America's Best Farmers' Markets
Courtesy of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance
The Spread: Seattle claimed the No. 1 spot for farmers’ markets in our annual America’s Favorite Cities survey, so it’s no surprise to find one of the country’s best single markets as well. On Saturdays, 60-odd growers and procurers gather in the University Heights Community Center playground to sell their wares—which all come from within Washington State. Award-winning chefs like Maria Hines and Jerry Traunfeld (of Poppy) are often seen stocking up here on seafood like Alaskan spot prawns and tiny Pacific oysters; cuts of heavily marbled Mangalitsa pork; and foraged edible plants from the state’s deep, wet forests—including fiddlehead ferns, stinging nettles, and morels.
Most Unusual Find: Ozette potatoes—thin-skinned, lumpy fingerlings that were cultivated by Makah Pacific Coast Native Americans 200 years ago—from Full Circle Farm in nearby Carnation.