Pike Place Market ranks first in top US farmers markets

SEATTLE - The top 101 farmers markets in the United State have been rated, and unsurprising to locals, Pike Place Market made it to the top.

The Daily Meal, a website about "all things food and drink," spent 3 grueling months compiling data to determine which farmers markets were best in the nation.

Criteria taken into account were: Quality, number, and variety of products sold at the market, the availability of each vendor's background information, how often the market is open weekly and year-round, awards or recognition, social media presence, and what people are saying about the market, public relations manager Tim McGeever said.

The State of Washington dominated with nine farmers markets on the list.

Pike Place Market in Seattle ranked first, Tacoma Farmers Market ranked tenth, Vancouver Farmers Market ranked nineteenth, Jefferson County Farmers Market ranked forty-seventh, Bainbridge Island Farmers Market ranked sixty-second, Port Orchard Farmers Market followed in the sixty-third spot, Olympia Farmers Market hit seventy-one, Bayview Farmers Market on Whidbey Island made the eighty-fourth spot, and the Sequim Open Aire Market ranked eighty-ninth.

Washingtonians probably aren't surprised Pike Place ranked first, as it's easily one of the top spots to take out-of-town guests. And despite the impossible-to-walk-down walkway, locals and tourists alike still flock to Pike for gorgeous flower bouquets and great people watching.

Pike Place tends to get all the glory, making a memorable cameo in Sleepless in Seattle and tauting hotspots such as Zig Zag Caf, but hidden in almost every neighborhood is a fantastic farmers market waiting to be discovered.

Many of the markets are only open during summer months, so check with the Washington State Farmers Market Association for markets in your area.