Food Access

Pike Place Market Foundation


Access to fresh, affordable produce is rooted in the 115-year history of Pike Place Market and it remains essential to the health and stability of the Market community.

It all started in 1907 when the price of onions soared in Seattle.

At this time, commission houses on Western Avenue sold and distributed produce for local farmers. But, their price gouging scheme outraged farmers, shoppers and city government.  


That’s when the City Council declared Pike Street and Pike Place to be Seattle’s public market: creating a place for farmers to sell direct to customers to keep produce affordable and accessible.

115 years later, the Market Foundation continues to support this mission with programs that ensure everyone in our community can access the wonderful food of the Market, regardless of income. 

We work closely with our partners in Pike Place Market to ensure everyone can afford the fruits and vegetables from the farm and produce stands, receive groceries from the Food Bank or a warm, scratch made meal from the Senior Center. 

Food has always brought us together at Pike Place Market and we know when everyone has access to fresh, healthy food at Pike Place Market they can truly thrive.