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Fall produce is coming in strong!  Our three year-round markets are loaded with all kinds of delicious autumn fruits and vegetables - plus meats, poultry, dairy, ready-to-eat foods and more from local farms and food artisans.

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Apples!  So many varieties, so many flavors...

apples Oct 2016


Also: delicious pears, Asian pears, quince and other sweet fall bounty are piling high on our farm tables.

Unique at the Farmers Markets:

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

  • Peppers - so many varieties, from sweet to hot to super hot 
  • Heirloom apple varieties
  • Organic heirloom winter squash and pumpkins
  • Super-fresh eggs, including duck, quail etc (season varies for specialty eggs)
  • Great flower bouquets - peak fall colors!
  • Farmstead cheeses

You can always ask our staff at the market manager booths if you have questions or can't find what you're looking for.

Everything you need for the best soups!

Onions, carrots, celery, cabbages, kale, squashes, potatoes and more - plus sustainably-raised meats and poultry for stocks and stews.

You'll also find great breads and cheeses at the markets -  the perfect compliment to any soup.

What's Ripe & Ready?

Please note: we do our best to keep up with what farms and food vendors do and don't have, but as always Mother Nature has the final word.  Market abbreviations: CH (Capitol Hill), UD (University District), WS (West Seattle).



Beans - pole bean varieties; Blue Lake, Yellow Wax, Haricot Vert, Romano, Cranberry

Beets - golden and red 


Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage - green and purple, Savoy   

Carrots - orange, yellow and maroon!

Cauliflower white, lilac, yellow, romanesco



Corn - yellow and bi-color

Cucumbers - slicing,pickling 

Eggplant - purple, white, green


Garlic - many varieties, mild to hot

Ginger - Fresh (at UD)

Greens - Arugula, Spinach, Mizuna, Kale, Chard, Tatsoi, Mustard, Collards, Heirloom Italian greens, Purslane

Herbs - Cilantro, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Oregano, Marjoram



Lettuce - Romaine, Greenleaf, Redleaf, Crisphead, Butterhead, Radicchio, Endive, Escarole, Frisee.  Salad mixes; lettuce and greens combo - mild to spicy.

Mushrooms - Fresh mushrooms and growing kits - Lions’ Mane, Shitake, Oyster, Reishi

Wild Mushrooms -  Porcini, Chanterelles, Lobster (at UD only)

Onions - Scallions, Sweet slicing onions, Cipolini, Red Torpedo

Peppers - Sweet Bells in all colors.  Heirloom sweets for perfect sautes.  Plus Padron, Hungarian, Shishito, Jalapeno, Cayenne, Paprika - hundreds !! of varieties from mild to hot.

Potatoes - White, Yellow, Red and Purple potatoes. Baby spuds, fingerlings.



Squash - Summer varieties: zucchini, zuchetta, patty pan.  Autumn varieties: Acorn, Hubbard, Butternut.

Tomatoes - Field Ripened and Hothouse; slicing, cherry, grape cluster, plum, San Marzano, heirlooms...dozens of varieties


Turnips - white and red heirloom varieties

Dried:  HOT Peppers, Tomatoes  and Organic Fruits




Apples - Akane, Sunrise, Haralson, Swiss Arlet, NickaJack, Belle de Boskoop, Golden Delicious, Scarlett Sunrise, Pink Pearl, Gala, Winekist, Sweet 16, Holstein, Zestar, McIntosh, Melrose, Jonagold, Cox's Orange Pippin, Bramley, Mother, Reine des Rinettes, Karmijn de Sonnaville, Black Jonathan, Fiesta, Honey Crisp, Sugartime...more and more every week.

Pears - Heirloom varieties; Clara Frijs, Morettini, Purple Goddess, Abbe Fetel - plus Gold and Red Bartletts, Seckel, Anjou.

Asian pears, quince

Dried and Frozen fruits


  • Glendale Shepherd: Yogurt, Feta, White Cap, Sheep’s milk aged Basque-style Tomme. (UD, WS)
  • Left Foot Farm: Goat milk. (WS, UD) - as available
  • Samish Bay:  Cow’s Milk Fresh Yogurts. 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+ years old. (CH, UD, WS)
  • Sea Breeze Farm:  Aged Cow’s milk (5 mos.) tome rounds, fresh whey Ricotta, Raw Milk, Raw Heavy Cream. (UD)
  • Burton Hill: Goat's milk cheese, feta, blue cheese, and goat's milk soaps. (MAG)
  • Tieton Farm and Creamery: Hard and soft goat's milk cheeses: bloomy rind Sonnet, fresh Bianca, and bloomy rind Black Pearl and others. (UD and CC)

YOGURT - Farm-fresh yogurts from Samish Bay (cow's milk) (UD, WS, CapHill), Glendale Shepherd (sheep's milk) (UD, WS). 

Processed local yogurt from Ellenos Real Greek at WS,CH and UD


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


Hazelnuts - Roasted, dried, raw, flavored – also oils, nut butter and flour. (UD, WS.)

Grains and Flours

  • Nash’s: Soft White Wheat Flour, Hard Red Flour, Corn Meal, Rye Flour, Oats, Barley Flour, Buckwheat Flour. Freshly ground within 48 hours of the market. Certified organic (UD, CH)  
  • Oh Yeah Farms:  Flours, Pancake Mixes, Wheatberries (UD,CH)
  • River Run: Quinoa (UD)
  • Kirsop: Quinoa, wheat berries (WS, CC, UD)

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)
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD)
  • Hidden River Farm (WS)

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 (CH, UD, WS)
  • Skagit River Ranch (UD)
  • Olsen Farms ( CH, UD, WS)
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD)
  • Stokesberry Farm (UD)
  • Hidden River Farm (WS)

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. Turkey Orders being taken now at Rathbun and Moore and Skagit River Ranch.

  • Green Bow Farm -  Large roasters (WS) 
  • 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)
  • Rathbun and Moore - chicken, ducks, turkeys (CH)
  • Growing Washington -  (UD, WS,CH)
  • Skagit River Ranch - whole roasters (UD) 
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD)
  • Kirsop Farm (WS)

VEAL - Ribs, Loin Chops, Top Round, Shanks. From Sea Breeze Farm (UD) – 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)
  • Stokesberry Farm -  Icelandic Lamb (UD)
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD)
  • Olsen Farms -  ground, cuts ( CH, WS, UD)
  • Skagit River Ranch - (UD) 
  • Green Bow Farm - mutton, too, limited quantities  (WS)

Chacuterie - Handmade sausage and smoked aged meats from Salt Blade (UD and MAG) and Carl's Cutting Board (CC, MAG and PH).  Meat locally sourced from market farmers, Olsen Farms.

RABBIT - Whole rabbit (limited quantities) from Growing Washington (CH, WS, 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)

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


WILD SALMON and HALIBUT - From Loki Fish at CH, UD and WS. Frozen King, Sockeye and Keta salmon.  Filets and whole.  Halibut filets. Also Ikira (fresh roe) and Skeines. Canned, Smoked, Lox, Jerky, Salmon sausage and patties, Chum Caviar, Whole Egg Sacks, Pickled Keta and Sockeye.

FRESH OYSTERS, CLAMS, MUSSELS - Hama Hama is back at the UD for the next 3 weeks only -  with fresh oysters and clams.

Fresh Oysters, Smoked and Pickled Oysters. Mahogany Clams, Manila Clams, Crab, Shrimp  from Brady's Oysters at WS only. 

BLACK COD and HALIBUT - Frozen portions from Sena Sea Seafoods at CH, WS (rotating schedules)


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

  • Early Bird (CH)
  • Gray Sky (CH)
  • Green Bow Farm  (WS)
  • Kirsop Farm (WS)
  • Growing Washington ( UD, WS, CH)
  • River Farm  (UD on intermittent dates) 
  • Skagit River Ranch (UD)
  • Steel Wheel (CH)
  • Stokesberry Sustainable Farm (UD) – chicken and duck eggs
  • Sea Breeze Farm (UD)
  • Tieton Creamery (UD and WS) - chicken and goose eggs
  • Top Market Trading (WS)
  • Rathbun & Moore (CH)


  • Rockridge Orchards - Cider Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegars, Raspberry Apple Cider Vinegars, Black cherry, Blueberry Apple, Strawberry Apple. UD, WS. 
  • Growing Washington - Fruit-based vinegars. CH, UD, WS.
  • Woodring - Drinking Vinegars (Shrubs): seasonal varieties from (UD, WS and CH) and 
  • The Shrubbery - seasonal varieties (UD, WS, CH)

Fresh Pasta

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

Artisan Breads & Pastries

  • Adrienne's Cakes and Pies (WS)
  • 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)
  • Sweet & Savory Bakery - dessert of the week (for e.g., pear cardamon cake with creme anglaise); seasonal frozen gourmet appetizers (e.g., mushroom nut with roasted kale and carrot jam), seasonal cookies, etc (UD)
  • Honest Biscuits - tender flaky biscuits, sweet and savory (cheese, sausage, salmon, bacon, apples, seasonal specials).  (CH, WS)
  • NuFlours - Gluten-free artisan loaves; sweet and savory pastries and sweet breads. (UD)
  • Liberation Bakery - Gluten free pastries, candies and sweet breads (CH)
  • Shambala Bakery - Gluten-free pastries, artisan breads and rolls, pizza crust.  (WS)
  • Standard Bakery -  French pastry, cookies, scones (UD) 
  • Little Prague - Eastern European style pastries. (UD, WS, CH)
  • Sea Wolf Bakers - Baguettes, rustic loaves, buns, and pastries (UD, CH)
  • Columbia City Bakery - Breads, focaccia, pastries,cookies, granolas, (CH)
  • Oh Yeah Farms - Whole wheat loaves made from farmer grown grains. (UD,WS and 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)
  • 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, WS)
  • White Heron Wine (Mariposa Vineyards) - Chardonnay, Merlot, Arvine, Sweet Roussanne.  (UD, WS, CC,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, UD)
  • 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) 
  • Heirophant  Meadery - Hopped Mead, Off-dry Mead and Herbal and Forest conifer infused meads.  (UD, CH)
  • Greenwood Cider - Dry, unfiltered, hard cider made from local apples, pears and berries. (CH)  


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

Artisanal Beverages

Ginger Beer

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

Root Beer - Rockridge Orchards (WS, UD)

Kombucha:  Fermented digestive beverages. Mystic Kombucha (WS, CH)  Communi-Tea (UD)


  • Trevani Truffles - Homemade Truffles, Bon Bons and Caramels. Vegan, too!  (UD)
  • Jonboy Caramels (CH, UD, WS)

Ice Cream/Frozen Treats

  • Seattle Pops - frozen fruit flavors on a stick (WS, UD)

Fermented & Pickled

Sauerkrauts, Relishes and Kimchi

  • Woodring Orchards (UD, CH, WS)
  • Britt's Pickles (WS)
  • Iggy's Foods - Live fermented beets, veggies, sauerkrauts, kombucha (UD)
  • Seattle Canning Company - Spicy eggplant relish, tomato relish, pickled green beans (WS)


Got Soup? - Seasonal soups, chowders, bisques. Frozen or hot and ready to eat. (UD, CH, WS)

Jams, Jellies, Sauces, Spreads

  • Woodring: White Chocolate Marzipan, Bittersweet Chocolate, Chocolate Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate sauces.  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)
  • Rockridge Orchards - Apple Syrups (UD, WS)
  • Ayako and Family Preserves - Artisan preserves made from Mair-Taki Farm fruits. (UD)

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

  • 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
  • Brothers and Co. - Ready to eat Ramen (meat or vegan) and Foldies (taco like flat bread with seasonal fillings - locally sourced). 
  • Lily's Salvadorean Catering - authentic pupusas filled with beans and veggies, banana leaf tamales, plato quanaco (rice, beans, plantains), horchata and curtido.

Ready-to-eat Market Bites (continued)

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
  • Brothers and Co.  Ready to eat Ramen (meat or vegan) and Foldies (taco like flat bread with seasonal fillings - locally sourced). 

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