Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets flourish in the Pacific Northwest from April through October, although many are open longer and a few offer year-round opening hours.

About 45 minutes’ drive from Agate Beach House, the vibrant Olympia Farmers Market, located near the State Capitol, operates through December 24th and then resumes again in the Spring (http://www.olympiafarmersmarket.com/).

You can buy seasonal fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads and pastries, foraged foods like wild mushrooms and berries, fresh oysters, shellfish and fish (raw or smoked). Beautiful dried flower wreaths and handicrafts such as jewelry, bird houses, bat houses and wood carvings are offered, as are lavender neck pillows and artisanal candles made with soy and local beeswax.

There is also a small farmers market in the nearby town of Shelton (http://www.sheltonfarmersmarket.com/), and a vegetable/fruit market (open from Spring through Fall) within a short distance of the turnoff onto Agate Road, approximately 4 miles from Agate Beach House.

From April to September, the Gig Harbor Farmers Market takes place (http://www.gigharborfarmersmarket.com/).  Consider a leisurely day trip to enjoy the farmers market and other Gig Harbor attractions while in the area (approximately 40 miles NE of Agate Beach House).

Hardcore Farmers Market afficionados may want to make a day trip of visiting the Ballard Farmers Market (http://ballardfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/) or the University District Farmers Market (http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/markets/u_district).

Fresh Asparagus at the Olympia Farmers Market

Fresh Asparagus at the Olympia Farmers Market

Asparagus from the Farmers Market cooked & enjoyed at Agate Beach House.

Asparagus from the Farmers Market cooked & enjoyed at Agate Beach House.

Asparagus from the Farmers Market, served with local morels and poached egg.

Asparagus from the Farmers Market, served with local morels and poached egg.

Locally foraged chantrelles sold at a local market in Olympia, WA.

Locally foraged chantrelles sold at a local market in Olympia, WA.