Farmers markets season kicks off tomorrow

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 11:50 AM by Jenny Curtiss

Farmers market season means meandering along in the sunshine, buying local produce and catching a whiff of what’s for lunch. Tomorrow, May 5, will be the start of the downtown Tacoma farmers market on Broadway and we couldn’t be more ready.  In Pierce County, we’re proud to have ten local markets that serve up tasty bites and farm fresh fruits, veggies and meats throughout the summer and well into the fall. No matter what day of the week you're looking for good eating, there's a farmers market for you in Pierce County.

Tuesdays

6th Ave Farmers Market

In the middle of the 6th Avenue restaurant scene, stop by this market on Tuesday evenings to grab a bite to eat. Enjoy live music at the market, and finish your evening with some local brews from a nearby pub. 

Starts June 7th, 3- 7 PM  [6th Ave & N Pine St]

Lakewood Farmers Market

Held every Tuesday around the fountain at Lakewood City Hall, it features fresh food, organic produce, arts, gluten free items, sweet treats, crafts, live entertainment, chef demonstrations and a Master Gardener Speaker Series.

Starts June 7th, 10 AM - 3 PM [Lakewood City Hall - 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499]

Wednesdays

Eastside Farmers Market

On Tacoma's Eastside, discover an abundant selection of local fruits and honey Tacoma’s Salishan community. This family-friendly market serves a diverse community of shoppers in a park like setting.

Starts June 5th, 3 PM - 7 PM, [1724 E 44th St]

Thursdays

Broadway Farmers Market

For anyone working or visiting downtown Tacoma, this is the place to be on a Thursday in the summer. Get there early to enjoy authentic eats from Gateway to India or Lumpia World.  Cool off your taste buds with a scoop of everyone’s favorite frozen desert from Ice Cream Social with rotating flavors like Mad Hat Earl Gray or French Toast. Yum!.  

Starts May 5th, 10 AM – 3PM, [S 9th St & Broadway]

Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmers Market

Head to Skansie Brothers Park on the Gig Harbor waterfront on those hot summer evenings to cool off.  Grab some local seafood, or fresh Washington strawberries and take in the view of Puget Sound. Want to get out on the water? Look no further than the Gig Harbor Gondola where you can enjoy a relaxing cruise of the harbor on an authentic boat from Venice, Italy.   

Starts June 2nd, 3- 7PM, [3211 Harborview Dr]

Fridays

Fife Farmers Market

Conveniently located off I-5 in Dacca Park, wander the white tents for berries and flowers.  The nearby playground is great for kids and gives parents time to peruse the produce. 

Now until September, 3 – 7PM, [2820 54th Ave E]

Saturdays

Proctor Farmers Market

The charming neighborhood of Proctor has been getting its fair share of new business lately.  Soon you’ll be able to grab a famous Top Pot Doughnut before snatching up your organic veggies.  Nevertheless, this is still a favorite weekend activity for the Tacoma crowd — that and a good brunch. 

Now until December. 9AM- 2 PM, [N. 27th St & Proctor]

Gig Harbor Saturday Market

Get away from the city and see the rural side of Gig Harbor.  The covered building allows for fresh food and entertainment, rain or shine. 

Ongoing for the summer, 9 AM – 2 PM, [5503 Wollochet Drive NW]

Puyallup Farmers Market

In downtown Puyallup, lies Pioneer Park and on Saturdays, you’ll find the place abuzz with live music and local farmers from the valley.  Don’t miss the spray ground – perfect for letting the kids run around after a long day of activity.

Ongoing for the summer, 9 AM – 2 PM, [330 S Meridian]

Sundays

Gig Harbor Uptown Farmers Market

Shop Uptown Gig Harbor where you’ll find a blend of high-end retail such as The Loft, Talbots, and Chico's. Continue your shopping spree with a spread of baked goods or flowers.  Of course, if you buy the tulips, you’ll have a great excuse to get that new vase you’ve been eyeing.  

Ongoing for the summer, 11 AM – 3 PM, [4701 Pt. Fosdick Dr]

South Tacoma Farmers Market

On the other end of town, find a full day’s worth of activities at the STAR Center. Let the kids enjoy the new playground and spray park while shopping for weekly groceries.  When it gets too hot, head inside for a cooking demonstration. 

Starts June 5th, 11AM – 3PM, [3873 S 66th St]

Author: Jenny Curtiss

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