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Ballard Farmer's Market

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If you haven't tried the Ballard Farmer's market lately, it is worth a visit. The vendors are offering more organic fruits and veggies than ever, and overall, the market seems to ...

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The Ballard Farmer's Market has as much variety as any farmer's market in the city. In addition to a couple dozen produce vendors, ranging from specialists that just sell berries...

Poor location ruins great market 8/14/2011

The Ballard Farmer's Market has as much variety as any farmer's market in the city. In addition to a couple dozen produce vendors, ranging from specialists that just sell berries or stone fruit to more general farm stands, there are prepared foods ranging from Veraci's pizza to donuts, and several stands selling other farm products like flowers, honey, cheese or meat. There are even some craft stands with jewelry and other art. The many restaurants along the street are also mostly open, so there are plenty of options for lunch. The produce prices vary wildly. Often the first vendor to have a particular item will gouge, and the stands nearest either entrance tend to have higher prices to profit from the impatient shopper. Not all the stands are organic; most of the lower price stands are selling the same produce you'd get at a decent supermarket. Spending a little time to scope the place out before buying anything will usually mean good prices on fantastic produce. Scoping out the place could be a problem, though, because of the location. The street the market is held on is simply not wide enough for the number of people that attend. The western side of the street is jammed during the summer, with cyclists and people pushing huge strollers adding to the bedlam. The eastern side is significantly wider, but it's also peppered with street musicians and can also be quite crowded. Parking is also an issue; you either have to circle until you catch someone leaving, or park well away from the main drag of Ballard. If the market was relocated to a much larger space, I think it would easily be the best in the city. As it stands, it has too much of a hectic street fair atmosphere for my tastes. The University Farmer's Market has similar selection and more manageable crowds, while many of the smaller neighborhood markets offer a decent selection of produce with slower-paced, more intimate feeling. more

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Buy local, have fun--what's not to like 7/18/2006

If you haven't tried the Ballard Farmer's market lately, it is worth a visit. The vendors are offering more organic fruits and veggies than ever, and overall, the market seems to be expanding. Not only do you get to buy local, seasonal, just-picked produce, but you can have a lot of fun watching the street entertainers, other artisans, and other patrons! As some of the other reviewers have indicated, there is still enough room to move around, and this market is still dog-friendly so you see lots of dogs walking their humans here. more

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Great Browsing in Ballard 3/16/2006

A browse through the Ballard Farmer's Market is a great way to spend an hour on a Sunday. It's spread out over a decent sized area, so there is less sensory overload than some really crowded markets. You'll see the same vendors there week after week and have your favorites. Ours include the Patty Pan Grill lady (love those huge quesadillas!), the jerusalem artichoke people, and the fellow who brings a live chicken in a cage to keep him company while he sells his organic eggs. Of course you can then make a side trip into the zillion shops in downtown Ballard. Good times. more

A Great Market in the Heart of Old Ballard 8/20/2005

I've been going to the Ballard Farmer's Market since it started out in the US Bank parking lot a few years ago. It's now become so large that it takes up a large portion of Ballard Avenue every Sunday. And how it's expanded! Flowers, fresh crepes, nuts, berries, vegetables, plants, bread, eggs, meat, oysters, condiments - you name it, it's probably there. I used to go to the University Market but stopped since this market rivals the selection found in the U district. more
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