Shop Fresh and Local at Olympia Farmers Market

Shopping at the Olympia Farmers Market can be a great way to get to know your community while supporting your local economy. Open year-round with three distinct operating seasons, it’s a great addition to your weekly shopping routine. The market is open Thursday to Sunday, April through October for High Season, Saturday and Sunday in November and December for Holiday Season, and every Saturday in January through March for Winter Season, always 10am to 3pm.

Founded in 1975, the Market has been in its current location at the top of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia since 1996. With four dedicated full-time employees and a volunteer board of directors comprised of vendors, they are committed to their mission “to promote and encourage the development of local, small-scale agriculture and ensure a dynamic market balance for small, local growers and others to make available their products to residents of this community.”

The open-air, barn-inspired building provides protection from the weather and space for over 100 unique small businesses from the South Sound region to connect directly with customers in the community. Visitors to the market will find fruit and produce, artisan foods, wine, plant starts, cut flowers, pasture-raised meats, dairy, baked goods, seafood, jams and preserves, confections, handcrafted gifts including jewelry, woodworking, textiles, ceramics, glasswork, photography, local art and more. Free daily live entertainment can be enjoyed at the Market main stage with ample seating and space to enjoy delicious foods from the eight restaurants. The Market also has over 200 free two-hour parking stalls, accessible restroom facilities, and three ATM’s for customer convenience.

The Market accepts new farmer and food processor applications year-round and new crafter applications annually from December 1-31.

Olympia Farmers Market
olympiafarmersmarket.com

Olympia Farmers Market Spring Schedule

We’ve all been looking for a way to get more involved in the community, and our local farmers markets are a perfect way to do just that! While the Olympia Farmers Market has been operating on reduced hours over the winter, we are excited to announce that the Market is, as of Thursday, April 1, returning to its “High Season” schedule. With this schedule, the Market is open from Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Senior Day will once again be offered on Thursdays, with special discounts for those 55 and better. 

Though the Olympia Farmers Market has been open on Saturdays these last few months, April marks the beginning of the growing season and welcomes beautiful spring weather to enjoy. This season, the Market will feature even more vendors offering local vegetables, Washington grown fruit, prepared food, and artisan crafts. 

For more information, visit www.olympiafarmersmarket.com.

MARTINA PRESTON

The Olympia Farmers Market: Holiday Market

The change of season at The Olympia Farmers Market means beautiful fall and winter produce and wonderful handcrafted items from some of your favorite local artisans. Shop local first and grab a handmade centerpiece, holiday inspired table runner, hand blown glasses and wood serving tray to present the perfect farm-to-table meal. The Market will have plenty of baked goods, cheeses, jams, sauces, seafood, fresh and cured meats and more to create memorable holiday meals!
Holiday Market Hours at The Olympia Farmers Market runs every Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm, November through December 19th. You’ll find fresh produce, artisan foods, inspired art and jewelry, practical and whimsical gifts – something for everyone on your holiday list! The Market will be closed December 25 and 26 and will reopen Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. January, February, and March the Market will be open every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

ABOUT THE OLYMPIA FARMERS MARKET: In operation since 1975, The Olympia Farmers Market is home to over 100 vendors from the South Puget Sound area. Now open year-round, over 150 days a year, we see approximately 500,000 visitors a year. We have a dedicated staff and a volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to our mission “to promote and encourage the development of local, small-scale agriculture and ensure a dynamic market balance for small, local growers and others to make available their products to residents of this community.” We are proud to be an active component of the Olympia community for 45 years.

Centrally located on the waterfront of downtown Olympia, in close proximity to the Hands on Children’s Museum and WET Science Center, area residents and visitors can enjoy local farm fresh produce, artisan foods, wine, plant starts, cut flowers, fresh and cured meats, dairy, fresh baked goods, seafood, jams and preserves, confections, handcrafted gifts, local arts and more, with restaurants and plenty of covered seating, all set to live music.

Olympia Farmers Market

Olympia Farmers Market

Shopping at the Olympia Farmers Market can be a great way to get to know your community while supporting your local economy. Open year-round with three distinct operating seasons, it’s a great addition to your weekly shopping routine. The market is open Thursday to Sunday, April through October for High Season, Saturday and Sunday in November and December for Holiday Season, and every Saturday in January through March for Winter Season, always 10am to 3pm. (Please check for current hours due to pandemic restrictions.)

Founded in 1975, the Market has been in its current location at the top of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia since 1996. With four dedicated full-time employees and a volunteer board of directors comprised of vendors, they are committed to their mission “to promote and encourage the development of local, small-scale agriculture and ensure a dynamic market balance for small, local growers and others to make available their products to residents of this community.”

The open-air, barn-inspired building provides protection from the weather and space for over 100 unique small businesses from the South Sound region to connect directly with customers in the community. Visitors to the market will find fruit and produce, artisan foods, wine, plant starts, cut flowers, pasture-raised meats, dairy, baked goods, seafood, jams and preserves, confections, handcrafted gifts including jewelry, woodworking, textiles, ceramics, glasswork, photography, local art and more. Free daily live entertainment can be enjoyed at the Market main stage with ample seating and space to enjoy delicious foods from the eight restaurants. The Market also has over 200 free two-hour parking stalls, accessible restroom facilities, and three ATM’s for customer convenience.

The Market accepts new farmer and food processor applications year-round and new crafter applications annually from December 1 through December 31. Visit the website for more information at www.olympiafarmersmarket.com.

Olympia Farmers Market- Winter Season

Olympia Farmers Market- Winter Season

 

January -March, every Saturday 10am-3pm

 

700 Capitol Way N, Olympia

 

360.352.9096 | olympiafarmersmarket.com

 

Olympia Farmers Market is working hard to provide a safe shopping environment for the wellbeing of our customers, staff and vendors. To do so, we’ve implemented a set of safety measures, limited market hours and vendors and are working to introduce curbside Market Pickup & Deliveries.

Olympia Farmers Market- Winter Season

Olympia Farmers Market- Winter Season

 

January -March, every Saturday 10am-3pm

 

700 Capitol Way N, Olympia

 

360.352.9096 | olympiafarmersmarket.com

 

Olympia Farmers Market is working hard to provide a safe shopping environment for the wellbeing of our customers, staff and vendors. To do so, we’ve implemented a set of safety measures, limited market hours and vendors and are working to introduce curbside Market Pickup & Deliveries.

Amp Your Health with Greens This Spring

As leaves begin to unfurl, spring can be a great reminder to take a moment to get reconnected with the natural world and recommit to personal self-care. One of the best ways to assist your health, and especially your immune system, is by being more mindful of your diet. Here in the South Sound, the abundance of farmers markets makes finding local, fresh, and whole foods incredibly easy.

Spring brings an explosion of green to the produce offered by farmers. The array of greens will include familiar favorites such as chard, kale, lettuce, sorrel, and spinach, but also the more unusual fiddleheads and nettles. Expand your use of greens from the salad and try some cooked greens. After eating them a few times, you will quickly find out why cooked greens are part of such a variety of cuisines from China to France to India. With a short cooking time, versatility, unique flavors and important nutritional benefits, greens can become a regular part of healthy eating either on their own or nestled in other dishes. Here are some ways to try spring greens:

  • Saute greens until tender in a large pot with olive oil, salt and garlic or onion. Add additional flavor with a dot of butter or cream along with seasonal herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Add sliced kale to soups and stews during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking.
  • Toss some chopped fresh greens into a smoothie.
  • Increase the nutritional power in your breakfast by sautéing chopped greens and garlic before you add eggs for scrambling.

Farmers will also be offering leeks, potatoes, rhubarb, and sprouts among their spring bounty. Eating fresh whole foods can be cleansing and enlivening for your body after the limited choices of winter eating which often includes more processed foods. With an extensive history of family farming, the communities of the South Sound have been growing crops for decades. Today you can find markets throughout Tacoma, as well as in Puyallup, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, and Olympia. It can be a fun family outing to go visit a new farmers market to explore new vendors, neighborhoods, and parks. So don’t be deterred by the spring rains and plan a trip to a farmers market today.

For Additional Information
Lakewood Farmers Market | City of Lakewood
cityoflakewood.us/lakewood-farmersmarket

Olympia Farmers Market
olympiafarmersmarket.com

Tacoma Farmers Markets
tacomafarmersmarket.com

Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmers Market
gigharborwaterfront.org

Puyallup Farmers Market | Puyallup Main Street Association
puyallupmainstreet.com

BY HILLARY RYAN

Olympia Farmers Market- Winter Season

Olympia Farmers Market- Winter Season

 

January -March, every Saturday 10am-3pm

 

700 Capitol Way N, Olympia

 

360.352.9096 | olympiafarmersmarket.com

 

Olympia Farmers Market is working hard to provide a safe shopping environment for the wellbeing of our customers, staff and vendors. To do so, we’ve implemented a set of safety measures, limited market hours and vendors and are working to introduce curbside Market Pickup & Deliveries.

Olympia Farmers Market

Olympia Farmers Market- Winter Season

 

January -March, every Saturday 10am-3pm

 

700 Capitol Way N, Olympia

 

360.352.9096 | olympiafarmersmarket.com

 

Olympia Farmers Market is working hard to provide a safe shopping environment for the wellbeing of our customers, staff and vendors. To do so, we’ve implemented a set of safety measures, limited market hours and vendors and are working to introduce curbside Market Pickup & Deliveries.

Resolution Restart At Your Farmer’s Market

If you are like most of the population, you’ve long since forgotten your New Year’s resolution by the time summer arrives. But if your pledge was to eat healthier, now is the time to get things back on track. Attend a local farmers market for fresh, nutritious local and organic offerings.

Farmers are ready at their booths with ripe fruit, handpicked vegetables and other farm-fresh foods that will inspire you to select nourishing as well as local fare. From small farms that dot the Key Peninsula, to the cattle ranches of Eatonville, to the large row-crop farms of the fertile Puyallup Valley, farms are a vibrant part of life throughout our region.

The South Sound boasts numerous farm-to-table markets to choose from. Usually more than just shopping awaits you. Get to know the grower at the Puyallup Farmers Market. Listen to live music or watch chef demonstrations at the Lakewood Farmers Market located around the fountain near City Hall. Make a day of it and explore the delights of Gig Harbor at the Waterfront Farmers Market. Check out the Olympia Farmers Market, where you can enjoy a wide array of food vendors. And a new year-round farmers market, modeled after the Granville Island Public Market, is in the works at the Tacoma hotspot Point Ruston.

So whether you are looking for a crispy addition for a verdant salad, some fresh eggs for a delicious quiche or a gift for a special friend, get to know our local farmers markets and whip that resolution into shape.

HILARY RYAN

Puyallup Farmers Market – puyallupmainstreet.com
Lakewood Farmers Market – cityoflakewood.us
Gig Harbor Farmers Market – gigharborfarmersmarket.com
Olympia Farmers Market – olympiafarmersmarket.com