Boat Damages Small Lock at Ballard Locks

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While I was at the Ballard Market enjoying the sunshine yesterday afternoon, the hot topic of discussion seemed to be the boater accident at the Ballard Locks! Sometime around 1:30pm yesterday a boat crashed into the west gate of the locks and caused enough damage to shut down that portion of the locks for the time being.

The Seattle Times reported that repairs began this morning and that it appeared to be mostly surface damage on a walkway; luckily there were no pedestrians on it when the boat crashed into it. According to the Times, the boat that crashed was the Spirit of 76 and the driver reported a malfunction and could not put the boat in reverse. The dock will remain closed this morning as repairs are being done, smaller boats can use the larger dock, but it might cause some back up for vessels in the area.

Congrats to the Best Farmer’s Market in the State – The Ballard Farmer’s Market

The votes are in! According to the Seattle Weekly, the best farmer’s market in the state of Washington is none other than Ballard’s own Farmer’s Market. This is the second year in a row that the Ballard Farmer’s Market has won this award. Held every Sunday, rain or shine, the Ballard Farmer’s Market is fantastic. It boasts great-tasting, varied produce throughout the year, even in the winter, and I always love picking up the soap there too. Along with having fantastic offerings year-round, it’s also in a supreme location, in the heart of Ballard on Ballard Avenue. In the summer months, I like to swing by Vera’s for breakfast, stroll around the Farmer’s Market, pick up a slice of wood-fired Veraci pizza, and enjoy the crowd.

If you haven’t stopped by, the Ballard’s Farmer Market is held every Sunday, from 10am-3pm, along Ballard Avenue. For more information, check out its website.

Ballard Farmer’s Market

I had not yet been to a Farmer’s Market in Seattle, and Sunday I walked through the Ballard Farmer’s Market.   It was a beautiful morning, although extremely cold, so I bundled up and figured it was a good time to check it out since the rain was on hiatus.  For some reason I expected it to be a dozen or so vegetable stands, but I was surprised at the amount and variety of local vendors’ stations.  There were cured and butchered meats, honeys, pastries, vegetables (of course), clothing, arts and crafts and apple ciders (just to name a few).  There were a lot of families with children in tow, but the streets weren’t too crowded to maneuver.  It’s truly a nice Market and a great place to visit on a sunny Sunday morning.  Also, if you’re not within walking distance, get there early as parking may be hard to find.  The Ballard Farmer’s Market is on Ballard Avenue NW between Vernon Place NW and 22nd Avenue NW.  The Market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.