Markets and Bakeries
Located in a big building on the north end of Capitol Way, the very popular Olympia Farmers Market (360/352-9096, www.farmers-market.org, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Thurs.–Sun. April–Oct., Sat.–Sun. only Nov.–Dec.) is Washington’s second largest after Pike Place Market. In addition to the expected fresh fruits and veggies, you'll discover all sorts of handcrafted items, plants, meats, seafood, baked goods, and wonderful ethnic foods. The market has festivals throughout the summer.
For natural foods at other times, visit the Olympia Food Co-op (921 Rogers NW, 360/754-7666, and 3111 Pacific Ave. SE, 360/956-3870, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. daily). Get fresh-squeezed apple cider, take-and-bake apple pies, eggs, honey, and more at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill (9402 Rich Rd. SE, 360/491-7328, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.). They are located just south of the Amtrak station in East Olympia.
More healthy food at J-Vee Health Foods & Café (3720 Pacific Ave. SE, 360/491-1930, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., closed Sun.), a longtime natural foods store.
San Francisco Street Bakery (1320 San Francisco St. NE, 360/753-8553, 6:30 a.m.–7 p.m. daily) bakes wonderful earthy breads (using organic grains), plus pastries and bagels.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition