It's peach season. Suddenly (as of an hour ago) the weather is brighter than dismal. It's the perfect time to head down to the Olympic Sculpture park, take a sunny walk along the water, and check out Belltown's newish farmer's market, which runs from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Eat me! I have the shelf life of a sneeze!
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  • Eat me! I have the shelf life of a sneeze!
The market, which has been operating since late June, features 38 local vendors showcasing organic produce, prepared foods, and processed meats and cheeses. "It's basically a smaller version of the Ballard Market," says Ryan Reiter, a market organizer with Seattle Farmer's Market Association. "We heard from residents that Belltown is basically a grocery desert—people drive out of the area to get fresh groceries because they don't want to hit up the Pike Place market in the summer—it's a tourist trap. This offers residents a chance to buy locally, enjoy their neighborhood and some great views, and also get to know their neighbors."

Reiter says that the idea for the market formalized last spring, when the Seattle Art Museum contacted the organization—which runs markets in Ballard, Georgetown, Fremont, Madrona, and Wallingford—about organizing a market in the Olympic Sculpture Park. "SAMs been programming free music until about 7:00 p.m. and offering wine tastings and we provide the vendors," he explains.

The Belltown farmer's market will operate every Thursday through September 9.

*This post has been updated.

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