Friday, September 11, 2015

2015 Western Trip – Day 38 - Pike’s Place Market In Seattle

Friday and Saturday we did very little except clean up the coach due to the much needed heavy rains in the area so on Sunday (our last day) we decided to drive up to Seattle for a visit to Pike’s Place Market.  

The market was started as a farmers market in 1907 so farmers could sell directly to the public and by-pass the middle men who were buying from the farmers and jacking the prices way up for the consumer.  It is one of the oldest continuously operating FM’s in the country and it is a site to see and it includes the main six story building plus several more across the street and vendors in the street.

I took several shots and some were not as good as those on line so following is some of both but those from the web are still what we saw.  There was a mass of humanity (10 million visitors per year) shopping for a vast assortment of different things.  Most of what I saw was in the main arcade and a small portion of the overall nine acres of stuff for sale.

One of the first things we saw were the folks gathered around this seafood stand and cheering as the fish mongers tossed the seafood to each other as needed.

Since they were such high volume sellers, I was hoping for some good deals on seafood, but found just the opposite – I guess I’ll have to go to Alaska and buy directly from the fisherman to get a good deal on salmon.

There were several fruit and veggie stands but what impressed me the most were the flowers – they were plentiful, beautiful, and very reasonably priced.

There were also several street entertainers and this first duo included a banjo and a cord strung between a stick top and a wash tub.

This is from the market out over Puget Sound.

The girls thought it was just an okay place to visit, but I enjoyed it, especially the people watching and my sausage sandwich from Uli's Famous Sausage, made there in Seattle.

None of us are big city folks so visiting the market and driving buy the Space Needle is all we did in town - except for spending lots of time sitting at some of the longest red lights on the planet and I think I caught every one - I hate life in the city.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


8/30/15 event date


  1. tHat sounds like a very interesting Farmers Market.
    City life? Sure not for us its out in the country we love.

  2. Thank you for all of the pictures of the market. We've always wanted to go there and I had no idea the throngs of crowds that might exist. I believe Mario Batali's father has a meat market somewhere in Seattle that specializes in sausages and other cured meats.
    Have a good weekend.

  3. I am glad you checked out Pike Place Market... it's an interesting place to visit and the flowers are always AMAZING. I like to people watch there too. My husband never wants to go to Seattle due to the horrendous traffic. It's awful!

  4. We've been to the market several times over the years, and my major purchase once was a Chipotle spice. That's about it! and it's always fun to walk about and watch the people. Touristy and as you indicate, expensive, so once is probably enough. ;)

  5. Larry, It's been several years since we visited Pike's Market. From your photos it looks like its much bigger and a lot busier than when we were there. It's kind of overwhelming... I do remember that the people watching was good. Like ya'll, we prefer the country and small towns to the big cities. Been there and done that! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


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