10 Fun Farmers Markets

Fresh flowers, farm produce, food, and festivities! Farmers Markets throughout the region are harvesting fun. Enjoy the sunshine and reap the benefits of local farms and small businesses. With all of the variety, there really is something for everyone – even for those die-hard city slickers. Here are 10 to put on your shopping list.

Lakewood Farmers Market: Open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Sept. 13, the Lakewood Farmers Market is housed in the Lakewood Towne Center by the fountain outside city hall. In addition to the fresh produce, delightful delicacies are served up by local food vendors. There’s also arts, crafts, activities, and live entertainment. Special events include chef demonstrations and a Master Gardener Speaker series. Read more here.

Olympia Farmers Market: The Olympia Farmers Market is open year-round, active Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the summertime. The calendar is chock-full of special events and it’s hard to miss live music. Vendors selling art, hand-crafted items, and products from farms or small businesses are always friendly and happy to be sharing with those in the culture of downtown Olympia. There is a wide variety of activities for all ages and lots of food from stands and seven restaurants – even a delicious place to eat curry. Read more here.

Tenino Farmers Market: The Tenino Farmers Market is open Saturdays May-August. One highlight is the Blue Ribbon Pie Contest, which is just one example of all the food-related fun to be had. The usual produce, plants, food vendors, and home-made products are offered in a lovely variety. Visitors can also enjoy music, events, and activities. Read more here.

Tacoma Farmers Market: The Tacoma Farmers Market has tons to offer with five different locations. Each place is open on a different day of the week, so there’s always a new spot to explore. A full schedule online details each of the market locations, which all have food, fun, and booths full of goods from local vendors and farms. The multiplicity of venues means much more fruits, vegetables and baked goods … delish!

Fife Farmers Market: The Fife Farmers Market is now open Fridays from 3-7 p.m. until mid-September. A big focus of this market is on building community. Vendors of all types are present, and there’s even an opportunity for kids to apply for Kids Vending Day on the last Friday of each month. Learn more here.

Puyallup Farmers Market: Pioneer Park and Pavilion is home to the Puyallup Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  This has been a Puyallup community tradition for more than 30 years, featuring hanging baskets, vegetable and fruit starts, and more. The park also has a sprayground, so parents and tots can cool off after perusing the market, too. Learn more about the Puyallup Farmers Market here.

Federal Way Farmers Market: The Federal Way Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through October. It’s located in the Sears parking lot at the Commons Mall. Special events, snacks, starts of your favorite plants, sublime flowers, and superb musical acts fill the market with fun for all. Read more here.

The Gig Harbor Farmers Market: Gig Harbor boasts a market in two locations on two days of the week for a jam packed weekend – the Gig Harbor Farmers Market is open Saturdays at Peninsula Gardens and Sundays at Uptown Shopping Center. Highlights include yummy baked goods, honey, and a cool kids’ tent full of fun for juniors. Live entertainment and food make this market more than just your typical fruit stand. Don’t miss it, read more here.

Orting Valley Farmers Market: Truly a beautiful sight to see, the Orting Valley Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. until the beginning of September. Home grown goods of all kinds create a delightful variety. The market is full of charm and surrounded by stretches of farmland with a dazzling view of Mt. Rainier. There is a really great emphasis on local fresh farm products here. Click here to learn more.

Steilacoom Farmers Market: It’s hard not to get behind the Steilacoom Farmers Market slogan: “Eat fresh, buy local, sustain community.” The market is open Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. until the end of August. It houses many vendors and also has a large focus on cooking, including demos, food tastings, health and wellness information, and a chance to talk with nutrition experts.  Read more about all this market has to offer here.

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