Tacoma Farmers Markets
Published: Monday, May 14, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 14, 2012 19:05
It is that time of year again and the farmers markets are opening for the season. As of May 1 the Broadway Market and the 6th Avenue Market are open until this fall. The South Tacoma Market will open in June. For more information on the markets visit www.tacomafarmersmarket.com
The 6th Avenue Market is open on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at the corner of 6th and Pine. Though smaller than the Broadway market, there are also fewer duplications. The 6th Avenue Market has a variety of vendors which seem to offer a little bit of everything. While it has all you would expect of a market such as produce, flowers, baked goods, and lunch vendors; it has a few unexpected items as well, such as vegetarian and vegan soaps, palm and tarot readings, green smoothies, and even vegan handmade ice cream.
This would make a great family outing since it is in the afternoon and is relatively small. Kids will be entertained with face painting and be less likely to ask “Are we done yet?” The convenient location makes it easy to stop by on your way home and pick up a few things for dinner.
The larger Broadway Market contains more vendors, and more selection as many are duplicated. For instance, if you are in search of the perfect bouquet this is the place to be. With over five different fresh flower vendors you are sure to find one that suits your fancy. There are also a number of produce vendors, all with slightly different selections, ready to meet your in-season produce needs. A number of bakeries were present offering whole loafs of bread, giant cinnamon rolls, focaccia bread, and much more.
Unique to this market are the number of cheese vendors, some of which are certified organic. Offering both cow and goat milk cheese in a variety of types and flavors it is at the very least an experience of its own trying them all. Another unique vendor at the Broadway Market, Harbor Herbalist, specializes in creating their own tea blends. Using a variety of organic and locally obtained herbs and plants, Harbor Herbalists had a great selection to choose from as well as a blend which you could taste.
Between these two markets I am almost positive you can find what you are looking for. Both offer such a range in vendors and goods that you could go back each week and find or try something new.