Welcome to the Market!
Join us each Tuesday - June-September
Last Market - September 29th Market
It's your last chance to shop local and say 'Thank you' to our vendors who have harvested their final bounty in Renton for the year. And we would like to thank our sponsors at Kaiser Permanente - they stepped in to save our SNAP Market Match program in September!
At our final market, stock up to preserve and enjoy produce all winter long. Visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation website to learn how to preserve almost anything!
Total health takes teamwork. Kaiser's coordinated care teams work with you - and each other - to help keep you healthy. And that's important - because something as simple as having doctors and specialists who talk to each other can speed up your care, improve your treatment, and let you focus on living your life. Staying healthy should be easy. With the right team, it is.
When our popular SNAP Market Match program ran out of funding, our teammates at Kaiser stepped up to fund the program for the remainder of the season. Thank you to our partners at Kaiser Permanente.
Learn more about Kaiser Permanente by visiting their website.
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!
New activities for this week:
Previous weeks' activities:
How to Read a Recipe
Create Your Own Recipe
Plant Parts We Eat
Sleep Your Way To Health
Eat the Rainbow
Make Moving Fun
Get to Know Your Farmer
Walk and Talk Challenge
Let's Cook Together!
Making a Food Collage
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 - September 22nd
Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, plums, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, other melons.
Veggies: beets, bitter melon, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, green beans, kale, onions, potatoes, peppers (many varieties), Chinese spinach, squash leaves, vines and flowers, tomatoes, zucchini/summer squash and winter squash varieties, too!
Other: fresh herbs and beautiful flowers, pantry staples such as bread and other baked goods, jam, honey, cheeses, wine, cider, kettle corn, ice cream; Mystery Bay Seafoods brings take and make clam chowder and other dinner options. Malcolm Ford Glass brings beautiful blown glass objects (including pumpkins!), and art from Jordan Bye Fine Art.
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.
Lightly Curried Butternut Squash Soup - September 22nd
Squash is almost the perfect vegetable for soup: it's flavorful and has a divinely smooth texture when cooked and puréed. Serve this soup to people who think they don't like squash or curry, and you'll change some minds. You can substitute any winter squash for the butternut; we like butternut because it's faster to peel and chop.
1 butternut squash or other winter squash
1 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 can coconut milk
3 cups water
salt and pepper
sour cream, scallions, fresh cilantro (optional)
- To prepare the squash, peel off the tough skin with a potato peeler. Cut the squash in half lengthwise with a sharp chef's knife, then scoop out the seeds and goop ( save the seeds for a tasty snack later, if you like: just clean the goop off, then toast them.)
- Next, slice off the stem and very bottom of the squash and throw them away. Take each half of the squash and place it face-down on a cutting board. Chop each into ½" slices, then turn each slice into cubes.
- Put a large pot or Dutch oven on the stove on medium heat. Melt the butter and let the pot get hot. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic, then sauté for two minutes. Add the cubed squash and spices and stir it all together.
- Put a lid on the pot and let it cook for another two minutes. Add the coconut milk and water and stir.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then turn down the heat to low and let it cook for about 30 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Once the squash is tender, taste the soup and add salt and pepper as needed. Soup usually needs a fair bit of salt, so be generous.
- If you have an immersion blender, you can purée the soup in the pot. If you have a normal blender, wait until the soup has cooled before transferring it to the blender. Purée until smooth, then taste again and add any more salt and pepper it might need.
You can enjoy the soup as-is or serve it with another drizzle of coconut milk or a dollop of sour cream, plus some chopped scallions or cilantro.
This recipe is from Leanne Brown's Good and Cheap, available to download or view for free - it is full of great recipes!
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!