Welcome to the Market!
Join us each Tuesday - June-September
National Farmers Market Week
National Farmers Market Week is an annual celebration that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation's food system. This year, amidst a global pandemic and nationwide unrest, it became more important than ever for markets to do their part in bringing people together safely.
Healthy Kids Corner
'Grab N'Go' kid's activities are at the Market each week through August! Visit the Healthy Kids Corner at our Market exit, where our friends from the WSU Extension SNAP-Ed along with our beloved Piazza volunteers will be handing out homemade play-dough and fun kids activities to take home to your kids. If you aren't able to make it to the market, download activities at home!
Check out last weeks activities:
Changes at the Market
This year, the Renton Farmers Market will change from being the community-gathering place it has been for 19 years, to a quick in-and-out destination for essential food shopping. While you will not see local artisans, crafters, ready-to-eat foods, kid’s activities or hear the sounds of live music, be assured that your favorite farmers will be ready with their Washington-grown fresh produce, flowers and other staples that you have come to enjoy. See the vendor list for June (subject to change, check back before you shop!).
Download the Market Covid FAQ Sheet with answers to how we're handling the Market in the era a Covid.
Social Distancing Accommodations
The market has been redesigned for 2020 in a new paired down format where physical distancing and a high level of sanitation can be maintained for everyone. The number one goal is to make sure the market is a safe place for you to do your weekly food shopping.
New Location - Line to Enter the Market
The Market will be moving just slightly to the west, across Logan Avenue S to Gateway Park, in the gravel lot. This new location will also feature a designated entrance (just west of the corner of S 3rd St and Logan Avenue S) and exit so the Market staff can monitor the number of shoppers and ensure proper social distancing per regulations from Public Health – Seattle & King County. A line to enter will begin at the entrance and wrap north along Logan Ave S. Please follow directions on all posted signage and practice proper distancing from other shoppers in line.
A few of the changes you can expect to see:
- Fewer vendors will be at the market so that those who are there can spread out with more physical distance between them – and between shoppers.
- No kid’s activities, live music, cooking demonstrations, Master Gardeners, Food $ense, or anything other than a food shopping experience.
- There will be a designated entrance and exit, and shopper entry will be controlled to eliminate crowding.
- Vendors and staff will be required to wear masks or face coverings. Shoppers will also be asked to wear face coverings.
- Social distancing will be enforced for all participants.
- Hand sanitizer will be available.
- High touch points will be regularly disinfected.
Smart shopper strategies:
- Please bring and wear your mask
- Shop with your eyes; allow the vendor to bag your purchase
- Pay with credit card or exact change if possible
- Please limit to one shopper per household; consider leaving children at home if possible
- Give yourself adequate time to shop but…
- Have a plan and shopping list to move quickly through the Market
- Maintain at least 6’ distancing from other shoppers
- Leave your pets at home; only service animals are allowed
Thank you for your support!
The Renton Farmers Market asks for the support of our community. Please be patient and kind with Market staff, vendors and volunteers as we implement COVID-19 protocols to help ensure the Market stays safe for everyone.
In this crazy, confusing time, the Renton Farmers Market is a welcome and safe source of fresh, healthy foods while supporting our family farmers and vendors who rely on the market each year. Their continued success this season will help ensure they survive this very difficult year and enable both vendors and market alike to come back, hopefully stronger than ever, in years to come.
What's Fresh This Week - August 4th
Fruits: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, nectarines, peaches, red raspberries, strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe.
Veggies: beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fresh and dried garlic, green beans, greens such as collards and kale as well as lettuce varieties, onions, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, Swiss chard, peas (snow and snap), peppers (limited quantities), Chinese spinach, squash leaves and flowers, tomatoes, turnips, and zucchini/summer squash.
Other: fresh herbs and beautiful flowers - we can expect to see crocosmia, snapdragons, sunflowers, sweet peas and dahlias. You can also get pantry staples such as bread and other baked goods, pickles, jam, honey, meats and cheeses, and cider.
Coming together to help prevent economic insecurity in South King County
The Renton Farmers Market is proud to join with others in our community to help prevent economic insecurity in South King County. This campaign brings together locally-owned businesses, farmers and regional partners to provide food for support programs serving South King County. By doing so we aim to relieve and prevent further hardship for:
- those who must choose between paying for food or paying their bills,
- those who have lost housing and need support as they find a new place to live, and
- those in the food delivery and service industry whose job security is affected by the Coronavirus pandemic
REACH is the grateful recipient of a Seattle Foundation Food Security Grant. This funding will kickstart the campaign and will provide 100 nutritious meals a day to the following programs through mid-August: REACH Center of Hope, Renton Senior Activity Center, REACH Meal Coalition.
- Make a cash donation to this campaign. Money raised will be used to extend meals through mid-September to help families during the Summer and through what we hope will be the remaining stages of Washington's Safe Start plans. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to support the Renton Farmers Market and Sustainable Renton.
- Make a food donation at the Renton Farmers Market. Shop for produce at the Market, and buy a little bit extra if you can - drop that donation in the Love Rains, Hope Grows campaign donation point at the market, located by the Market Manager booth. This food will go directly to the Renton Food Bank. No donation is too small...every little bit counts!
Food Access for all
The Market will also continue its successful SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Bucks program, and offer a dollar-for-dollar match with the newly named SNAP Market Match (formerly known as Fresh Bucks) Bucks, doubling the buying power for local, healthy foods that are accessible to everyone. Visit the Food Access page for more info
The Renton Farmers Market runs every Tuesday, June through September, from 3 pm to 7 pm. Free two-hour parking will be available at the City Center Garage, 655 S 2nd St. The Market is also adjacent to the Renton Transit Center for easy access from public transportation.
Buy One, Donate One
Did you know? Each week we collect donations for the local Renton Food Bank at our market. Most of the donations come from our generous farmers - now we are asking our shoppers if they would consider helping out, too. Buying an apple? Consider buying another apple and donating it to the Renton Food Bank. See our donation station at the Market Manager booth for more information.
Hydrate with Healthy Flavored Water
Sliced fruits and/or veggies
Optional - add crushed/cut/bruised herbs
For maximum flavor, slightly crush or smash the fruit or veggie before adding to the water (just be mindful of size if you are using a straw!).
This is a great way to add a little flavor to all that water you should be drinking everyday. Try almost any fruit: berries, melons, stone fruit like peaches, nectarines, or cherries, sliced apples or pears - and of course citrus (although you can't get that at the farmers market). Veggies are a little more limited, but cucumbers, celery, and fennel are great choices! For herbs, mint, rosemary, basil, sage and thyme work wonderfully.
Try some of these combos, you are only limited by what you have on hand:
Strawberry-basil (any berry or melon works with basil)
Strawberry-mint (any berry or melon works with mint)
See more great farm fresh recipes & recipe hacks using foods sold at the Renton Farmers Market.
What’s in season? Check out this helpful Harvest Calendar from our friends at Puget Sound Fresh!