The Queen Anne Farmers Market, the only independent farmers market in Seattle, will feature artisan foods and crafts for all ages. Photo courtesy of QAFM
The Queen Anne Farmers Market, the only independent farmers market in Seattle, will feature artisan foods and crafts for all ages. Photo courtesy of QAFM
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Shoppers will have an opportunity to meet and support local farmers beginning in June, at the Queen Anne and Magnolia Farmers Markets.

The Magnolia market (www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/markets/magnolia) opens first, on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and continues every Saturday through Sept. 28. It’s staked its spot at West McGraw St and 33rd Avenue West, in the heart of Magnolia Village.

The Queen Anne Farmers Market (qafma.net) will open Thursdays, from 3 to 7:30 p.m., starting June 6 and running through Oct. 31, at West Crockett Street and Queen Anne Avenue North.

Magnolia Farmers Market
The Magnolia Farmers Market (MFM) will celebrate its 10th anniversary season this year, expanding to a total of 38 vendors. The MFM will also celebrate its anniversary with a special sale day on July 13, with special deals at each booth.

“The market is getting much bigger this year: more farmers, more bakers. We’re providing much more prepared food and more special events every week. At every level, we’re providing more good stuff,” said Chris Curtis, founder and director of the Neighborhood Famers Market Alliance, which operates the Magnolia market. “It’s going to be great.”

Eighteen new vendors have been added this year, including Hedlin Farms, Present Tense Farm, River Farm, Youngquist Farm, R Heritage Farm, Tieton Farm & Creamery, Twin Oaks Creamery, Snohomish Bakery, Teya’s Pastries & Cakes, Whidbey Island Ice Cream, White Heron Vinyard, Magnolia-based Golden Ratio Gourmet, Got Soup, the Knife Sharpener Guy, Jarvis Growers and El Chito.

“I’m incredibly thrilled with the variety that the neighborhood will have to shop at,” said MFM manager Molly Burke.

Every week, there will be music and special events, including African kora player Sean Gaskil (June 15), blues guitarist PK Dwyer (July 6 and Sept. 21), musician Greg Spence Wolf (July 27) and trombonist Marc Smason (Aug. 17).

A new community partner this year, Metropolitan Market, will have an ongoing fresh-mozzarella demonstration on site, showing market attendees how to make the cheese. Kids’ activities will also take place, including the Pagliacci Pizza-sponsored zucchini car races (happening during the Magnolia Car Show on Aug. 10) and storytelling on four different Saturdays throughout the market season.

There will also be a political candidates’ forum in July, before the primaries in August.

Last year, the MFM experienced a notably significant increase in foot traffic, with 26,000 shoppers, as compared to 11,000 shoppers the previous year. This was largely due to the market relocating to McGraw Street, allowing more room for vendors and customers, organizers say.

Queen Anne Farmers Market
The Queen Anne Farmers Market (QAFM) will enter its seventh season in June.

The June 6 opening will include a kids’ Radish Run and Relay, cooking demonstrations with City Councilmembers Sally Clark and Richard Conlin, music and a canned-food drive.

According to its year-end letter, the market’s overall sales last year increased 54 percent, overall attendance increased 36 percent and the total number of vendors increased from 41 to 61 percent. QAFM is hoping to continue the momentum of last year, its best season yet, with a diverse roster of more than 50 vendors that include farms, artisan foods and street foods.

The market also plans to continue its community-giving programs, which provided booth space for nonprofits, an EBT-matching program and a food-gleaning program that collected more than 5,600 pounds of food for local food banks and soup kitchens in 2012.

New this year, Liz Petrillo, of Windermere Real Estate, has sponsored a community table, where neighbors can sit down together to share a meal. QAFM eventually hopes to have seating for up to 60 people at the table.

The market has also added two new gluten-free vendors to its roster: d:floured bakery and I Love my GFF.

The QAFM is unveiling a new poster, which will be for sale on opening day at the Bigelow Sale (Bigelow Avenue at Newton Street) or at the community kiosk during market hours. All proceeds will benefit the QAFM.

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