The Pike Place Market’s year-round produce stands, called highstalls, sell fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, locally foraged mushrooms and seasonal favorites from around the world and from local growers. The highstalls are named for their elaborate displays of sumptuous fruits and vegetables that were traditionally built higher up from the floor than the metal tables used by farmers. The highstalls offer the highest quality produce available and often hand out samples of fruit.
Produce sellers at the Market set up their displays daily, so they can tell you exactly when the avocado you’re purchasing will be ripe or how long your greens will keep. Many highstall vendors are excellent cooks—ask them for tips on how to best prepare a fruit or vegetable that is new to you.