A large, year-round street market with lots of vendors selling seasonal produce and flowers (you'll enjoy the vibrant colors these bring - definitely bring a camera); dairy; meat and poultry/eggs; seafood; snacks; condiments; and some craft. You can also get good street food from Veraci Pizza's portable oven, Anita's Crepes, Dante's Inferno Dogs, etc., and Ballard Avenue is lined with good eating places and interesting shops. You can visit any time of the year and enjoy the experience - for out-of-towners we recommend combining this with a visit to the Ballard Locks, which is only a walking distance away. The only con - and admittedly a local's gripe - is that it can get really crowded on a good weather day with people who are "there for the scene" rather than for shopping. For better grocery shopping experience, we recommend Wallingford's Wednesday Farmer's Market, which is held in lovely Meridian Park. A good subset of Ballard's vendors show up there; it runs from end of May through September.