Ballard Market remodel should be done by Labor Day

The Ballard Market remodel has an end in sight; director Mike Pederson said it should be complete by Labor Day.

The remodels on the middle of the store and produce section will be done by the 4th of July, Pederson said, and they’ll be aiming to finish the food service section by September.

The new deli area will cater more to customers who want to grab a meal and eat it in the market; they’ll have a waffle bar, a panini and hot sandwich press, a hot entree bar, more hot soup, made-to-order sushi, and even a growler bar. There will be seating for 32, which means it’ll be a bustling spot for lunch in the near future.

“There will be more options for folks to come and grab food to eat right now – that was one of main pushes of the remodel,” Pederson said.

During parts of the food service remodel, some of the ready-to-eat food will be scaled back, but other than that, customers shouldn’t see a big difference.

He said the remodel is going just as planned, despite rumors that it’s been scaled back. He also said that worries about the property selling are unfounded. “If I owned the land, I would certainly be salivating,” Pederson said, but added that he isn’t aware of any redevelopment plans, so there’s nothing to worry about in the near future.

Photo courtesy Ballard Market Facebook page

Ballard Market donates percentage of sales to Sustainable Ballard


Locals who shop at Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) can assist in raising funds for local organization Sustainable Ballard.

As a non-profit organization registered with Ballard Market, Sustainable Ballard receives a donation of 1% of pre-tax subtotals from receipts locals send in.

After shopping at Ballard Market, bring your receipts to any Sustainable Ballard meeting or mail them to the address below:

Sustainable Ballard
2442 Market St PMB 286
Seattle, WA, 98107

To find out more about the work of Sustainable Ballard click here.

Owner of Ballard Market supports plastic bag ban

The Seattle City Council wants shoppers to use reusable shopping bags. A proposal introduced Monday would ban plastic bags from grocers, retailers and department stores and charge a five-cent fee for paper bags. A proposal that Town & Country Markets, which includes Ballard Market, is in support of. “Getting plastic out of the system is the right thing to do,” said Tony D’Onofrio, sustainability director for the Town & Country Markets tells our news partner, The Seattle Times. “The ordinance is simple enough to implement, and the 5-cent fee will offset some of the costs to grocers.”

Seattle voters rejected a measure in 2009 that would charge a 20-cent fee for plastic and paper bags.

According to the Seattle Times, seven of the nine Seattle City Councilmembers have signed onto the bill that was introduced by Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

Put your Ballard Market receipts to good use

Don’t just throw your Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) receipts away, turn them in for a good cause. The East Ballard Community Association is working with the grocery store to get 1% of all receipts they turn in. From the EBCA blog:

The Ballard Market has now stepped up their support by accepting our application to join their 1% program. To participate, just save up your receipts from the Ballard Market and deliver them to Blowing Sands Glass at 5805 14th Ave NW. Dave and Cindy will have a box at the front desk waiting for you. We’ll add them up and submit them to the Ballard Market, they’ll write us a check for 1% of the receipts and we’ll start collecting these funds to support our ebca projects and events!

Both West Woodland Elementary and Salmon Bay School also participate in this program. Please let us know if you’ve got a group or organization participating in the 1% program and we’ll add the information here. (Thanks Dawn for the tip!)

Repaving at Ballard Market

If you’ve shopped at Ballard Market in prime time, you know that parking can be tough. On Tuesday, they repaved the south side of the lot (photo below). And on Wednesday, they’re repaving the north side. So beware, parking will be challenging (although I just parked on the side street.) By Thursday, though, you should be able to park anywhere on the freshly-paved lot.

Ballard Safeway a singles hangout?

“Single in Seattle” blogger Jeanna Barrett says she was shopping at Safeway the other night when some guy hit on her. “Apparently the Ballard Safeway is a breeding ground for single men who like to cook,” she blogs. Well, we wouldn’t know that, but we have noticed lots of 20- and 30-something guys pondering the microbrew selection in Ballard Market’s beer aisle.

No truth to Ballard Market rumors

There’s quite a discussion on LiveJournal about a rumor that Ballard Market has been purchased by condo developers. So we called the store manager for the straight scoop. “There is absolutely no truth to that rumor,” he said, adding that he’s been asked the same question over and over again the last few days.

It seems Ballard residents are getting a little jumpy, especially after the news that Sunset Bowl will shut down in April to make way for luxury apartments. We just saw this Photoshopped photo appear on Flickr of bulldozers and a wrecking ball poised outside Sunset Bowl…

Photo posted by Jeff Burger.

Exploring Ballard, Fremont Markets

We took one look at the sunny weather and bolted out the door this Sunday. After all, staying inside on a sunny winter day in Seattle is one of the seven sins, or so I’m told. First stop, the Ballard Farmers Market.

We weren’t alone, of course. Not as big as a crowd as a sunny August Sunday, but a pretty good turnout. Then we went to the Fremont Market.

Again, a good turnout, but not nearly as big as summer. So, you might ask, what’s the difference between the two markets?

On the left, that’s lettuce and other fresh produce at the Ballard Market. On the right at the Fremont Market, well, that’s a table full of bongs. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). Really, for you newbies out there, the Ballard Market is a farmer’s market and the larger Fremont Market features crafts, antiques, knick-knacks, vintage clothing and artwork.