This gorgeous Mother’s Day marked the opening day of the Broadway Farmers Market 2010 season. The market happens every Sunday from May 9 until December 19. The market will be spending its final season in the parking lot behind Bank of America, and will be moving to a new location on the Hill next season. Sunny weather and warm temperatures drew neighborhood folk to the market, which was bustling throughout its hours of operation, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Towards the end of the day, many produce stands had run out of goods, so be sure to arrive early next week.
All Washington State farmers markets only allow farm produce and processed foods to be sold; this isn’t a place to find wholesalers, crafts, or flea markets. At this week’s Broadway market, there were bouquets of bright flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, plants and herbs, organic meats and fish, wine, and fresh pasta, to name a few. There were even stands selling fresh tamales, crepes, and ice cream. New vendors to the Broadway Farmers Market include local businesses
Rain Shadow Meats, Calf and Kid(Note: We have been informed that these businesses are not participating in the market.), Zaw Pizza, Loki Fish, Sunseed Farm, Columbia City Bakery, Communi-tea Kombucha, and Finn River Farm. A general list of vendors can be found here, although it has yet to be fully updated.
Some things to note about the Broadway Farmers market include a weekly trivia contest, and the Ripe and Ready report. The trivia contest foster communication and community by asking a question about one of the market vendors, and rewarding one winner per week (drawn at random) a prize of $10 in market tokens that can be used at any of the stands. Ripe and Ready is a weekly report available via email subscription that details special produce that will be available at the coming week’s market. The report isn’t limited to the Broadway Market; it will even tell you what you can find at other markets including West Seattle, Ballard, Fremont, etc. See a sample report here, and subscribe here. Another handy guide of produce availability is the Produce Calendar. Also, follow Seattle Farmers Markets on Twitter!