Photo by Jessica Keller: The French Guys bakery, a popular first-time vendor in the 2021 Queen Anne Farmer’s Market season, will return for the 2022 season, which starts June 2. This year’s market will feature more than 60 vendors during the regular season.
Photo by Jessica Keller: The French Guys bakery, a popular first-time vendor in the 2021 Queen Anne Farmer’s Market season, will return for the 2022 season, which starts June 2. This year’s market will feature more than 60 vendors during the regular season.

While the Queen Anne Farmers Market hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic numbers, Executive Director Matt Kelly is optimistic this season will bring more people to the top of the hill.

Opening day for the 2022 Queen Anne Farmers Market is June 2. It kicks off a 20-week market season, ending Oct. 13.

Regular season markets take place from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at West Crockett Street and Queen Anne Avenue North.

For the second year in a row, market organizers are extending opportunities for vendors and their customers by offering three harvest markets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three Saturdays: the Halloween Harvest Market, Oct. 29, the Thanksgiving Harvest Market, Nov. 19, and the Winter Solstice Harvest Market, Dec. 17.

Kelly said this year, the season’s roster lineup features 63 vendors, including Washington farmers, fishers and ranchers and processed and prepared food businesses. These include 10 vendors who are either new or returning after an absence. One new vendor, Underground Produce, is based out of Bremerton, but the farmer lives in Queen Anne.

In addition, the market will host various activities and booths each week. From 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. children can visit the popular Roots to Shoots booth, with the two-bite challenge, where adventurous eaters ages 6 to 12 are encouraged to try new fruits and vegetables by one of the farm vendors, depending on the season. Participants will receive a $2 coupon to use at any of the farm vendors.

As well, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. artists from Queen Anne and the greater Seattle area will perform live music.

Kelly said the food trucks rotated through the lineup, depending on the week, last season. This year, they will participate each week.

Kelly said people can feel good buying from the farmers market each week because they are supporting Washington growers and food producers, which serve a crucial role.

“We know that small- and medium-size farmers are better for the planet, and we know that owner operator farms are stewards of the planet and the land that they lease.”

To see more about the market and its complete list of sponsors, go to https://qafm.org.