Renton Farmers Market!
Join us each Tuesday - June-September
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The Renton Farmers Market runs every Tuesday, June through September, from 3 pm to 7 pm at So. 3rd and Logan Ave South - across the street from Piazza Renton in Downtown Renton. Free ten-hour parking is available at the City Center Garage, 655 S 2nd St. - enter off South 2nd Street between Burnett and Logan, watch for signs. The Market is also adjacent to the Renton Transit Center for easy access from public transportation.
Check out our online vendor map before your visit to find out who will be where - subject to last minute changes.
Visit National Center for Home Food Preservation to learn how to safely and successfully can, dry and freeze to preserve your bounty! Scroll down for tips on freezing berries.
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
3 pm to 7 pm:
Each market several of these community groups have booths:
- WSU Master Gardeners - research-based gardening help
- Sustainable Renton - bringing info on their programs in Renton
- Garden Hotline is onsite to help with your gardening questions
- King County Library System - info on their programs plus fun giveaways
- King County Metro - info on services
- Renton Rotary
- Renton Salvation Army - providing info on their services available at their Renton offices
- Cedar River Salmon Journey
- Renton Senior Advisory Board/Don Persson Senior Activity Center
Recipe of the Week: Freezing Berries - September 12th
Berries - any type, as fresh as possible
This might be our favorite (and certainly easiest) way to preserve Market produce - freezing berries! Produce freezes best when fresh, and you don't find much fresher than your local farmers market.
Wash and your berries thoroughly - we like to dunk our berries in a bowl of water with a splash of vinegar - and then lay out on a kitchen towel to dry. When dry, place berries in a single layer on a parchment covered baking sheet and place in the freezer until frozen (several hours) - this ensures your berries freeze separately, and not in a big clump!. When berries are completely frozen, place in container or zip-top bag and place back in the freezer, where they can stay fresh up to 10 months.
For more information on freezing and canning all types of produce, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
See all our favorite recipes.
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
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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.
Tips for Shopping at the Farmers Market
- Know what’s in season! Each Monday we will send an email that will include the produce that we expect to see at the Market the next day (ALWAYS subject to change!) and you can also learn more of what you might expect each month by visiting the Seasonal Food Guide.
- Plan meals and come with a shopping list, but be inspired! Shop with your eyes - when you arrive at the Market take some time to walk around and see what looks good - don't be afraid to try something new. Check out our handy online vendor map to see who is expected at each market and where they will be (ALWAYS subject to change).
- Bring change – with high credit card fees, most small businesses appreciate cash – but we do have cashless vendors as well – so bring cards, too!
- Bring your own bags – also, bring your own water bottle as we have water stations available.
- Go early – for best selection! Especially in early season, popular produce may be limited in quantity and sell out.
- Go late – for best deals! But remember, this is how our farmers make a living, so be respectful of pricing.
- TALK to the vendors! This is really the heart of a Farmers Market – you can TALK to the farmer or person who made the product themselves. They love talking about their farms and products. Also, ask if a vendor has a box/glass/container return credit, and find out if you should bring that box or glass back next week for a deal.
- Buy in bulk. Oftentimes, vendors offer deals for bulk purchases. Of course, you will need to consume it or preserve that produce before it goes bad. One of our favorite resources is the National Center for Home Preservation, they have 'How-To' articles on freezing, drying, canning and more methods to enjoy your produce all year long.
What’s in season? Check out this helpful Harvest Calendar from our friends at Puget Sound Fresh!