Like to eat? Like to shop? Like to people-watch? Then prepare yourself for your new favorite pastime when a cornucopia of local farm produce, crafts and street food hits South Lake Union on June 6: . The Terry Avenue Saturday Market. There, across Denny Way from Pan Pacific Hotel and Whole Foods, you’ll find the best the Northwest has to offer under the tents and along aisles, where dinner goods and hot-off-the-grill street food can be purchased straight from producers. Not hungry? The “window” shopping of artisanal mercantile goods alone will satisfy your soul.
You might say the Terry Avenue Saturday Market is a legacy family affair. It was organized by Ryan Reiter, son of Jon and Candace Hegeman, who fell in love with European markets decades ago and brought the colorful model to Seattle in the form of the Fremont Sunday Market -- with the Ballard, Wallingford and Madrona farmers markets following as the concept grew in popularity. Reiter said that launching the SLU market seemed like a good way to celebrate a quarter-century of supporting local producers and honoring the tradition of family markets.
“This market is designed to support local artists and farmers for the growing residential community of SLU and serve as a commuter market for neighborhoods like Capitol Hill/Broadway, Eastlake, downtown Seattle, Belltown and lower Queen Anne,” Reiter said. “Our goal is simple: to offer Seattle the largest Saturday market offering of local produce, handcrafts and processors and support the SLU neighborhood with weekend activities.”
Even a partial list of market vendors lined up for the market this season provides an alluring glimpse of delicious food and merchant goods:
• Mystery Bay Seafood
• Dolcetta Artisan Sweets
• Seattle Pickle Company
• Northwest Wild Food
• Capitol Hill Candle Company
• Mustard and Company
• The World’s Fossils and Minerals,
• Queen Anne Olive Oil Company
• No Boundaries Books
• Tangerine Jewelry, and dozens more
The Terry Avenue Saturday Market isn’t meant to replicate the Fremont and Ballard markets – it’s meant to build its own culture that is true to SLU itself.
“It’s a great place to be a part of,” Reiter said. “The synergy and level of support by neighboring businesses and stakeholders has been very encouraging. We want to increase weekend foot traffic and make this more than just a general neighborhood farmers market -- and add to the life in the streets of South Lake Union.”
Terry Avenue Saturday Market - Opening Day Celebration
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
225 Terry Avenue N
Posted by DiscoverSLU on May. 27
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