I have to admit that although I frequent farmer’s markets regularly during the warmer weather, once the rain starts really coming down, I tend to head to the grocery store. But I’ve started to become curious—is there really a good selection of fresh produce to be had in winter? And I also wondered if maybe I could find holiday greenery, decorations and perhaps other unique items for the holidays that I couldn’t find elsewhere. So one rainy, stormy Saturday in December, I got up early and made my way to the University Farmer’s Market. And lo and behold, I found that lots and lots of other people had too. University Heights was packed with people and every kind of food-stuff imaginable. There were beautiful displays of vegetables and fruit, including a wide variety of apples and apple cider products and a number of local farmstead cheese companies, including one of my favorites, the Mt.Townsend Creamery. There was wild seafood, local pasture raised meats and poultry, artisan breads, and numerous potential gift items such as handmade chocolates, jams, sauces, pies and gourmet salts. The only let down for me was a minimal supply of the holiday greenery and decorations I had hoped to see. There were a few spaces selling basic wreaths, and one space selling table-sized Christmas trees made out of potatoes (!). All-in-all, however, this is one impressive winter-time market!
University District Farmers Market
University Heights Center
University Way NE & NE 50th St.
Hours: Saturdays, 9am-2pm, year-round