Summer Finally Hits Seattle!

Farmers MarketIt looks like Seattle's dreary weather is finally going away (at least for this weekend), just in time for the opening of some of Seattle's great neighborhood Farmer's Markets!

One of Seattle's newest, the Phinney Farmers Market is kicking off its second year this Friday, May 16th. Through October 3rd you can shop at the Phinney Neighborhood Center (67th & Phinney Ave N) every Friday from 3-7pm.

The Madison/Madrona Farmers Market is opening this Friday as well from 3-7pm (MLK Jr. Way & E Union) through September 26th. Previously known as the MadCap Market, when it was closer to Capitol Hill, this neighborhood market features fresh produce, free range meats and wild fish, artisan breads and cheeses, flowers and crafts.

The University Street Fair is a great way to kick of fthe summer season – Saturday & Sunday, May 17th & 18th. With tons of local craft and food vendors, entertainers, music and of course the University Farmers Market will be open its usual time as well from Saturday 9am-2pm at the University Heights Community Center (University Way & NE 50th St).

Seattle's most famous market, Pike Place Market, in downtown Seattle will be hosting its fourth annual Cheese Festival this weekend. May 16th thru 18th. Come down and sample beers, wines and of course cheeses, take part in cooking demonstrations or bring the kids down for the Kids Costume Parade!

Farmer's markets are a great way to get out into the sunshine, support local vendors and growers, and stock up on fresh produce, flowers, organics and handmade crafts. For a complete list of Markets around the Sound visit the Washington State Farmers Markets Association.