Last Sunday on a crisp afternoon, CHS found the sidewalk and plaza along Broadway in front of Seattle Central filled with the tents and vendors of the weekly Capitol Hill Farmers Market as shoppers stocked up on fresh vegetables and goods for their upcoming holiday feasts.
The dusk-like sunshine of an unusually dry Seattle November was a reminder that the sun will, indeed, be setting on this regular neighborhood scene. Don’t worry. There will be a new dawn in 2020.
Next year, the development around Capitol Hill Station is slated to open. It will include hundreds of new apartments both market-rate and affordable. It will include a new 16,000 square foot H Mart grocery store.
And it will include a sprawling new plaza with room for vendors and events and a connection to the AIDS Memorial Pathway project that will run between the development and Cal Anderson Park.
That plaza will also become the new home for the Capitol Hill Farmers Market. The year-round market has been planning for the change for years. The Capitol Hill Farmers Market officially went year-round in 2014 and has thrived since, regularly hosting local vendors from produce to prepared foods, craft brews, raw honey, and fresh-cut flowers.
The plan at one point had been for the market to move onto Nagle Place after construction of the light rail station was completed but organizers decided to hold off on the move. It held its last market at its former Capitol Hill home at 10th and Thomas in 2010 before making way for redevelopment on that block.
The Capitol Hill Farmers Market is one of seven Seattle markets organized under the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, a federally-recognized nonprofit. The original market in University District was founded by Chris Curtis and local volunteers in 1993, gaining 501(c)3 status in 2001 and opening the market on Broadway in 2005.
In 2020, depending on how things work out, the market could be set to grow again with opportunities for weeknight events and a possible regular presence in the light rail plaza.
For now, you can find the Capitol Hill market on Sundays from 11 AM to 3 PM every Sunday on Broadway just north of Pine. Learn more at seattlefarmersmarkets.org/markets/broadway.
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