activities

Lake Union's FarmBoat Floating Market Open for Summer Business

seattle_floating_farmers_marketThis is exactly the kind of neat activity that makes me feel like a bad Seattleite -- how could I not have known about Lake Union's amazing FarmBoat Floating Market until now? (Just when you think you know all of the city's ins and outs...)

Regardless, I'll certainly be making the trip out for our fresh veggies (and a little floating fun) on this bobbing bounty of goodness soon.

The FarmBoat Floating Market is open for shop each Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lake Union Park Wharf throughout the summer. Housed on the Steamer Virginia V, a 125-foot historical steamboat that was launched in 1922 to provide Seattle and Tacoma with fresh farm goods, this cool market boasts a variety of local vendors with products such as specialty foods, organic fruits and veggies, gourmet cheeses, fresh flowers and artisan crafts.

And it floats!

Got kids in tow while venturing aboard the FarmBoat? Plan some extra time to explore the historic vessel which doubles as a floating museum. The FarmBoat has brought the Steamer Virginia V back to life and the classic vessel offers a fun learning experience for all ages with a look into the past at how our food was once locally transported. (FarmBoat is also currently developing various programs for inner-city youth that will provide maritime cultural education; stay tuned for future details.)

So if you're looking for a cool new activity to do while school's out this summer, don't miss this unique market -- besides the fact that there's plenty to explore once you're aboard the Virginia V, you can also stock up on your home's organic goodies and enjoy a farm-fresh lunch from local vendors, all in one place. Overall, a great boredom buster for the kids -- and a fun day out for Mom and/or Dad!

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