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“Year-round farmer's market experience”

Ballard Farmer's Market
Ranked #74 of 438 things to do in Seattle
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Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Year-round farmer's market experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

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.

Visited May 2012
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Durango, Colorado
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77 reviews
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“Great option for produce.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

This market is much less of a tourist attraction than something like the Pikes Place Market, and feels more like a local, out-door, produce only grocery store. It is a farmers market so selection is obviously produce focused and very limited on local seafood or meats. Coming from a town that is big on farmers markets and local produce this venue may be a bit under appreciated and may be deserving of 5-star as it is fairly high quality with a large selection and decent pricing on most items. Crowds were present during several visits but not overwhelmingly busy and seemed like mostly locals.

Visited July 2011
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annapolis, md
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“Great variety, good food, and a fun way to spend the day.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

This was a BIG market packed with local goodies: salmon, oysters, veggies, breads, honey, herbs, teas, jams, jewelry, clothing, sauces, crepes, pizza, ice cream etc. etc.

It was a joy to walk around even if I could only look at the fresh produce as I was leaving for the East Coast that same day. Luckily my family members were local, so I was able to sample some of the produce they bought. I forgot what a real carrot should taste like after sampling one. Wow.

Veraci Pizza has a booth with their own portable wood fired oven. The wild mushroom topped pizza was exceptional. The thin crust had that nice char and the sauce, cheese and toppings worked in perfect harmony for a great slice.

If you are in Seattle, this place is a must visit. Ballard itself is chock full of interesting shops, numerous and diverse restaurants, eateries and bakeries. You won't get bored or hungry.

Visited April 2012
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Seattle, USA
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“The Rue Cler of Seattle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

Those of you familiar with Rick Steves know that one of his favorite places in Paris is the rue Cler. This is a street full of artisinal bakeries and cafes and cool antique shops and vintage book stores. Ballard Avenue, where the market is held, is very similar. The shops are great, and the MARKET! Oh, the market! This will blow the doors off any grocery store you have ever been to. There is lots of fresh produce - more in the summer, but still good choices in the winter. There are also cheese makers, bread & pastry, local salmon and shell fish, grass fed meat, organic free range eggs, flowers, soap, jam and - my favorite - Phocus Pharms, purveyors of the most interesting variety of succulents you will ever see in a farmers market. I like to take my kids and dog and bike. I am local, too, so I always wait to see who I will meet. I have a perfect track record of finding someone I know in the crowd. There are also street performers, who range from totally adorable (my neighbors' kids and their violins) to the esoteric (poetry typed while you wait) and danceable (variations on blue grass and alt country). My advice: 1) Walk, bike or bus when you can, because parking is really hard on Sundays in Ballard. 2) Get cash the night before or plan a small wait in the ATM lines, 3) Bring a sturdy bag or basket to carry home all of your wonderful treasures. 4) Bring your smile - you'll need it!

Visited March 2012
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CA
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“A visit here is AN EVENT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

We have been here many times when visiting in Seattle. Sometimes we go with a mission of buying some fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and sometimes we just go to walk around for fun. We never get there when it opens, but still there is enough selection of produce. It is fun to pick up lunch while there because there are some really good choices. It is very well attended. We like to buy local homemade pasta, soups, cheese, produce, etc. We have bought fresh flowers, candy, desserts - in other words, this farmer's market seems to have it all. Your biggest problem will be figuring out where to park. We like to park down on Leary and walk over a few blocks. Even better, ride the bus to get there. They have an extensive bus system in Seattle, so you can get around very easily. The street that the market is on has some interesting shops and places to get delicious sandwiches. (busy on market days, but worth the wait). In the summer the weather is perfect for enjoying the sun and the experience. During peach season, check out the vendors with fresh peaches.

Visited July 2011
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