Family Fun at the Ballard Market

 
 The Ballard Farmer's Market is open every Sunday from 10am - 3pm on 22nd Avenue NW and NW Market Street in Ballard, WA. 
 

Ballard, Washington

Although the Ballard Farmer's Market runs year round, the best time to go is obviously during the summer and early fall when you can almost guarantee good weather.  We made it out in early October just before the rainy season started here in Seattle for an afternoon stroll with the family.  It had been quite awhile since our last visit, I'm sad to say.  It's such a unique market, and the largest in our area, so there is definitely reason to visit frequently.  I love the large selections of fresh produce, food vendors and street performers.  The streets are closed to vehicle traffic so it's safe for kids to run around, supervised of course! So much to see, our kids enjoyed the views from our Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller, which there was ample room to push around the large street walkways and sidewalks. 

The Ballard Farmer's Market is held every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 22nd Avenue NW and NW Market Street in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. 

For more information, including a list of vendors, please check out their website at www.sfmamarkets.com/visit-ballard-farmers-market

 Apple strolls through the Ballard Farmer's Market on Sunday | Photos by Totes and the City
 Apple strolls through the Ballard Farmer's Market on Sunday | Photos by Totes and the City
 Totes enjoying the sunshine of the Ballard Market from his throne on the Baby Jogger Double Stroller. Photo by Totes and the City
 Fresh Produce from Nine Leaf Farm at the Ballard Farmer's Market | Photo by Totes and the City
 
 Fresh Produce from Nine Leaf Farm at the Ballard Farmer's Market | Photo by Totes and the City
 Homemade Ice Scream (Ice Cream) Station at the Ballard Farmer's Market.  Photo by Totes and the City
 A unique assortment of vendors and street performers come together at the Ballard Farmer's Market.  Poem Station.  Photo by Totes and the City.
 Live music at the Ballard Farmer's Market | Photo by Totes and the City
 Totes throwing some cash in the guitar case for his enjoyment of the live music at the Ballard Farmer's Market
 Ballard Farmer's Market, October 2017
 
 Soda Jerk Fresh Soda Vendor Booth at the Ballard Farmer's Market | Photo by Totes and the City
 A selection of fresh mushrooms and other produce at the Ballard Farmer's Market | Photo by Totes and the City
 Live music on the street at the Ballard Farmer's Market
 Lots of great food options for lunch at the Ballard Farmer's Market
 Totes loved to be chauffeured around the Ballard Farmer's Market in our Baby Jogger Double Stroller.
 I took a 'seat' on a narrow window seal ledge for a few moments to nurse Apple while Totes waiting in line for his turn at the face painting booth.  I have truly enjoyed nursing both of my kids for as long as we have.  
 Totes and Nonno pose for a photo while waiting in line for the face painting booth at the Ballard Farmer's Market
 
 Apple was so intrigued with the face painting process!  She stood right by this lady's side and watched intensely.  Face painting booth at the Ballard Farmer's Market. 
 
 
 Apple was so intrigued with the face painting process!  She stood right by this lady's side and watched intensely.  Face painting booth at the Ballard Farmer's Market. 
 Totes is wearing the "West Coast Best Coast" trucker hat from SweetPea and Boy.  Denim Jacket, Cardigan, skinny jeans and shoes from Zara. 
 Totes is wearing a Denim Jacket, Cardigan, skinny jeans and shoes from Zara at the Ballard Farmer's Market. Totes and the City Style
 Totes finally gets his turn at the face painting booth.  He requested the Green Lantern, which I don't know how he even knows who/what that is! We had to google a picture so she had an idea of what to paint. 

Highlight:

While we were walking down the row of vendor booths, Totes spotted a face-painting station and insisted he wanted to get his done.  We weren't sure he would last that long waiting line for his turn, let alone sitting still for her to paint his face. But he was so insistent, we gave in.  There were three other kids in line in front of us when we arrived and this lady was so detailed in her work that each kid took about 20-30 minutes.  The girl that sat down just before our turn got the most beautiful unicorn / butterfly mask.  Super colorful, glitter and even a few jewels were glued on. It was incredible.  There were about two kids behind us so when it was our turn, the lady sped up a little, which was fine by me.  Totes saw an image on her inspiration page that led him to ask for a "Green Lantern" mask. I, myself, am not even familiar with that character and had to Google search for an image.  No idea where Totes knows it from either. But thanks to Google, inspiration came easily and we had a great finished product. 

While we were waiting in line, Apple was so in awe of the process and watched another little boy before us get his face painted as batman.  She stood as close as possible to the two of them, hand on their legs, staring as the lady painted each color. She was so intense, it was more fun to watch her than the face painting! 

I have reached out the lady that ran this face painting booth to get more information on her and her services!  Hope to have this updated for anyone that wants her contact information soon.  I'm thinking I would love to have her at Totes's next birthday party!

 The "Green Lantern" face painting at the Ballard Market
 Papa and Totes, showing off his Green Lantern face painting mask at the Ballard Farmer's Market
 Totes got his face painted as the Green Lantern at the Ballard Farmer's Market
 
 
 Totes got his face painted as the Green Lantern at the Ballard Farmer's Market
 
 Totes got his face painted as the Green Lantern at the Ballard Farmer's Market
 Totes got his face painted as the Green Lantern at the Ballard Farmer's Market