In case you missed the signs this past month – dry, warm, and long days – summer is upon us, which means many of Seattle’s farmers markets have started up for the season!
Not only are the farmer’s markets a great opportunity to get the best produce and learn first hand where your food comes from, they are a great way to avoid the intermediate industries that are required with most large grocery stores. Not that this is inherently bad – without them, we wouldn’t get southern hemisphere produce during our off-season or many imports that we are unable to grow locally – but removing them from the local produce equation often means less waste, less cost, and greater profits to the independent farmers that are often marginalized in our high-tech and finance-focused economy.
Last Thursday, June 18th, SLU (& Weber Thompson!) welcomed back the Pike Place Market Express to 410 Terry Ave. Also, new this year is the Terry Ave Market on Saturdays. Just outside The Terry Thomas, it’s a step toward activating South Lake Union on the weekends, which are usually pretty quiet in this employee-dense, resident-light neighborhood.
Check out these other links to find out about the Farmer’s Markets in your area:
U-District/Capitol Hill/West Seattle/Columbia City/Lake City/Phinney/Magnolia: http://seattlefarmersmarkets.org/
Queen Anne: http://qafma.net/
Additionally, if you’re interested in the junction between architecture and food, stay tuned for a blog recap of the SAF Design in Depth lecture on June 9th about this topic. It was a great discussion about how meals and spaces are designed to enhance and develop ‘The Seattle Flavor.’ Weber Thompson was proud to be the Platinum Sponsor of this event.
- Aaron Swain