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Spring is here, and our three year-round markets are bursting with fresh flowers and tasty spring greens.  You'll also find unique and delicious items such as sweet broccoli raabs, miner's lettuce, fiddlehead ferns, and fresh nettles. 

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Tender and sweet spring raabs

purple broc



New spring vegetables

Mair Farm turnips

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).







Garlic -  Spring fresh garlic, many varieties of dried; mild to hot

Greens - Arugula, Mizuna, Bok Choy, Kale, Chard, Collards, Rapini, Broccoli Raab, Kale Raab, Spring Salad Mix, Braising Green Mix

Herbs - Parsley, Sage, Chives, Rosemary. Tarragon


Lettuce - first heirloom heads of season

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

Onions - red, white, early bunching onions

Peas - pea vines, early sno-peas

Potatoes - numerous varieties



Tomatoes - first of season from Kittitas; hothouse heirloom varieties


Wild greens: miner's lettuce, nettles

Dried:  HOT Peppers, Tomatoes and Organic Fruits


Strawberries - First of season from Skagit Valley

Apples - Heirloom varieties, Fuji, Honeycrisp  

Pears - Bartlett, D'Anjou

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)
  • Tieton Farm and Creamery: Hard and soft goat's milk cheeses: bloomy rind Sonnet, fresh Bianca, and bloomy rind Black Pearl and others. (UD only)

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

Fresh cow's milk mozzarella and burrata processed by King's Mozzarella - added flavors include garlic, olive oil, parsley,basil and sun dried tomato (CH, 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, 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, bone broth,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. 

  • 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, UD)

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 - (WS)

Chacuterie - Handmade sausage and smoked aged meats from Salt Blade (UD and MAG). 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), Stokesberry Farms (UD) and Kirsop Farm (UD and WS)


WILD SALMON - From Loki Fish at CH, UD, CC and WS. Frozen King, Sockeye and Keta salmon.  Filets and whole. Frozen 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.

WILD SALMON, HALIBUT, BLACK COD  - Fresh and frozen whole salmon and filets (Sockeye, King, White King). Smoked salmon. Sena Sea Seafood alternating weeks at WS and CH. Also at Mag, PH and UD. 

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

Fresh Pasta

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

Artisan Breads & Pastries

  • Adrienne's Cakes and Pies (WS and CC)
  • 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 (WS)
  • Pinkney's Cookies - Traditional and gluten-free cookie, frozen cookie dough and gluten free dry cookie mix (WS and UD).
  • Honest Biscuits - tender flaky biscuits, sweet and savory (cheese, sausage, salmon, bacon, apples, seasonal specials).  (CH, WS,, CC)
  • NuFlours - Gluten-free artisan loaves; sweet and savory pastries and sweet breads. (UD)
  • 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, CC)
  • Sea Wolf Bakers - Baguettes, rustic loaves, buns, and pastries (UD, CH, CC)
  • Columbia City Bakery - Breads, focaccia, pastries,cookies, granolas, (CH, CC)
  • Oh Yeah Farms - Whole wheat loaves made from farmer grown grains. (UD,WS and CH)
  • 9th and Hennepin Donuts - Fresh hand crafted donuts made on site with seasonal fillings and toppings. (Capitol Hill only)
  • Amerelo Bread - Hand crafted artisan country-style loaves - whole wheat, seeded, rosemary/olive. (WS only).

Wine, Beer and Distilled Spirits

Rotating Tasting Schedules for Beer and Wine (dates may vary)

  • Sweetbread Cellars from Vashon Island - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Brisage, Syrah and Blends - brought to Market by Sea Breeze Farm (UD - limited quantities)
  • Rockridge Orchards - Sweet Raspberry and Spiced Blackberry dessert wines and Tayberry Table Wines. Apple Brandy and Vodka (UD, WS, CC).
  • Bainbridge Vineyards - Madeline Angevine, Farmstead White, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Noir, Siegerrebe (UD, WS)
  • Eaglemont - Hard ciders, red and white wines, sangria (UD) 
  • White Heron Wine (Mariposa Vineyards) - Chardonnay, Merlot, Arvine, Sweet Roussanne.
  • 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 and Mead

Hard Cider, Mead 

  • Rockridge Orchards - hard ciders and meads made from northwest apples and rhubarb; hard sparkling ciders – 100% apple base – methode traditionelle.  (UD, WS, CC) 
  • 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)  
  • Finn River Farm and Cidery - Traditional hard ciders, craft ciders, seasonal botanical ciders and brandy dessert wines, port style spirited wines. (CH) 
  • NEW! Hard Ginger Beer from Timber City (WS)


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

Artisanal Beverages

Ginger Beer

  • Rachel’s Ginger Beer - seasonal flavors (UD)
  • Timber City Ginger Beer  (WS and CC) 

Root Beer - Rockridge Orchards (WS, UD)

Kombucha - fermented digestive beverages from Mystic Kombucha (WS, CH, CC)  

Confections and Frozen Treats

  • Trevani Truffles - Homemade Truffles, Bon Bons and Caramels. Vegan, too!  (UD)
  • Jonboy Caramels (CH, UD, WS, CC)
  • Sweet Bumpas Ice Creams - Handmade artisan ice cream using natural ingredients and local fruits.
  • Seattle Pops - Handmade frozen treats on a stick. Natural flavors from local fruits and berries.

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)


  • Rockridge Orchards - Apple Cider, Raspberry Apple, Balsamic, Black Garlic Balsamic (UD, CC and WS) 
  • Growing Washington - fruit based vinegar (UD, CH, CC and WS)
  • Woodring Orchards - seasonal drinking vinegar (UD, CH and WS)
  • The Shrubbery - seasonal drinking vinegar (UD and CH)


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

Jams, Jellies, Sauces, Spreads, Salsas

  • 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, CC)
  • Ayako and Family Preserves - Artisan preserves made from Mair-Taki Farm fruits. (UD, CC)

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.
  • Zaytuna - Middle eastern spreads, breads, stews and soups

Ready to eat foods at Columbia City Farmers Market:

  • Patty Pan - vegetarian quesadillas, seasonal grilled vegetables, homemade salsas, homemade tortillas to go.
  • Tandoozy - Indian street food rich with spaces.  Basmati rice, fresh Naan bread made on-site, plenty of garlic, homemade mango chutney.
  • Nature's Last Stand - Breakfast sandwiches with farm's own pasture raised pork and free range eggs, Samish Bay Cheese and Morsel biscuits or Tall Grass Brioche.  Also grilled sausage sandwiches and bahn mi. 
  • Zaytuna - Middle eastern spreads, breads, stews, soups, hummous and sweets.
  • Veraci Pizza - Whole pizza and slices made and baked on-site.Everybody's favorites and in-season specials.
  • Lily's Salvadorean Catering - authentic pupusas filled with beans and veggies, banana leaf tamales, plato quaanaco (rice, beans, plantains), horchata and curtido.
  • Mystery Bay Seafood - Hot chowder, seafood stews, salmon baguette sandwiches. Frozen to take home, too. 

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
  • Zaytuna - Middle eastern spreads, breads, stews and soups

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