PIke Place Market by Lindsey and Keith Teague
PIKE PLACE MARKET
Pike’s Place Market is the place to go if you are in Seattle. It has been called the “soul of Seattle” because it is full of food, life, flowers, music, and art. You can feel the history in the cobblestone streets and the creaky stairs. If you visit there you know that you have stepped into the oldest market in Washington.
Ten million people visit Pike Place Market annually to see vendors, flowers, the iron pig, Pacific Ocean, fruit stands and the famous Gum Wall where the whole alley way is covered in colorful, sticky gum. On any given day, you are guaranteed to see one of the 240 street performers or musicians dancing or singing. Flowers are what make the market so colorful with their green, yellow, purple, and red petals. Vendors also sell handmade art from rope dog leashes to beautiful silver necklaces and bracelets.
Have you ever seen a guy dancing with two hula hoops while singing with a guitar balanced on his chin? If your answer was “no”, then you have never been to Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1907, today Pike Place Market is the largest open aired market in USA. Between 1906 and 1907 the price of onions increased tenfold. They went from one cent to $1 dollar a pound. The farmers and the consumers got angry and decided to cut out the middle man. On August 17th 1907, a total of 8 farmers came out to Pike Street with their carts full and they were swarmed by an estimated 10,000 eager shoppers who bought everything by 11 a.m. This is how Pike’s Place Market was born.
Today at the Pike Place Market you can get almost every fruit and vegetable imaginable and they are not shipped in but everything is fresh from local, organic farms. There are also bakeries that sell jumbo cookies, hot cinnamon rolls, and bread straight from the oven. The original Starbucks is there, too, but you better get there early because the line stretches out the door. In addition to the fruit and vegetable stands, there are sit down restaurants that serve a variety of food.
Seattle’s weather in the winter is normally wet and cool. In the summer and early fall, however, it is warm and dry with average temperatures of 70 degrees which makes it a perfect time to wander the lively streets of Pike Place Market.