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February 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

New farmers market coming to Pioneer Square

File Occidental Park photo from The Seattle Times

Did you get the memo about the coming revitalization of Pioneer Square?

In addition to Matt Dillon’s Bar Sajor,officially opening Thursday night, and the upcoming branch ofRainshadow Meats and the upcoming London Plane bakery/floral/grocery project, and the soul-satisfying new Il Corvo Pasta and (I could go on)…. add on a summer farmers market, scheduled to start June 19.

It’ll be run by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, in the same model as its other “Express Markets” at City Hall Plaza and in South Lake Union. The market’s scheduled to run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, through at least Sept. 25. The project came through a partnership with the Alliance for Pioneer Square, which was enthusiastic about a weekly market, said Emily Crawford, a Pike Place spokeswoman. It seemed like a promising bet: Last year’s “farm fresh lunch” in Occidental Park was a popular success, and the two other satellite Pike Place markets have done well and are coming back this season as well.

“We’re always looking for fun things to do that will activate Occidental Park in the summer… when it’s so fabulous and marvelous to be in the park,” said Leslie Smith, executive director of the Alliance for Pioneer Square, who began talking about ideas with the market staff after the impressive pop-up lunch.

“It’s both for the people who work there and the people who live there, and I think it’ll be a great addition to the neighborhood, and is in alignment with all the goals we work on for Pioneer Square.”

File Occidental Park photo from The Seattle Times

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