One of the joys of living in West Seattle is easy access to the West Seattle Farmer’s Market Started in 1999, this year-round market is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sundays and features more than 35 Washington State farmers and small food processors selling their own fresh-picked seasonal fruits and vegetables.
August is a great time for the market. A short list of some of the seasonal favorites includes: Pole beans, sweet and hot peppers, chanterelles, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, plums, melons, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, rhubarb, sweet corn, eggplants, okra, heirloom tomatoes, lilac and golden cauliflower and French turnips.
For residents of Daystar Retirement Village, getting to the market is as easy as walking out the front door and stepping onto the C Line local toward Seattle at SW Barton and 26th Avenue. After a short ride, you can disembark at Alaska Street and California Avenue for an hour or two of strolling the market and discovering the finest fruits, vegetables and artisan foods of the summer.
Plenty of people at the market will be buying produce for their own kitchens and a week’s worth of menus. But, residents at Daystar don’t have to worry about that. In fact, many of those seasonal fruits and vegetables you’ll see at the market are already on the menu. Our restaurant-style dining means that residents always have several different entrees to choose from, and seasonal fruits and vegetables are always part of the mix. (See a sample menu here.)
If you don’t have plans for cooking up a big meal, there are still plenty of reasons to visit the market.
How about bringing home an oozing, gooey peach pie from Cascade Pies to share with friends? Or a jar of blueberry preserves from Cliffside Orchards? Tall Grass Bakery offers everything from cinnamon buns to sourdough bread. How about a wheel of the popular Ladysmith cheese from Samish Bay Cheese?
In addition to pies, preserves, breads and other baked goods, the market also features specialty products such as oysters, clams, mussels, geoduck, dried beans, dried fruits, organic meats, eggs, goat and cow cheeses, wild salmon, fresh pasta, honey, wines, ciders and hard ciders.
One of the more unusual offerings at the market is Kombucha tea from CommunitiTea. If you haven’t heard about kombucha yet, you will. Although it’s been around for thousands of years, it started showing up in grocery stores in the last five to 10 years. And, as it has gained popularity, it has also gained critics.
Enthusiastic supporters claim its probiotic ingredients aid digestion and convey a host of beneficial health effects, but some in the medical profession have lined up against it. On your next trip to the West Seattle Farmer’s Market you can sample some for yourself and see what the fuss is about.
Or, you could just have a single perfect peach and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of one of the best farmer’s markets around.
A complete listing of vendors at the West Seattle Farmers Market can be found here.