One of our favorite things about our Stay Alfred travel apartments is the full kitchen you’ll find in each and every one. These kitchens are particularly handy when you’re staying near one of American’s oldest continuously operated farmers’ markets. That’s right, you’ll Pike Place Market is only a short jaunt from our Seattle Stay Alfred travel apartments. At this historical market, you’ll find everything you need to whip up a fresh a perfectly PNW (Pacific Northwest) style meal.
Whenever we go to Pike Place Market we always make a beeline to Frank’s Quality Produce. Whatever time of year it is, you’ll find fantastic high-quality locally sourced produce at Frank’s. The stand has been owned and operated by then Genzale family and it’s obvious that they put care and love into each product they sell. Pick up some fresh fruits and veggies and whip up a delicious salad in your Stay Alfred travel apartment.
Photo courtesy of Frank’s Quality Produce
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chukar Cherries is a family-owned business that gets its delicious cherries from Prosser, Washington and sells them at their always-bustling Pike Place Market Stand. The knowledgable staff perfectly compliment the delicious tartness of their chocolate covered cherries. We recommend stocking up because once you start eating these delicious treats it’s hard to stop.
Photo courtesy of Chukar Cherries
Copper River Salmon or Wild King Salmon
Duck! No seriously, watch out. There’s flying fish around here. No really, we’re throwing fish around here. Why do something as simple as picking your fish up from a cooler at the grocery store when you can have it thrown your way by the iconic fishmongers are Pike Place Fish Market. If you stop by in the summer, you can indulge in some of their fan-favorite Copper River Salmon.
Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Since it opened its doors in 2013, Rachel’s Ginger Beer has long been a staple of “in the know” bartenders in Seattle. This perfectly brewed ginger drink is a staple ingredient in any exceptional Moscow Mule. And for those looking to explore more tastes, Rachel’s has expanded into offering a variety of ginger beer flavors like blood orange, caramelized pineapple, and cucumber with tarragon. Find Rachel’s Ginger Beer at 1530 Post Alley.
Photo courtesy of Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Tips and Tricks for the Market
While we love Pike Place Market is can be a slightly overwhelming experience. Check out our tips for making the most of shopping at the market.
- You can (more often than not) ask for a sample. Intrigued by the look of those golden delicious apples but still not convinced? Ask for a sample. Most of the shopkeeps will have a small pocket knife on them with which they can cut you a small sample of the fruit or veggie that you’re interested in.
- Show seasonally! When menu planning and preparing the shop at Pike Place Market it will behoove you greatly to look at what’s in season and build your menu around these items. When shopping seasonally you’re likely getting fresh produce from nearby farms that have only been picked a couple of days prior. Talk about a farm to table experience! And another bonus to shopper what’s in season, you’ll often find it’s cheaper. Better for your stomach and for your wallet? That’s a win-win.
- Avoid the crowds by getting there early. Let’s face it, Pike Place Market is one of the premier tourist destinations in Seattle. But don’t let the threat of big crowds scare you off. We recommend heading over early in the morning when it’s a little less busy.