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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!

Hello Cherry Season!

Posted June 23, 2015

Mix and match golden-hued Rainiers (known for their super sweet flavor) and flavor-packed Bings, Lamberts, Index and other deep red varieties offered by Market farmers. 

Top off lunch at The Steelhead Diner with their tasty dessert special: Sosio's Washington Cherry Bomb with Honey Lavender Ice Cream and Brandied Caramel!

Ras Peynado has a long history at Pike Place Market. His mother started working at a bakery in the market when she was 18, later busking, selling T-shirts, and eventually becoming involved with the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority.

"I was at the market behind the table as a baby when she was selling shirts and later when she was in the office I'd come down and see the market behind the scenes," Peynado says. "It was always the place I was supposed to end up."

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This summer, bring the kids down for family fun at our farmers market on the third Sunday of the month. Pure Food Kids will provide an activity for older kids and our farm staff will run a craft activity for kids of any age. This June, Katherine Pryor of Readers to Eaters will read “Sylvia's Spinach,” to kids in the Market’s vintage farm truck.