Divided City, Connected through Weekly Farmers Market

By Peter W. Choi

“Hump Day” is another definition of Wednesday, which refers to getting over the middle or “hump” of a rough week. For people who come to Columbia City, they have a way to overcome the week’s halfway mark.

Leonard Johnson, Chef at Mystery Bay Seafood Catering, serving clients (Cassie Calderon/Seattle Pacific)

Wednesday is the day they get to enjoy at the Columbia City Farmer Market where flowers, vegetables, meat and street food like Tandoori naan, pizza, Popsicle and more are sold.

On 37 Ave S and S Edmund st. in South Seattle, shoppers are welcomed with items ranging from fresh grown vegetables to different kinds of chicken, as well as summer  flowers. Since opening on May 4, the market is one of seven Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets and has been offering for almost every individual need or taste for the residents.

Operation manager of Seattle Pops Dave James sells all natural Popsicle of creamy and fruity flavors at the market. He says it’s a place he especially enjoys spending his time at, and he hopes his business is successful there.

“This is our third year,” James said. “I hope we make a profit out of this market. We like this farmers market… [it] is one of 14 markets we sell Popsicle [at].”

Leonard Johnson is another street food vendor who sells seafood such as Caribbean stew with prawns, salmon, cod and creamy clam chowder.

Map Infographic (Peter W. Choi / Seattle Pacific)

He says he never expected Columbia City could be a farmers market community, but according to Johnson, it turns out to be the best market in Seattle, along with Ballard and Fremont markets.

“Now I really like it,” Johnson said. “I like the people. I like the culture and diversity of community. I mean, that’s a big plus… I would pick this market over many markets now.”

It’s not just vendors who appreciate the market, but resident Paul Chang also thinks it has a tremendous impact on the city.

According to Chang, the community has grown together so much after the city hosted farmers market every week.

“The market helps us connect in one of the most diverse areas in Seattle,” Chang said. “It has been succeeded in bringing several neighborhoods together. I hope this continues, and I’m probably coming back next week.”

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