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Celebrate the season: Opening of farmers markets offers fresh, healthy food across King County

Summary

Seasonal farmers markets are opening in neighborhoods across King County to join year-round farmers markets in offering consumers the freshest produce while supporting local agriculture.

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With more than three dozen farmers marketsfarmers_market_berries_450 opening by mid-June, now is the perfect time to check out your neighborhood King County farmers market – where the freshest local fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses from area farmers can be found.

“King County farmers markets offer the best locally grown food, while supporting farmers as they continue to play a vital role in the health and prosperity of our county,” said Christie True, director of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.  

For information about all 40 King County farmers markets – including what days they are open and what farm products are in season – visit the Puget Sound Fresh website, at pugetsoundfresh.org. King County has created a story map with great farmers market shopping tips, and even a bit of history.

More and more King County farmers markets are accepting EBT cards, giving more people 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. 

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. Highlights of work completed in 2017 to advance the Local Food Initiative include:

  • Continued growth and expansion of nutrition incentive programs like Fresh Bucks that make healthy food more affordable for low-income communities;
  • The launch of a new multi-partner collaborative that will connect farmland owners with farmers looking to establish or expand their businesses;
  • New community investments in farmers markets, farm stands, and produce delivery to support urban agriculture, promote healthy living, and engage communities;
  • Completion of a landmark “Fish Farm Flood” agreement to address the potentially competing objectives of agriculture, salmon recovery, and flood safety in the Snoqualmie River Valley; and
  • Formation of a new strategic partnership between farming training organizations – the Beginning Farmer Support Collaborative – that will improve delivery of services and support to new and beginning farmers across King County.

Learn more at kingcounty.gov/exec/local-food.aspx.

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RELEVANT LINKS

King County Local Food Initiative

Puget Sound Fresh

Washington State Farmers Market Association

King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

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“King County farmers markets offer the best locally grown food, while supporting farmers as they continue to play a vital role in the health and prosperity of our county.”

- Christie True, director, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Doug Williams, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-4543