In the great state of Washington, excellent produce abounds as the tradition of organic farming has deep roots in the fertile soils of the Pacific Northwest. This year, the city of Des Moines near Seattle brings back their renowned Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market, creating a dazzling showcase of local produce and many other fine products from the best independent businesses in the state. Here’s everything you need to know before you visit this signature farmers market.
What is the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market?
Each Saturday this summer, the city of Des Moines will hold a farmers market featuring growers from across the state at the beautiful Des Moines Marina, which offers a stunning view of the Puget Sound. Originally, the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market was established by growers and artisans themselves, seeking a venue to promote and sell their products to residents of the city. Over time, the Des Moines farmers market became a famous attraction drawing citizens from well outside the city of Des Moines.
Today, the farmers market is organized by a board of residents committed to ensuring the quality of vendors and the smooth operation of daily activities. In addition to Saturdays at the Marina, the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market will also be available to the public on Wednesday nights in July and August, an addition to the schedule made possible by overwhelming demand from locals in the area.
Signature Selections from the Des Moines Farmers Market
While the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market offers a wide range of products for sale, from artisanal cheeses to fresh fruits and vegetables and an abundance of delicious preserves, there are a few vendors that stand out among the crowd at this celebrated farmers market. Hayton Farms, for example, is a premium grower of an assortment of berries, including different varieties of blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. For those who need their berry fix, or those looking for the ideal ingredients for a scrumptious berry pie, this Des Moines farmers market could be the key.
Meanwhile, Bees in the Burbs brings quality honey products to Des Moines and surrounding communities. Their distinct booth sells not only pure, organic honey, but a variety of bee-derived products including beeswax candles and bars, as well as equipment and materials for home beekeeping. Their hand-crafted, designer products are an example of the integrity and ingenuity present in all areas of the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market.
Other Seattle Farmers Markets
With convenient access to fresh, organic produce, the city of Seattle is awash with other exciting and intriguing farmers markets for residents to browse and explore. To assist residents with processing all of the options available to them, Seattle Farmers Markets has established a website with an abundance of information on all of Seattle’s various produce showcases.
In the city of Seattle alone, there are 7 widely renowned, recurring farmers markets located in various neighborhoods. These farmers markets are managed by the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, a cooperative between residents similar to that employed by the Des Moines farmers market, ensuring the quality and safety of all products sold.
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