And lastly, it is important to remember that while some things may seem slightly more expensive to buy locally and organically, in the end, eating locally, seasonally, and organically is much less costly to our community; our air, water, energy, and natural environment; and the safety of our children's food supply. We can reduce economic costs by shopping only for seasonal local produce, and by growing whatever we can in our own yards.
Farmer's Markets: Our own Broadway Farmer's Market is open every Sunday, 11am - 3pm, year-round! It's located on Broadway, between Pine and Olive. For other Seattle neighborhood farmer's markets, visit the Neighborhood Farmer's Market Alliance and Seattle's European-Style Markets.
Locally-owned Groceries: Central Coop (formerly Madison Market) is a community-owned co-op serving our neighborhood for 30 years.
Organic Produce Delivery Services: Spud.com is a Vancouver, BC-owned sustainable and socially responsible business delivering local food throughout Seattle.
Local Farms and Farm Stands: Many local farms sell their produce directly and/or have more inexpensive u-pick services. King County also has an annual Harvest Celebration Farm Tour, a fun event where many local farms are open for farm tours and other farm events. You can locate local farms by visiting Eat Wild - Washington, Local Harvest, Puget Sound Fresh, Cascade Harvest, Growing Washington, and Washington Tilth Association. The Organic Consumers Association also has a wonderful resource for local farm news.
Produce Stands: There are several produce stands located throughout Seattle area, where several farmers sell their goods to a central produce seller. Currently Capitol Hill does not have a produce stand, but check out Local Harvest to find one in other Seattle neighborhoods.
Restaurants and Cafes Serving Locally-produced Food: Capitol Hill restaurants serving local food include Volunteer Park Cafe, Café Presse, Lark, and Molly Moon. There are many restaurants in nearby Seattle neighborhoods serving locally-sourced foods. Resources for finding them include: From the Heart of Washington, NWSource, Chowhound - Pacific Northwest Forum, The Stranger, and Puget Sound Fresh. The Organic Consumers Association also has an amazing new database for finding local organic food and other products.
Gather Wild Foods like wild berries, greens, nuts, herbs, and other edibles. Note: make sure you know what you are picking - if you aren't absolutely sure what it is, do not eat it! Sustainable Capitol Hill occasionally has Backyard Herb Walks led by a local Naturopathic Physician - please check our calendar [link] for upcoming events.
Grow Your Own Food: In your own backyard, a community p-patch, a friend's garden, or a family member's garden. Please see our Gardening Resources page for more information!
Barter with Other Gardeners: Trade apples from your tree for lettuce from his garden, for example. Or even barter for a service, if you don't grow food of your own - can you help prune or pick apples on the tree, or bake a pie, or help build something for your neighbor? Check out Backyard Barter for coming events.
Food Banks and Meal Services: If you are in need of extra food, don't be afraid to use this service if you need it - it's very important for you and your children to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and that's what the system is set up for! Local food banks and meal delivery services often receive donations of fresh, locally grown produce from the P-Patch program, local gardeners, and local farmers. Programs serving Capitol Hill residents include: Jewish Family Service Food Bank (food bank serving zip codes 918121, 98122, 98101, 98112), University District Food Bank (food bank serving zip codes 98102, 98103, 98105, 98112, 98115, and 98125), Lifelong AIDS Alliance Chicken Soup Brigade (serving people with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses), Meals on Wheels (serving people 60 and over who are homebound), Orion Center (serving youth ages 13-21 breakfast, lunch and dinner), Community Lunch on Capitol Hill (hot lunches served), and DSHS Capitol Hill Community Services Office. For more Seattle resources, please contact Northwest Harvest.