Nothing is better than produce fresh from the vine or artisan crafts made by a local. Farmers markets are one of the treasures of the summer season, and it’s fun to hit different cities to explore all our South Sound offerings. In honor of that, we compiled the ultimate guide to our farmers markets, so you can get the most out of the in-season bounty.
Auburn Famers Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, June-Sept.
The Auburn Farmers Market is not only a great place to buy groceries from but also to learn more about healthy living. In addition to plenty of farm-fresh foods, handmade items, and live entertainment, the market hosts cooking demonstrations and health and nutrition classes.
Bremerton Community Farmers Market — 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., monthly on Thursdays, May-Sept.
While not as frequent, Bremerton’s Community Farmers Market makes up for it with its vendors and activities. Shoppers can select from a number of farmers, wineries, breweries, and artisanal shops. In the past, the market has hosted cooking demonstrations and musical performances.
Broadway Farmers Market — 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays, May-Aug.
Located in the middle of downtown Tacoma, the Broadway Farmers Market is a favorite among locals. This market is filled with vendors offering fresh produce, flowers, and honey, but it’s equally full of food trucks and booths delivering mouth-watering creations. Grab a plate of curry and naan from Gateway to India or reach for the comfort of a grilled cheese from Griddler’s Gourmet Grilled Cheeses.
Central Kitsap Farmers Market — 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, July-Oct.
The Central Kitsap Farmers Market is unique, because it was created from citizen requests for a market to serve both producers and consumers. This year, the market will be held on the lawn of Maynard’s Restaurant.
Centralia Lewis County Farmers Market — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, May-Sept.
If the fresh foods weren’t enough to pique interest in visiting Centralia’s Lewis County Farmers Market, then maybe its emu farm will. The 3 Feathers Emu Ranch is just one of the exciting displays at the market, along with handcrafted goods.
Eastside Farmers Market — 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, June-Aug.
Watch as every week Tacoma’s McKinley District transforms into the Eastside Farmers Market. Featuring fruits, veggies, honey, and freshly baked treats, this market makes it simple to cross grocery shopping off your to-do list. The market also features a selection of food trucks.
Federal Way Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, May-Oct.
With fresh produce, flowers, crafts, and live performances the Federal Way Farmers Market has it all. It also offers vendors selling ready-to-eat items for breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack.
Gig Harbor Farmer’s Market: Peninsula Marketplace — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, March-Sept.
While this market does offer several food products, its main focus is on handmade and locally made goods. The market includes barbecue rubs and a drink cart, in addition to floral and craft booths.
Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmers Market — 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, June-Aug.
Located on the beautiful waterfront of Gig Harbor, the Waterfront Farmers Market offers a mix of summer grocery staples and a few goods to treat yourself. Stock up on berries this summer from Hayton Farm Berries or grab dessert from C&E Cake Studio LLC.
Kitsap Fresh Online Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. on Mondays
In an effort to reach even more customers, the Kitsap Fresh Online Farmers Market has offered shoppers all the benefits of fresh, local produce with the comfort of purchasing them from home. Customers can then pick up their food from one of the 10 designated pick-up locations. kitsapfresh.localfoodmarketplace.com
Lakewood Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, June-Sept.
Not only does the Lakewood Farmers Market feature a wide range of products, it also features live music and other performances. At this market, shoppers can select produce from a number of farmers, browse artisanal crafts, and get a bite to eat from various food trucks.
Olympia Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday-Sunday in high season
A benefit to the Olympia Farmers Market is that it’s open year-round with days varying per season. As summer approaches, the market is in high season with vendors selling all your grocery needs, plus extras like clothes and accessories, soaps, and ceramics.
Orting Valley Farmers Market — 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, June-Sept.
The Orting Valley Farmers Market provides shoppers with a beautiful view and a variety of vendors to shop from. Shoppers can pick up local fruits and veggies while enjoying cooking demonstrations and live entertainment.
Point Ruston Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, June-Sept.
With Point Ruston already a favorite spot for locals, why not also check out its farmers market? The Point Ruston Farmers Market offers all the usual goods of a market, with the added bonus of having the Puget Sound as its backdrop.
Port Orchard Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, April-Oct.
The Port Orchard Farmers Market offers both local produce and goods but a fun experience for the family. The market offers fruits, veggies, meats, dairy, and other grocery staples in addition to activities for kids, including face painting and bouncy houses.
Poulsbo Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, April-Dec.
Rain or shine, the Poulsbo Farmers market gets a head start bringing fresh produce and artisanal crafts to customers starting in April. While shopping for the week’s groceries, you can experiment with your coffee at the Cappuccino Lab and enjoy live music performances.
Proctor Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, March-Dec.
Settled in the quaint neighborhood of Proctor, this farmers market has become a beloved Saturday tradition in Tacoma. Here you can purchase fresh produce, artisanal goods, handmade jewelry, and drinks and snacks. Be sure to check out the several floral booths for beautiful bouquets.
Puyallup Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, April-Oct.
With a long list of vendors, the Puyallup Farmers Market has just about everything you could need. In addition to fresh fruits and veggies, this market also hosts vendors selling fish, kettle corn, South African cuisine, and mini donuts. In addition to food, shoppers can pick up everything from soap to birdhouses.
Shelton Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, May-Sept.
At this market, vendors offer local produce, honey, crafts, and jewelry, as well as flowers and ready-to-eat bites. If you have kids in tow, mark your calendar for the second Saturday of each month, so your family doesn’t miss out on Kids Day. And if you sign up for the market’s newsletter, it will keep you apprised of artist demonstrations.
Steilacoom Farmers Market — 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, July-Aug.
Located in downtown Steilacoom next to Puget Sound, the Steilacoom Farmers Market hosts vendors selling a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, jewelry, flowers, and an assortment of other goods.
Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, May-Sept.
The Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market provides shoppers access to a number of different vendors selling just about everything that could be on a summer grocery list — from vegetables and herbs to barbecue sauces and meats.
Vashon Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, April-End of growing season
While only accessible by a ferry ride, the Vashon Farmers Market still offers a great opportunity to stock up on fresh produce, flowers, and other goods while listening to live music.