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Heirloom apples, beautiful brassicas, jack-o-lantern pumpkins, and the season's first fresh cranberries!

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Unique at the Farmers Markets:

Produce you probably won't find anywhere else...

  • Quail, duck and goose eggs from select farmers
  • Japanese heirloom greens and vegetables from Mair Farm Taki at U-District Market
  • Locally made cider, beer, brandy and non alcoholic beverages like kombucha and ginger tea
  • Goats Milk Laundry Detergent from Growing Things at U-District Farmers Market


Ask our staff at the market info booths if you have questions or can't find what you're looking for.

APPLES Galore!

Macoun, Golden Russet, Jonathan, Prairie Spy, Pirus and more.

apples Oct 2016


What's Ripe & Ready?

Please note: we do our best to keep up with what farms and vendors do and don't have, but as always Mother Nature has the final word.



Beans - Fresh Green Beans.  Fresh Shelling Beans (Bolotti, Cranberry, Cannellini)  

Dried Shell Beans:  Black Turtle, Cranberry, Cannellini, Peruvian

Beets - Red, Golden, Chioggia

Broccoli and Broccolini

Cabbage - Savoy, Red and Green


Carrots - orange, maroon, purple, juicing 

Cauliflower - white, gold and purple



Celtuce - a cross between celery and lettuce

Chestnuts - with burrs, or without for roasting


Corn - Yellow, White and Bi-color

Cucumbers - pickling and slicing, last of season

Edamame - fresh on the vine

Fava Beans


Garlic - many varieties, mild to hot

Greens -  Spinach, Dandelion, Kale, Italian, Heirloom, Lacinato Kale, Arugula, Mizuna, Collards, Mustards, Chard, Rainbow Chard, Bok Choy

Herbs -  Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Oregano, Lavender, Tarragon, Chives, Parsley


Microgreens - Radish, Bok Choy

Onions -  Red Torpedo, Walla Walla sweets, bunching onions, scallions, boiling onions

Mushrooms: Sno Valley at WS, CapHill and UD and Terra Fleurs at WS (fresh mushrooms and growing kits - Lions’ Mane, Shitake, Oyster, Reishi)

Wild Mushrooms from Foraged and Found at UD - Fresh wild Chanterelles, Cauliflower, Porcini, Truffles, Lobster.  Dried varieties.

Sweet Peppers - yellow, red, ivory, lilac, and green bell peppers

Peppers - Mild, Medium, Hot and Very Hot! Shishito, Banana, Jalapeno, Pimento, Hatch,Jimmie Nardello, Italian Frying, Cayenne, Padron, Zsa Zsa...dozens more! 

Roasted Sweet Peppers!  at UD

Dried Peppers -  powders and dried whole Hot Pepper Powders: Hatch, Portugal, Joe Parker, Sandia, Cayenne, Jalapeno, Chili de Arbol, Guajillo. Sweet Pepper Powders and Dried Veggies: Dried Heirloom Tomatoes, Dried Roma Tomatoes, Veggie Chips

Vegetables (continued)

Potatoes: White, red, yukon, blue, purple, baking, fingerling, and bags of baby spuds.




Squash - Summer varieties (patty pan, zucchini, etc.)  

Autumn Squash: Butternut, Acorn, Heirlooms, Soup Pumpkins, Jack o'Lanterns, Sugar Pie 

Tomatoes: Cherry, Heirloom, Beefsteak, Romas...dozens of varieties. Field ripened.




Apples:  Honeycrisp, Macoun, Macintosh, Sweet 16, Pink Pearl, Pendragon, Golden, Cox's Orange Pippin, Tydeman, Swiss Arlet, Akane, Cortland, Bramley, Newton's Wonder, Prairie Spy, King David, Gala, Fuji, Liberty, Ruby Jon, Snow Sweet, Red Cortland, Jonamac, Black Jonathan, Ashmead's Kernal, Pinova, Rubinette, Shusaki, Holstein, Spygold, King Solomon, Smokehouse, Tompkins King, Keepsake, Kids Orange Red, Empire, Roxbury Russet, Jonagold

Cranberries: fresh!

Pears: Bartlett (Green and Red), Bosc, Seckel, Comice, English Williams, Purple Goddess, Clara Frijs, Orcas, Magness, Flemish, Concord, Harvest Moon, Abbe Fetel, Warren, Super Finn

Asian Pears:  Hosui, Chojuro, Hojiru, Shinseiki,Younginashi

Kiwis - Hardy (also known as "kiwi berries")





Raw, local, unheated & unfiltered, at all markets, from various farmers and apiaries.


Appel Farms:  Cow's milk cheeses:  Cheddar, Gouda, Paneer, Quark, Curds.  (UD and CC)

The Farmstead:  Goat's milk cheeses; fresh lightly salted chevre, honey vanilla chevre, feta. (UD and CH) 

Glendale Shepherd: Yogurt, Feta, Sheep’s milk aged Basque-style Tomme. At UD only.

Left Foot Farm: Goats milk. WS, UD and CC.

Samish Bay:  Cow’s Milk Fresh Yogurts – Greek style, too. Cow’s milk cheeses: Ladysmith, Chive Ladysmith, Arugula Ladysmith, Black Mambazo, Aged Reserve Gouda (9 years), Queso Fresco, Queso Diablo, Queso Jalapeño, Fresh Mozzarella, Feta, Labneh. Also Organic Gouda, Flavored Goudas, Mont Blanchard Cheddar, Montasio (raw milk), Port Edison (raw milk). Cheeses from one day old to 9 or more years old. At CH, UD, WS

Sea Breeze Farm:  Aged Cow’s milk (5 mos.) tome rounds, fresh whey Ricotta, Raw Milk, Raw Heavy Cream.  At UD, CC 

Tieton Farm and Creamery - Farmstead artisan goat and sheep cheeses.  Fresh soft and aged hard varieties.  (CC only)

YOGURT - Farm-fresh yogurts from Samish Bay (cow's milk) (UD, WS, CapHill), Glendale Shepherd (sheep's milk) (UD). Processed local yogurt from Ellenos Real Greek at CH, WS and UD.

Ice Cream

  • Sweet Bumpas (CH)
  • Half Pint (CC)
  • Seattle Pops (CC, UD, WS)

Meat, Poultry, Rabbit

PORK - Organic/Pasture-Raised-and-Finished pork. All cuts: Loins, Chops, Roasts, Bacon, Ribs, Sausages, Porchetta, Pancetta, Coppa, Lard.

  • Samish Bay (UD, WS, CH,)
  • Skagit River Ranch (UD)
  • Olsen Farms   (UD, WS CH,CC)
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD and CC)

BEEF - Organic/Pasture-Raised-and-Finished beef at all markets. All cuts: Steaks, Roasts, Hamburger, Ribs, Summer Sausage, Andouille Sausage, Jerky, London Broil, Hot Dogs, Bratwurst, soup bones, dog bones.

  • Samish Bay (CapHill, UD, WS)
  • Skagit River Ranch (UD)
  • Growing Things (UD) 
  • Olsen Farms ( CapHill, UD, WS, CC)
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD, CC)
  • Stokesberry Farm (UD)

POULTRY - Free-run, locally-raised chicken/poultry. Fryers, Stewing Hens and Roasters. Poultry Parts, Sausage, Chicken liver (pate) and chicken stock. Fresh and Frozen. Goose, Guinea Fowl, Duck and Turkey (whole and parts) also available as seasons permit

  • Green Bow Farm -  Large roasters (WS only) 
  • Stokesberry Sustainable Farm -  Fresh Duck, Chicken, Turkey, Stewing hens, Chicken Parts, Fresh Roasters, Fresh and Frozen Whole Duck, Chicken Sausage (sage & garlic, maple, plain ground, Chipotle Tequila, Shitake and Sage, Fremont Beer Bratwurst. (UD only)
  • Growing Things - whole roasters (UD only) 
  • Rathbun and Moore - chicken, ducks, turkeys (CH)
  • Growing Washington -  (UD, WS,CH, CC)
  • Skagit River Ranch - whole roasters (UD only) 
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD, CC)
  • Kirsop Farm (WS, CC)

VEAL - Ribs, Loin Chops, Top Round, Shanks. From Sea Breeze Farm (UD,CC) – limited availability.

LAMB - Leg of Lamb, Rack of Lamb, Lamb Saddle Roast - fresh cuts, ground fresh, from:

  • Glendale Shepherd -  Lamb cuts and  chorizo (frozen)  (UD only)
  • Stokesberry Farm -  Icelandic Lamb (UD only)
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD and WS)
  • Olsen Farms -  ground, cuts ( CapHill, WS, UD, CC)
  • Skagit River Ranch - (UD only) 
  • Green Bow Farm - mutton, too, limited quantities  (WS only)

RABBIT - Whole rabbit (limited quantities) from Growing Washington (CapHill, WS, CC, UD) 

Pate' de Foie, Pate’ de Campagne, Chicken Liver Mousse, Head Cheese, Pork Rillettes (chicken, pork and calf liver with red wine, cream and garlic) from Sea Breeze (UD, CC)

SOUP STOCKS - Veal, chicken, beef, duck and lamb stocks; rich, gelatinous stocks for your best home recipes from Sea Breeze Farms (UD and CC) and Stokesberry Farms. (UD only)


WILD SALMON - From Loki Fish at CH, UD and WS. Frozen King, Sockeye and Keta. Also Ikira (fresh roe) and Skeines. Canned, Smoked, Lox, Jerky, Salmon sausage and patties, Chum Caviar, Whole Egg Sacks, Pickled Keta and Sockeye. Also: Salmon Sliders, Salmon Chowder, Salmon Hash.  Cooked on-site at UD only.

Also Sena Sea Foods at CC with Halibut, Copper River Salmon, Black Cod and smoked fish.  (CC)

FRESH OYSTERS, CLAMS, MUSSELS - Fresh Oysters, Smoked and Pickled Oysters. Mahogany Clams, Manila Clams, Crab, Shrimp, PLUS fried oyster sliders From Hama Hama Seafood at UD. Brady's Oysters at West Seattle

TUNA.  Fresh albacore tuna loin and sushi grade cuts - and canned - Mediterranean (olive oil), Dill, Garlic, Smoked, Truffle Oil, Lemon Pepper, Tarantella (all belly meat) from Fishing Vessel St. Jude - at UD & CC


Chicken, Duck, also Goose and Turkey eggs (as available). Please Note: supplies vary with the season and the mood of the hens..

  • Early Bird (CH)
  • Gray Sky (CH)
  • Green Bow Farm  (WS)
  • Kirsop Farm (WS and CC)
  • Growing Washington ( UD, WS and CH)
  • Growing Things (UD)
  • River Farm  (UD) 
  • Skagit River Ranch (UD)
  • Steel Wheel (CH)
  • Tieton Farm and Creamery (CC )
  • Stokesberry Sustainable Farm (UD) – chicken and duck eggs
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD, CC)
  • Woodring (UD, WS and CH) – chicken, duck, goose, turkey, guinea hens…


Cider Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Raspberry Apple Cider Vinegars, Black cherry, Blueberry Apple, Strawberry Apple – all from Rockridge Orchards at UD, WS.  Fruit-based vinegars from Growing Washington at CH, UD, WS.

Drinking Vinegars (Shrubs): seasonal varieties from Woodring  (UD, WS and CH) and The Shrubbery (UD, WS, CH)

Fresh Pasta

Seasonal, local flavors, all shapes, ravioli, fresh sauces.  La Pasta (CH, UD, CC, WS).

Artisan Breads & Pastries

Adrienne's Cakes and Pies (WS, CC)

Belles Buns - French pastries, Cookie and Cake mixes (UD)

Columbia City Bakery:  Artisan loaves, tarts, cookies, sweet breads, pizza  (CapHill and Col City)

Tall Grass Bakery: Artisan French loaves, pumpernickel, rye, hominy; cookies, scones, cinnamon rolls, Danish, and granola. (UD, WS)

Preston Hill Bakery: Artisan wood fired organic grain breads. Also vegan scones. (UD)

Honest Biscuits: tender flaky biscuits, all local ingredients, sweet and savory (cheese, sausage, salmon, bacon, apples, seasonal specials).  (CapHill, WS, CC)

Shambala Bakery:  Gluten free artisan loaves made from locally milled ancient grain flours.  Breakfast baked goods and pizza dough.  (WS)

NuFlours: Gluten-free artisan loaves; sweet and savory pastries and sweet breads. (UD, CC,CapHill)

Standard Bakery:  French pastry, cookies, scones (UD and CH) 

Little Prague: Eastern European style pastries. (UD, WS, CapHill)


Local hazelnuts from Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards in Whatcom County. Roasted, dried, raw, flavored – also oils, nut butter and flour. (UD, WS.)

Grains and Flours

  • Nash’s: Soft White Wheat Flour and Hard Red Flour, Corn Meal. Freshly ground within 48 hours of the market. Certified organic (UD, CH)  
  • Oh Yeah Farms:  Flours, Pancake Mixes, Wheatberries (UD, CH)


Wine, Beer and Distilled Spirits

Rotating Tasting Schedules for Beer and Wine

  • Sweetbread Cellars from Vashon Island: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Brisage, Syrah and Blends - brought to Market by Sea Breeze Farm (UD, CC)
  • Rockridge Orchards:  Sweet Raspberry and Spiced Blackberry dessert wines and Tayberry Table Wines. Apple Brandy and Vodka (UD, WS).
  • Bainbridge Vineyards - Madeline Angevine, Farmstead White, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Noir, Siegerrebe (UD and WS)
  • White Heron Wine (Mariposa Vineyards): Chardonnay, Merlot, Arvine, Sweet Roussanne.  (UD, WS, CH)
  • Wilridge Winery:  Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese, Malbec, Pinot Grigio, Viognier (UD, CH, WS) 
  • Tin Dog Brewing: hand crafted in West Seattle, locally sourced ingredients (WS, CC)
  • Lowercase Brewing: hand crafted brews with locally sourced ingredients (UD, CC) 

Cider & Mead

Hard Cider, Mead 

  • Rockridge Orchards: - hard ciders and meads made from northwest apples; hard sparkling ciders – 100% apple base – methode traditionelle.  (UD, WS) 


  • Apple, Honeycrisp, Heirloom Blend,  Asian Pear, Apple Raspberry, Apple Apricot, Spiced Apple, Cherry-Apple from Rockridge Orchards (UD, WS) 
  • Tonnemaker Family Orchards (Honeycrisp, Braeburn/Cameo) (UD, WS, CH)
  • Apple cider from Martin Family Orchard (CH, UD, WS, CC)
  • Spiced Cider Syrups from Rockridge Orchards (UD, WS)


Artisanal Beverages


Fresh, raw cranberry juice from Starvation Alley Farm (UD, WS)


  • Rachel’s Ginger Beer - seasonal flavors (UD, CC)
  • Timber City Ginger Beer - (WS) 
  • Malus Fermented Ginger Beer (CH)

ROOT BEER:  Rockridge Orchards (WS, UD)

KOMBUCHA:  Fermented digestive beverages.  Mystic Kombucha at WS, CC and CH.  Communi-Tea at UD


Trevani Truffles: Homemade Truffles, Bon Bons and Caramels. Farmers Market inspired flavors. Vegan, too!  (UD)

Jonboy Caramels (CH, UD and WS)

Fermented & Pickled


  • Woodring Orchards (UD, CH and WS)
  • Britt's Pickles - (WS)
  • River Farm (sourced from farm; organic ingredients) (UD)
  • Iggy's Foods - Live fermented beets, veggies, sauerkrauts, kombucha (UD)
  • Seattle Canning Company - Spicy eggplant relish, tomato relish, pickled green beans (UD)
  • Oly Kraut - Sauerkrauts, pickels, pickled garlic (CC)


Frozen quarts to go from Got Soup?:  Seasonal soups, chowders, bisques; sourced from local farms, ever-changing menu.(UD, BW, CC,WS)

Jams, Jellies, Sauces, Spreads

Woodring Foods: White Chocolate Marzipan, Bittersweet Chocolate, Chocolate Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate sauces.  Plus, locally-sourced Lavender, Rose Petal, Raspberry, Peach Chipotle, Marionberry, Black Raspberry, Golden Raspberry, Black Currant, Tayberry, Lingonberry, Blueberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Ginger Rhubarb, Rhubarb Preserves, Apricot, Apple, Pumpkin Butter, Ginger Chutney and spreads. (CH, UD, WS)

Growing Things Farm: Plum, Raspberry, Peach/Apricot and Blueberry jams. (UD) 

Tiny's Organic Farm - seasonal jams from farm fresh fruit (CH, WS, UD)

Rockridge Orchards - Apple Syrups (UD, WS)

Ready-to-Eat Market Bites

Some food vendors are on rotating or alternating schedules rather than weekly.

Ready-to-eat foods at U-District Farmers Market:

  • Lily’s Salvadorean Catering – Pupusas, fresh salsas, tortillas and more.
  • Pampeana Empanadas – freshly made pastry pockets, savory and sweet. 
  • Patty Pan –  vegetarian quesadillas, seasonal grilled vegetables, homemade salsas
  • Tandoozy – Indian street food, rich with spices, Basmati rice, fresh warm Naan bread made on-site; plenty of garlic; homemade mango chutney. 
  • Loki Fish – wild caught salmon sliders, grilled on-site, with Columbia City Bakery buns. Also Saturday morning Salmon Hash, piping hot Salmon Chowder and Halibut Burgers.
  • Nature’s Last Stand - Breakfast sandwiches made with the farm's own pasture raised pork (bacon and sausage), free range eggs, with Samish Bay cheese and Morsel biscuits or Tall Grass Brioche. Also grilled sausage sandwiches, quiche, egg salad, marinated eggs.
  • Oh Yeah! Farms - Farm Slam breakfast made with pancakes from farm grown and milled wheat, bacon and eggs.  All locally sourced.

Ready-to-eat foods at Capitol Hill Farmers Market:

  • El Chito – freshly made authentic Mexican tamales
  • 314 Pies - sweet and savory hand pies to eat now, or take home.
  • Miri's Poffers - Mini pancakes made to order with sweet toppings (preserves, powdered sugar) and savory (raclette, wild mushrooms, bacon and egg breakfast poffers and more...)
  • Mystery Bay Seafood - hot chowder, seafood stews - also frozen to take home.
  • Patty Pan -  vegetarian quesadillas, seasonal grilled vegetables, homemade salsas
  • Nature's Last Stand - Breakfast sandwiches made with the farm's own pasture raised pork (bacon and sausage), free range eggs, with Samish Bay cheese and Morsel biscuits or Tall Grass Brioche. Also grilled sausage sandwiches
  • Oh Yeah! Farms - Farm Slam breakfast made with pancakes from farm grown and milled wheat, bacon and eggs.  All locally sourced.

Ready-to-eat Market Bites (continued)

Ready-to-eat foods at West Seattle Farmers Market:

  • Pampeana Empanadas – freshly made pastry pockets, savory and sweet.
  • Nature's Last Stand - Breakfast sandwiches made with the farm's own pasture raised pork (bacon and sausage), free range eggs, with Samish Bay cheese and artisan breads from market vendors
  • Girls Gone BBQ - sandwiches, brisket, cornbread
  • Falafel Salam - middle eastern sandwiches, hummus, falafel, entrees

Ready-to-eat foods at Columbia City Farmers Market:

  • Lily’s Salvadorean Catering – Pupusas, fresh salsas, tortillas and more.
  • Patty Pan –  vegetarian quesadillas, seasonal grilled vegetables, homemade salsas
  • Tandoozy – Indian street food, rich with spices, Basmati rice, fresh warm Naan bread made on-site; plenty of garlic; homemade mango chutney. 
  • Sea Breeze Farm - Sandwiches with house made sausage, pithivier, palmier, biscuits.
  • Mystery Bay Seafood - hot chowder, seafood stews - also frozen to take home.