Thursday Outing: The Lake Union FarmBoat

Published on: December 30, 2013

farmboat-lake-union-floating-market01If the sunny weather continues, tomorrow will be a standout day for visiting the FarmBoat Floating Market, a Thursday farmers market at Lake Union that's housed in a 125-foot historical steamboat, the Steamer Virginia V. The market is open each Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lake Union Park Wharf from May until December, and boasts a variety of local vendors with products such as specialty foods, organic fruits and veggies, gourmet cheeses, fresh flowers and artisan crafts.

If you're bringing your kids (and why wouldn't you?), plan some extra time to explore the historic vessel which doubles as a floating museum. The FarmBoat has revived the steamer, which was launched in 1922 to provide Seattle and Tacoma with fresh farm goods, 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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