Beautiful Ballard Farmer’s Market

seattle farmers market in ballard with kids
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Nothing beats crisp, sunny fall Sundays at Ballard Farmer’s Market and it’s no secret, because I swear everyone else in Seattle was there this past weekend and beautiful Ballard is definitely the place to be.

ballard farmers market on the weekend in seattle

The only thing in Ballard that isn’t very beautiful is trying to find parking.  It took us nearly 20 minutes to find a parking spot and we all held our breath as we SQUEEEZED into a tight one.  We adore this market.  Even the kids helped in the spot sleuthing.

ballard farmers market on a sunny weekend in seattle

Wandering past booths piled with veggies, baked goods and locally made things with coffee in hand is the epitome of Seattle living and when the air is cool enough to see the steam coming out of the pots at the Patty Pan Grill, it’s pure magic.

local produce at seattle farmers market in ballard

You don’t need kitschy factory-made light up toys and plastic-y decorations to hail new seasons here.  We know it’s autumn because of the local produce.  Pumpkins, peaches, pears and apples.  Fresh-pressed cider gleaming in glassy bottles.   Definitely fall.

fall at farmers markets in seattle the ballard one is one of the bestred peppers at ballard farmers market in the fallapple cider at ballard farmers market in seattle

The hubby could wait for hours for mini-donuts and still leave with a smile.

mini donuts at the ballard farmers market with kids in seattle

The boys could do the same for the honey sticks.  (I swear, every kid must stop at this booth.  Pure genius!)

kids love honey sticks at the ballard farmers market on the weekend in seattle

And they love peering into shop windows.  The Clover Toys window had some amazing wooden boats that I know are going on the Christmas list for sailing at our favorite pond.

clover toys is a unique gift shop in seattle for kids

I love making dinner with the beautiful produce we find.  This is a simple, delicious side and the boys love it: baked sliced carrot coins. (Set oven to 375, slice carrots, toss with oil and salt, maybe even some dill, and bake for 20-30 minutes on a foiled cookie sheet, flipping once.)

bake carrot coins with kids with market producekids love to shop at the ballard farmers market

And if I’m lucky, my sweet boys pick me out some lovely flower souvenirs to go with dinner and carry me through the week till next Sunday when we can do it all again.

dahlias are gorgeous at the ballard farmers market in the fall

gorgeous yellow flowers at the ballard farmers market in the fall

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