USA Today nominates Ballard Farmers Market as one of the nation’s best

The Ballard Farmers Market is gaining national attention: It’s one of 20 farmers markets in the running for USA Today’s Best Farmers Market in the country.

Our year-round, homegrown farmers market is currently in 10th place in the competition, right behind Boulder, Colorado’s seasonal market. Currently, the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market in Ephrata, Pennsylvania is in first place.

To vote for Ballard, click here.

“Seattle’s Ballard Farmers Market is a year-round hub for fresh produce from Washington state farmers, as well as goods from other purveyors and makers,” 10Best Local Expert Corinne Whiting said about our local market.

The Ballard Farmer’s Market is in its 21st year: It started in 2000 and was the city’s first year-round farmers market. After a brief one-month closure last year during the beginning of the pandemic, the market reopened first as a drive-through market, then in-person with strict health and safety guidelines.

Now, things are getting closer to normal, with the market now able to sell prepared food once again. Prepared food vendors will take orders from inside the market, and customers can pick up orders outside the market from the backside of the vendor’s booth. However, keep in mind that there is no eating or drinking within the market.

USA Today’s farmers market competition goes through April 12. You can vote once per day until voting ends on Monday, April 12 at 9am PST. The top 10 winners will be announced on Friday, April 23.

The Ballard Farmers Market is open every Sunday 9am to 2pm; click here to learn more about social distancing and pandemic precautions. The market still has online shopping options for those who wish to stay at home; check out the virtual market here.

Help support My Ballard's independent local journalism