Seattle Here I Come…Part 1
Have you wondered what happened to me? I apologize for not telling you goodbye and that I was headed off to Seattle, WA for a Photographers Retreat, more on that subject this week. There were SO many details that needed to have my attention before I could leave, I couldn’t even squeeze one post in to say tootle loo…sigh!
After I landed in Seattle…there was a couple of sites that I HAD to visit before the retreat started. Of course, I HAD to see Pike Place Market!!! What a glorious place folks…I mean it was created more than a century ago. I had to see what all the hub bub was all about. It surely didn’t disappoint. This is a place to provide for farmers and customers to meet directly, the Market continues the “Meet the Producer” tradition with farmers selling their produce and products at Market farm stalls seven days a week, 362 days a year.
I was told, more than 80 Washington farmers sell at the Market, offering Seattle residents and visitors the freshest and highest quality seasonal abundance from their fields.
This beautiful market overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street, and remains one of Seattle’s most popular tourist destinations.
The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill, and consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of unique shops such as antique dealers, comic book and collectible shops, small family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops in Seattle. The upper street level contains fishmongers, fresh produce stands and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades.
Pike Place Market is home to nearly 500 residents who live in 8 different buildings throughout the Market. Most of these buildings have been low income housing in the past; however, some of them no longer are, such as the Livingston Baker apartments. The Market is run by the quasi-government Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA). Can you believe the Pike Place Market sees 10 million visitors annually? I feel so blessed that I am now one of them.
Pike Place Market craftspeople talk about their original, locally produced, handmade crafts and what it’s like to be part of a crafts market unlike any other.
Pike Place Market is home to more than 50 specialty food purveyors who deliver the freshest, highest quality food products to the Market from around the world. Explore a world of flavor with all the fresh seafood…beyond amazing.
You would have NO excuse not to eat healthy in Seattle! Freshness just exudes from here…
My favorite booths…the flower bouquet arrangement stalls. Not only are the flowers PERFECT in every way, but the florist are so quick about their craft!! She put this bouquet together in just a couple of minutes…our mouths just hit the floor! We all were just looking at each other saying, “Did you see how fast she did that?” Oh, did I mention that you can buy this for as little as $10? Big sigh!!! I know where I would be on Saturday mornings if I lived here…just think bringing these into your home every week for just a few dollars.
Have you visited Seattle’s Pike Place Market before? What was your favorite part?
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Happy Monday to you my friend…its good to be back here again.