Every Sunday, Ballard closes off a stretch of road from NW Vernon Place to 22ndAve, and extending all the way to NW Market Street in order to host their weekly Farmers Market. The Ballard Farmers Market has been going strong for almost 20 years, and it attracts vendors and attendees from all over Washington State.
Over 140 vendors are on hand to offer everything from farm-fresh local produce, freshly caught seafood, organically raised meats, fresh-cut flower bouquets, and hand-crafted jewelry and crafts, to made-to-order snacks and meals like wood-fired pizza, spicy ramen, street tacos, kettle corn, and sweet or savory crepes. There are also wine and beer vendors, cheeses, sausages, baked goods, and dozens of varieties of honey and fruit preserves available.
The market is a dog-friendly event, so you can expect to see a broad spectrum of canine companions there as well. Last Sunday seemed particularly Corgi-centric, although the French bulldog contingent also had a good turnout. Keep your eyes peeled for a sleek greyhound decked out in a jaunty sweater; he was a source of much amusement for the folks waiting in line for street tacos.
Parking is free on Sundays, but expect spaces nearby to fill up rapidly. Additional street parking can usually be found in the outlying neighborhoods.
The market is open from 10:00am to 3:00pm, rain or shine. For more information, please check out sfmamarkets.com to plan your next weekend outing.