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For Seattle residents, Pike Place Market has long been a favorite place to shop for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Many generations of Jewish families have shopped for traditional foods served during Passover from the Market's highstalls (market-speak for produce vendors), fish and meat markets, and specialty foods stores. 

At various stages during the telling of the Passover story at the seder (the festive holiday meal celebrated on the first night of the holiday), symbolic foods are introduced and eaten. 

Pro Market shopper Linda Elman gave us the scoop on where to shop for Passover: she buys horseradish, parsley, apples, and other vegetables and fruits for dinner at Sosio's Produce; salmon bones and gefilte fish makings at Pure Food Fish; and nuts for charoset (a paste made of apples, nuts and wine) at various nut sellers in the Market.

We asked Harry Salvo of Pure Food Fish to tell us more about gefilte fish. He described it as a combination of fish (carp, pike, and black cod are commonlyused) that is chopped or ground, then mixed with onions, carrots, celery and parsley to make fish meal. The mixture is held together with matzah meal and eggs, then shaped into balls and boiled in a broth. They're served warm or cold with horseradish. Gefilte means "stuffed" in German, and some Passover seder recipes call for the chopped fish to be stuffed into fish skin.

Other seder vegetables consumed during the Passover story include onions, potatoes, and bitter herbs such as endive, freshly ground horseradish root, and stems of Romaine lettuce.

Eggs are central to the seder. You'll find a great assortment of eggs to boil, from little quail eggs to chicken, goose, duck and turkey eggs, at Pike Place Market Creamery. Meats like brisket and chicken can be purchased at Don & Joe's Meats and BB Ranch.

For those attending a seder, bringing a bottle of kosher wine is a thoughtful gift for the host. Pat McCarthy of DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine recommends two kosher wines from Israel: a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay produced by Barkan Winery.

Mia Allen's patterned, knitted gloves and beanies stand out in their own right, but the story behind them is unique, too.

Allen is a "second generation" Pike Place Market artisan; her parents Jeff and Kathi have sold art tile in the market since 2004.

Mia crafts her items with wool yarn and bamboo fibers. Her wool is sourced from a family-owned mill in Mitchell, Nebraska. "The family has been on this same land for over 100 years and have worked hard to run a ‘green’ business," Mia says. "They buy all of their wool directly from the growers. I chose this company because they create a beautiful USA-made product from start to finish." Her bamboo is harder to source, though she's able to get Canadian-spun bamboo that is dyed in the U.S.

Mia also sets herself apart through the use of vintage machines from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. She's recently acquired an antique sock machine that is more than 100 years old.

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More Room for Farmers

Posted March 20, 2015

More Room for Farmers Then, and Now, at theMarketFront Farmers, Cars and a Drive-Through Farmers Market in the 1920s

Trying to drive down Pike Place 100 years ago was a difficult prospect, even more so than it is today. In the Market's early years, farmers' stands and wagons lined the street, so only those on foot, horseback, or perhaps driving a wagon, could make their way through the bustling street. The recent history of the future MarketFront site, on Western Avenue, begins on that street, in 1920. 

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Public radio station KUOW featured the MarketFront expansion Monday after the Seattle City Council committee on the waterfront approved an agreement with Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority to fund the project. 

The Pike Place Market is going to expand westward. On Monday, a Seattle City Council committee agreed to pay $34 million from the general fund to build new vendor stalls, senior housing and a public plaza. The other half of the money comes from tax breaks, grants and philanthropists. The project is part of a larger effort to reconnect the market with the waterfront. Take a listen

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Pike Place Market artisan and blacksmith Erica Gordon is teaching a jewelry-making class at Pratt Fine Arts Center as part of their "Women In Metal" series. Erica likes to "flip the script and use blacksmithing techniques to make jewelry" including earrings, belt buckles, and necklaces. Her two-day workshop at Pratt will be held on May 23 and 24 and each student will create and take home "wearable steel." Learn more here:
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