We’re lucky to have farmer's markets running year-round in Seattle, and now is the time when those markets overflow with bright, bountiful produce. From West Seattle to the U-District, we can shop at a market almost every day of the week. Of course, we need something to snack on while we’re filling our baskets with handmade sausages, garlic scapes and tender leafy greens. Thankfully, we’ve got breakfast sandwiches, seasonal tamales and all-fruit ice pops to devour while we’re planning dinner. Read on for eight bites to be had while perusing area markets this summer.
Photo courtesy Loki Fish Company
Loki Fish Company
Family-owned since 1979, the Loki tent is the place to go for gill net-caught wild salmon and halibut sold as fillets, jerky, cold smoked lox, canned or whole. While you’re grabbing a sample of smoked salmon, be sure to check out what else they’re putting together, keeping an eye out for salmon sliders, breakfast or loki halibut burgers.
Find them at: U-District Farmers Market, Ballard Sunday Market, Broadway Sunday Market, West Seattle Farmers Market
Nature’s Last Stand
This farm raises heritage breed pork as well as chickens and row crops. While you’re checking out the vegetables, be sure to grab a hot breakfast sandwich stuffed with eggs and sausage from the farm.
Find them at: West Seattle Farmers Market, U-District Farmers Market
Photo by Rose Allred
Sea Breeze Farms
This Vashon Island farm tent is a one-stop meat shop, with a case filled with fresh (never frozen) pork and lamb products in addition to ghee, pâté, chicken and duck eggs and freshly made cheese. Sample the wares with a pulled pork or grilled mortadella sandwich, sausage plate or bowl of chili.
Find them at: U-District, Ballard Sunday Market, Columbia City Farmers Market, Bellevue Market
Photo courtesy Lily's Salvadorian Pupusa
Lily’s Salvadorian Pupusa
As Lily’s sign proclaims — this is the spot for a real taste of El Salvador. Stop here for pupusas, tamales, horchata or a full Salvadorian breakfast with rice and beans, farm-fresh eggs and fried plantains.
Find them at: Columbia City Farmers Market, U-District Farmers Market
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Miri Plowman sells poffertjes (mini Dutch pancakes). Yeasted dough is squeezed onto a buttered cast-iron griddle and tossed with everything from berries and powdered sugar to mushrooms and salmon. They’re made to order and hard to miss.
Find them at: Broadway Sunday Market
When the sun starts blazing, the quickest way to cool off at the market is with one of Megan Janes’s Seattle Pops. There are pops to please vegans and dairy lovers alike, but keep watch for the avocado, coconut cream and blackberry ginger pops.
Find them at: Columbia City Farmers Market, Wallingford Farmers Market, Bellevue Farmers Market, U-District Farmers Market, Shoreline Farmers Market, Issaquah Farmers Market, Edmonds Farmers Market, Fremont Sunday Market, Mercer Island Farmers Market, Lake Forest Park Farmers Market, West Seattle Farmers Market.
Photo courtesy El Chito
A well-made tamale is a thing of beauty, and it’s exactly what you’re going to find at El Chito. In addition to pork, chicken and veggie tamales, this stand offers hand-wrapped vegan, breakfast and market tamales, stuffed with the freshest ingredients from the market — from asparagus to quinoa and kale.
Find them at: Broadway Sunday Market, Lake City Farmers Market, Phinney Farmers Market, Magnolia Farmers Market, Pike Place Market.