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Meet the Producer: Santos Farm

Posted June 30, 2015

Husband-and-wife team Eric and Clarita Santos have sold produce and flowers in Pike Place Market for more than 30 years. They got their start selling vegetables and later moved into growing flowers in the late 1980s. Today, you'll find them selling their gorgeous bouquets at the corner stall nearest Rachel the Piggy Bank and Pike Place Fish, right under the famous Market neon clock.
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Shong Chao's Farm is a beautiful 28 acre family-run business just south of Carnation. They happily converted their land from a Christmas tree farm to a family farm that includes gorgeous flowers, herbs, veggies, and chickens. Phong and Ma's son Chai is on the farm every day tending to the crops and maintaining the equipment. He says that he loves getting his hands dirty and having the freedom to run his own business with his family. He wasn't always interested in farming, but after working for the Parks Department for several years he noticed he was spending more and more of his free time on the farm and realized that farming was his passion. Shong Chao's Farm has been selling at Pike Place Market since 1993!

Tlingit artist Harmony Hoss has sold her work at Pike Place Market since 2007. A Seattle native, Harmony is entirely self-taught and her intricate prints and beadwork are drawn freehand using pen and ink, acrylic paint, and colored pencils. Amazingly, she doesn't use any rulers or straight edges in her work.

Harmony got started as an artist in 1994 selling T-shirts with her designs at the Daybreak Star Center Seafair Pow-Wow. "This experience was amazing and I knew it was something I wanted to continue to be a part of," she says.

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The world-famous Pike Place Market celebrated a milestone 40 years in the making today with a colorful parade lead by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray through Pike Place Market and to the groundbreaking of the "MarketFront," a multi-level expansion to the west of the existing historic public market, established in 1907.

Scheduled to open in early 2017, the $73 million project will provide: 30,000 square feet of additional public space, including a public plaza with views of Puget Sound; additional rooftop day stalls for farmers, craftspeople, and artisan food purveyors; low-income housing for seniors; 300 public parking spaces; and a future pedestrian connection to the waterfront.
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