I’m wearing two layers of wool and I still can’t feel my toes—it must be winter!
Bundled up in woolly sweaters and sipping quickly cooling coffee—this time of year we get a bit more time to chat with Pike Place Market visitors. And it’s always fun when the walk-in cooler is warmer than the Main Arcade!
The Market experience changes every single time you set foot inside. With that in mind, I wanted to share what’s new at Pike Place this holiday season (plus a few old standbys).
My go-to holiday gifts are mostly food related. The cheery hot pepper wreaths at Choice Produce & Pepper are both decorative and edible.
A platter of Pure Food Fish Market’s alder-wood smoked salmon, cream cheese, Cherry Pepper Jelly, and crackers artfully arranged makes a great offering for a holiday potluck. Personally, I could alternate handfuls of Beecher’s Flagship Cheese with our Columbia River Tart Cherries for a delicious (if not particularly responsible) dinner, but I’m supposed to be telling you about gift ideas.
If you want to make a mark, for the first time in many years, you can now (legally) write your name on the Market! A long planned expansion of the Market’s waterfront approach is finally coming to fruition with the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
The addition will provide more opportunities for farmers, craftspeople, and local businesses, as well as growing the Market’s social services and low-income housing. This is the perfect gift for someone who “has everything.” I can’t decide between engraving “I LoveIt Here” or “ISpend 2MuchTime Here”. Play around with your own message and donate at www.pikeup.org.
Even for a Market veteran, there are always new nooks, crannies, and stories to explore. The enthusiastic guides at Savor Seattle Tours give a great insider’s glimpse of the Market, Capitol Hill, and the downtown culinary scene. If you book a morning Market tour, you’ll get to come behind the counter at Chukar (see what it’s like to face down the ravenous hordes)! Savor Seattle has gift certificates available for a great experience gift for you and your pals.
Another awesome part of the Market is the busker scene. Local musicians and performance artists entertaining on the streets add to the vivacity. Several Chukars are known to attend the local square dances hosted by The Tallboys at Ballard’s Tractor Tavern. Their newest album, Fresh Daily, makes a great soundtrack for the Market. CD’s are available online, or out of their open guitar cases while they play.
Nothing beats slip-sliding your way down the cobblestones in the bundled crush of people, searching for the perfect, hand-made delight hidden away in America’s oldest continually running market. Come visit us this winter—we’ve always got a warm smile waiting and freshly made, all natural, delicious chocolate-covered confections never go out of style!
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Columbia River Tarts are slightly sweetened making them an excellent baking cherry. Use in lieu of raisins and dried cranberries in favorite recipes.
Dark, sweet Dessert Cherries are slightly larger than maraschinos, full-bodied, and elevate any chocolate dessert.
The sweet of fresh cherries followed by the heat of jalapeños in an elegant garnish for gorgonzola appetizers or a favorite meat dish.