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Celebrate Farmers Market Week and find a variety of the freshest produce around at a nearby King County farmers markets

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Farmers markets across King County are at their most vibrant as we head into the last push of summer and the fall harvest season. This is prime time for vegetable variety and to take home summer’s finest produce.  Farmers Market Week, Aug. 7-13, is a great reason to get to a market and support local farmers and growers.  

39 Farmers Markets are open in King County this year!  

You’re never far from farm-fresh food in King County. Many markets offer SNAP/EBT matching through the SNAP Market Match program, and you can make the most of your visit by shopping early for greater selection. 

Here’s a sample of what you can find at farmers markets in August: eggs, beets, broccoli, celery, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, fava beans, green beans, greens, green onions, onions, garlic, tomatoes, kale, lettuces, potatoes, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, honey, and beautiful bouquets of flowers including summer favorites dahlias and sunflowers. We may start to see watermelon and cantaloupe later in the month, as well.  

Learn more about celebrating farmers market week and the variety of goods that you can find at farmers markets. 

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Business Impact NW: Introducing Devra Gartenstein as the new King County Farm Business Support Specialist


King County farms and related businesses will soon have professional support to boost their operations through Business Impact NW, an organization dedicated to supporting local entrepreneurs through coaching, classes, and access to funding. 

As the new King County Farm Business Support Specialist, Devra Gartenstein will provide direct one-on-one navigation and coaching for King County farm and food business owners through the Business Impact NW’s Food Business Resource Center (FBRC), which is expanding with the support of King Conservation District.  
With this new expansion, King County farmers and farm businesses can get technical assistance through the FBRC and in collaboration with regional food system partners and providers. The vision of this program is to increase the viability and sustainability of King County farm businesses through increased access to business services and resource connections. 

Click to read more about how Devra plans on supporting local farm and food business owners. 

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CHOMP!, King County’s FREE outdoor celebration of local food, live music, and green-living workshops, returns Aug. 20!


Drive-By Truckers will  headline CHOMP!, King County’s daylong celebration of local food, live music, and green living workshops and other free activities when the event returns Aug. 20 to Marymoor Park.

This year's music lineup also includes: The Not-Its!, Sundae + Mr. Goessl, Brett Benton, Tekla Waterfield with Fielder, and Maya Marie.

Activities will start at 10 a.m. and will include a farmers market, food vendors, tree climbing, animals from Dandelion Fuzzies Minifarm in Carnation, a scavenger hunt, and Wilderness Awareness School. 

Bring an old t-shirt or tote and leave with a repurposed CHOMP! souvenir with on-site screen printing. Bring clothing items that need small alternations – a missing button or needing a new zipper or a patch – to the Fix-It Fair.

Learn more about the event here!

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