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Queen Anne Farmers Market opens in just over two months

March 27th, 2014 by Laura

This morning, Summer felt ages away as I walked my dog in the kind of drizzle that soaks you from head to toe and seems to slant sideways from every direction. But, it’s Spring, and that means sunbreaks and looking forward to Summer – and the Queen Anne Farmers Market!

QAFM logoThe 2014 dates for QAFM are set: the market will be open from 3pm-7:30pm every Thursday, from June 5 through October 16. It’ll be at its usual spot, at Crockett St and Queen Anne Ave N, and will feature over 50 Washington farms, artisan food and street food vendors, live music, and cooking demonstrations.

QAFM’s goal for 2014 is “to continue building a dynamic community hub for our neighbors and greater Seattle.” Last year, Seattle Weekly named QAFM the best farmers market in Seattle – let’s all help that happen for 2014!

More info will follow in the coming weeks as the QAFM team works behind the scenes to get this season up and running. A new poster will be unveiled soon, as well as a 2014 QAFM Rose produced by Canlis (proceeds benefit QAFM, and last year’s Rose was tasty!) – stay tuned and think Summer!

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New hours for Queen Anne Farmers Market begin Thursday

September 18th, 2013 by Laura

QAFM 2013 Poster

New hours have a 7pm end

Heads up for those who arrive late to the Queen Anne Farmers Market – the summer hours of 3-7:30pm end tomorrow, Thursday, September 19th.

Per the QAFM, with the days getting shorter (and darker earlier), they’re starting the new fall hours of 3-7pm.

And, as a reminder, the QAFM season runs all the way through Halloween this year, allowing everyone to benefit from the fall growing season. Plus, the market will celebrate one of our neighborhood’s favorite holidays with a Halloween celebration!

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New Rose wine label created by Canlis benefits Queen Anne Farmers Market

August 24th, 2013 by Laura

It’s still summery, so Rose wines really fit the bill for an afternoon or evening outside or with light summer veggie fare from the Queen Anne Farmers Market. What a better way to indulge and help out our QAFM than to try a new Rose created by Canlis that benefits QAFM?

QAFM RoseThe new label was created by Canlis specifically to benefit our independent, non-profit market. Canlis’ wine program recently won its seventeenth consecutive Wine Spectator Grand Award, placing it in the top 50 wine lists of the world. Canlis Sommelier, Nelson Daquip, selected this Rose for its tradition as a celebratory summer wine.

According to Maria College, co-founder and Director of QAFM:

“We cannot adequately express our gratitude to the Canlis Family and to Canlis Sommelier, Nelson Daquip, for their continued support and generosity. Every week we celebrate Washington’s agricultural abundance and we are thrilled that we can also showcase our state’s proud tradition as the second largest wine-producing region in the country.”

The new Rose is available for purchase at local wine merchant McCarthy & Shiering, at the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N. The wine shop is offering it at a reasonable price point of $13.99 per bottle. Stop by today to pick up a bottle and enjoy the last weeks of summer!

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Eat at 5 Spot on Tuesday and help out the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market

July 29th, 2013 by Laura

5Spot QAFMLast Thursday, the 5 Spot took the stage at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market chef’s tent – and the QAFM love continues tomorrow!

Between 5pm and 10pm tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30, 20% of 5 Spot’s evening food sales will go to our local farmers market. A great fundraiser at a local business… plus, prizes!

Stop by the 5 Spot tomorrow, check out their rotating menu and old stand-bys, and help out the QAFM.

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Help out the International Rescue Committee at this week’s Queen Anne Farmers Market

July 10th, 2013 by Laura

QAFM 2013 PosterThe Queen Anne Farmers Market returns Thursday with all the things you love about the market – fresh fruits and veggies, meats, seafood, flowers, food, and entertainment. We’re starting to enter the full-swing of the growing season, and after last week’s day-off (July 4th), the market will have all sorts of new in-season market goods so you can restock your kitchen!

And, speaking of kitchens, take a look around and see what kitchen items you have that you either no longer need, or perhaps are saving for a yard sale… why? This week’s market provides the opportunity to donate those gently used kitchen items to the International Rescue Committee of Seattle. (and new items are welcome too!)

QAFM Opening Day 2The IRC of Seattle will be at the market, led by QAFM volunteer Liz O’Connell, to collect new and gently used kitchen items. Founded by Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises by helping people survive and rebuild their lives.

Anyone who brings donations will get special treats as a thank you, courtesy of Whole Foods Market – plus, a great day at the QAFM for all!

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Queen Anne Farmers Market plus Lloyd Martin equals special series of Thursday dinners

July 9th, 2013 by Laura

The Queen Anne Farmers Market returns this Thursday, July 11th, and local restaurant Lloyd Martin is kicking off a series of farmers market dinners that will highlight the bounty of the market and run through October.

Lloyd Martin Sam in kitchenChef and Owner Sam Crannell will shopping at the Queen Anne Farmers Market every Thursday, selecting the best among the peak produce, seafood, meats and more that the QAFM offers every week.

Chef Sam will then feature his finds in a three course Farmers Market Menu every Thursday evening at Lloyd Martin. He’ll supplement the dinners with house made pasta and anticipates menus that feature more vegetable and seafood rich dishes depending on the market’s offerings each week.

Reservations are recommended, as the menu will only be offered from 5-7 pm on QAFM days (Thursdays). The price will range from $30-45 depending on what Sam finds at the market. Lloyd Martin’s menu is always based around fresh products, but the special farmers market menus will allow Sam to cook as local as possible, while taking advantage of our Queen Anne Farmers Market.

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No QAFM on July 4th, so stock up today

June 27th, 2013 by Laura

QAFM 2013 PosterThe QAFM is today from 3-7:30pm, and it’s a great time to stock up on fruits and veggies before the market takes a break next week. As a general rule, the QAFM is open every Thursday through October 31th, but this year, the 4th of July lands on a Thursday. The QAFM took a poll of vendors and decided to take a break for the holiday.

And, a quick heads up that the July 11th QAFM will also include a tent to collect new and gently used kitchen and household items for the International Rescue Committee, helping refugee families. So, take some time to collect blankets, sheets, shower curtains, towels, and small electronics such as DVD players, radios, and George Foreman grills for the cause. (note: no clothing or large items such as furniture).

So, plan ahead and get shopping today, and clean out your closets, attics, and basements for the July 11th donation event. Then, enjoy the 4th with friends, family, and fireworks!

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QAFM Opening Day photo gallery

June 6th, 2013 by Laura

QAFM Opening Day 1Today was the Opening Day for the Queen Anne Farmers Market, and it was hopping! Lots of people, sunny weather, music, food trucks, and the usual fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, and other farmers market fare.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Thursdays, 3pm-7:30pm through October 31st. And, contrary to previous reports, it may not be every Thursday… the QAFM is likely taking July 4th off. (which makes sense, so stay tuned)

And, if you missed it, you can take a look at the gallery of photos from today’s events – just click on the image to the right and it’ll take you to today’s photo gallery.

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Queen Anne Farmers Market kicks off the season this Thursday

June 3rd, 2013 by Laura

We’ve made it through winter and most of spring, and now there’s a sure sign of summer on the horizon – the Queen Anne Farmers Market opens this Thursday, and will be open every Thursday from 3pm-7:30pm until October 31st.

QAFM 2013 PosterOur local QAFM is the only independent farmers market in Seattle, and volunteers are on-board to help keep it running! How can you help? Pick up a QAFM yard sign to help advertise the market, they’ll be available at the QAFM kiosk starting this Thursday.

This year’s market features over 50 Washington farms, artisan food producers and street food vendors – including a somewhat new set-up for food trucks that’ll highlight a few different trucks per week, plus more seating.

And, to kick off the season, the opening day includes a cooking demonstration with Seattle City Council President, Sally J. Clark and Councilmember, Richard Conlin, a Radish Run & Relay for kids ages 2-10, and a musical performance by Rich Brisbois and Cindy Arasim. Here’s the opening day schedule:

QAFM Opening Day Schedule – June 6, 2013

  • 4:00pm: Kids ages 2-5 – How far can you run while holding a radish on a spoon?
  • 4:20pm: Kids ages 6-10 – Sign up in groups of three to relay down Produce Row with your radish partner. Sign up in advance via email.
  • 5:00pm: Cooking Demonstration with Sally J. Clark, President, Seattle City Council
  • 6:00pm: Cooking Demonstration with Seattle City Councilmember, Richard Conlin
  • 5pm-7pm: Market Music: Rich Brisbois and Cindy Arasim
  • And, to help plan your afternoon or evening at QAFM, you can check out this year’s vendor list – there are quite a few familiar names, as well as some exciting newcomers.

    Be sure to stop by the QAFM at Queen Anne Ave N and West Crockett St this Thursday and every Thursday through Halloween!

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    2013 Queen Anne Farmers Market poster unveiled today

    May 22nd, 2013 by Laura

    This morning, the Queen Anne Farmers Market (QAFM) announced its 2013 season’s poster, designed by local Pacific Northwest graphic designer Joe Wirthheim.

    QAFM 2013 PosterThe QAFM team met Joe at the Fremont Market, where they first saw his “Victory Garden of Tomorrow” poster series.

    In the new QAFM poster, Joe provides a child’s perspective of the market, with everyone invited to join in – “Everybody’s at the Queen Anne Farmers Market.” And, beginning June 6th, everyone can join in for market fun on Thursdays through October 31st.

    Joe’s colorful work is infused with a message of meaningful change:

    “I’d like to spread the vision of a future that is sustainable and dynamic, while staying connected to our legacy of ingenuity, invention and diverse community.”

    The posters are available by donation at:

    And, you can get also your poster in advance of market season at the Bigelow Block Sale on Saturday, June 1st. You can pick one up at the corner of Bigelow Ave N and Newton Street between 11am and 3pm.

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    Queen Anne Farmers Market news to tie you over until June

    March 19th, 2013 by Laura

    Spring starts this week, but we still have a couple months to go before the growing season kicks off in the Pacific Northwest – but fear not, we have some Queen Anne Farmers Market news to whet your appetite for the upcoming season, and make you long for the days when W Crockett St is closed to cars and filled with vendors and locals alike.

    Photo courtesy of QAFM

    First up, mark your calendar – the QAFM season runs from June 6th – October 31st this year. That’s right, it’ll be around through Halloween and the Queen Anne Ave Halloween festivities, as the market extends further into the fall produce season. Market hours will be the usual 3:00-7:30pm.

    Secondly, the market has a new market manager, Tom Tafelsky. According to a market spokesperson, the whole QAFM team is looking forward to a great season of Tom’s and the board’s leadership; Tom has a commitment to community that will help motivate others to volunteer or donate to our non-profit market, keeping it independent, thriving, and growing. A 3-year Queen Anne resident who’s volunteered with the P-Patch giving program, Tom has a commitment to community building. He’s excited about joining the QAFM team and looks forward to connecting with the Queen Anne community while building on the growth and success of the market in 2013.

    Photo courtesy of QAFM

    Next up, QAFM vendors and activities – the vendor roster is still being developed, but rest assured, we’ll see both old favorites and new faces among the 50 farms, artisans, and food vendors. The final list won’t be available until May, but news of Renee Erickson’s Narwahl oyster wagon is joining the food truck line-up has been confirmed by the QAFM. (Erickson’s restaurants include The Whale Wins, Walrus and the Carpenter, Boat Street Café). The ever-popular chef’s tent will return, and new this year will be a kid’s market tour to introduce little ones to various types of produce throughout the season.

    Photo courtesy of QAFM

    And, finally, just this week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 5674, sponsored by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles – this bill “would allow up to three wineries or microbreweries per day to offer samples at a farmers market.” The bill now goes to the House of Representatives. If it passes, we can all cross fingers that the QAFM may see Washington state wineries and microbreweries in the future – no applications yet, but this bill certainly helps open the door!

    That’s it for now, but it’s certainly enough to get us through the next few months of typical Spring weather. June is in our sights!

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    Only 5 Tickets Left for the QAFM Fundraiser – Get Yours Before They’re Gone!

    September 24th, 2012 by Laura

    From our friends at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: “Only 5 tickets left for our QAFM fundraiser at The Pantry at Delancey. You aren’t going to want to miss this event – our best produce, great company, and stellar preparation.”

    Get tickets for this October 2nd event at the QAFM web site.

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