The newly-expanded Queen Anne Farmers Market is back for the season, opening this afternoon (Thursday) at 3 p.m. at the same location of Queen Anne Avenue and West Crockett Street. This year, the market is growing from 32 to 50 vendors (here’s the list) with more local farmers, food artisans and wineries along an expanded produce row.
There are also several events planned for the day. Beginning at 3 and running until 5 p.m., kids are invited to plant their own peas and sunflower plants and see the different stages of growing from seeds already planted. They can bring the plant back in 2 weeks and see who’s has grown the most.
At 5 p.m., the 3-piece string band Red Dog will begin playing. Then at 5:30 p.m., Chef Seth Caswell of Emmer and Rye will be cooking up some of his favorites in the chef tent. And for the entire duration of the market — until 7:30 p.m. — Vince Martinez and the Great Blue Yonder will be entertaining the crowd.
“The growth in our vendor roster is in response to customer feedback that tells us they really enjoy the market but want even greater diversity and number of vendors,” Maria College, co-founder of QAFM told us back in May. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that we maintain the same high quality while providing some new fresh food options.”
Come on out and support great local businesses! We’ll be there, and we’ll post photos later this evening.