Farmers markets are popping up in neighborhoods across King County, and shopping at a nearby farmers market means getting the freshest produce, while supporting local agriculture.
While a handful of King County’s 41 farmers markets are open year ‘round, most are seasonal, and the bulk of them open for business starting in May and June – with 13 farmers markets opening in May. And this spring’s unusually warm weather could more fresh fruit and vegetables will be for sale earlier than normal.
“Shopping at a nearby farmers market means you’ll get the best locally grown food for your family, while helping farmers strengthen their roots in our community,” said Christie True, director of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.
Visiting a farmers market is also one of best ways King County residents can help build a stronger local food system. The County is currently promoting tips to help residents become “Good Food Champions” by being aware of what they consume, where it is grown or produced, and whether others also have the opportunity to eat healthy, local food.
Through wise food purchasing and consumption, residents can keep local farms productive, food businesses thriving, and help ensure that everyone in King County has access to affordable, healthy food.
And more King County farmers markets are accepting EBT cards this year, meaning more people have access to farm-fresh and wholesome foods. For a complete list of farmers markets that accept EBT cards, visit the Washington State Farmers Market Association website, wafarmersmarkets.com.
Supporting local farms is a key element of King County Executive Dow Constantine’s Local Food Initiative, which is designed to increase access to healthy food, better connect consumers to producers, and forge a more resilient farm-to-plate chain to counter the effects of climate change. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/local-food.aspx.
A new web-based resource, FarmKingCounty.org, is among the new tools available through the Local Food Initiative that help new farmers and food entrepreneurs learn how to start, operate and grow a successful farm enterprise. A network of technical experts is available to answer questions, help people navigate the toolbox, and connect them to organizations and service providers that can provide additional support.