University District between 50th & 52nd
5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
The University District Farmers Market is one of the biggest farmer's markets in Seattle and the only big market open on Saturdays. Like the Ballard market (open on Sundays), this is also a big market, but this one has more space and a calmer vibe. Going to a Seattle area farmers market is the most fun you can have with your kids and still end up coming home with groceries!
University Way NE between 50th & 52nd
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Light Rail: The U District station is two blocks away from the farmers market.
Parking: Suggested donation of $3 (pay at Market Manager booth) for use of U Heights parking lots.
Here are three reasons to visit your a farmers market:
Not only are there tables piled high with fresh crops from local farmers, but there are also great street food vendors, so you can grab lunch or a snack while you are there. And that’s not counting the fruits and vegetables that are consumed on the way home. Watch your kid get a sudden appetite for donut peaches, snap peas or some other seasonal treat. Even though you might have had plans to have some to eat later, it’s hard to argue with your child eating too many fresh fruits or vegetables. And if you are in a recipe rut, a spontaneous buy at a farmer’s market table is a great way to liven your routine and discover new tastes.
Not only will your kids have the chance to chat with the people who grew their food, but they will also run into neighbors, former classmates, sports teammates or old friends they don’t see often enough. There is usually a puppy or two to greet and an array of strangers dressed in extraordinary ways.
Every busy Seattle area farmers market has buskers playing acoustic tunes spanning all manner of genres. Alongside the farmers, there are artisans selling their colorful creations. And there are sometimes kids’ activities.