Seattle Farmers Market Association
The mission of the Seattle Farmers Market Association is to provide fun and rewarding venues for Washington state small farms and artisans to bring their highest quality, locally-grown and crafted products to urban residents. Our goal is to help our vendors be successful. Our intention is to facilitate a mutually beneficial connection between our community’s residents and the individuals who steward our local farmland and provide a variety of cultural arts.
Founded in 1990 at the Fremont Sunday Market, we were established as the first neighborhood farmers market in Seattle comprised only of Washington farmers since the 1950’s. Our purpose then, as now, is to bring the neighborhood together by creating a local marketplace. In providing a regular event, where diverse people meet and develop positive relationships, we can contribute to building strong communities, and enhance the quality of life for everyone in our region.
We strive for a cooperative, respectful, family-friendly atmosphere that promotes beneficial interactions among our producers, our staff and the community. When we are successful at our work, our visitors will perceive themselves as being inter-connected to the market and to the community as a whole. By offering the opportunity for all at the market to be partners in the stability and security of our farmlands and small businesses, we can create a more secure and healthy citizenry. Our commitment is to rely on mutual regard and honesty to promote a place where our vendors and employees will have the opportunity to develop beneficial relationships with the market visitors in the spirit of good will.
The nature of a farmers market lends itself to the old fashioned tradition of “going to market” and it provides a “town square” for local small farmers to sell their products, bringing rural and urban entrepreneurs together to round out the weekly experience of “market day.” Our vendors and staff work collaboratively to bring a consistently high-quality event week after week -- an exciting meeting place for neighbors to meet, commune and enjoy the great bounty of our state.
Doug Farr | General Manager
Doug Farr moved back to Seattle after a four-year stay in Utah to fill the position of General Manager at SFMA. Raised on a farm, he has a background in business having owned 5 successful businesses previously. He is no stranger to the Seattle market scene having worked as the Manager at the Fremont Sunday Market for well over a decade. In his leisure time, Doug enjoys gardening, canning and trying new recipes. He also enjoys traveling, walking the beach and camping with his husband and their two dogs.
Matt Kelly | Operations Manager
Matt, was born and raised here in Seattle. He commercial fished the Bearing Sea and the Aleutian Coast in college like a true son of Ballard. Matt holds a Bachelors degree in Humanities for Leadership from Seattle University. He's interested in the arts, spending a summer abroad working at the Sydney Opera House and regularly attending shows and sculpting in his free time. You can also find him on the cascade trailheads, playing Rugby and distilling spirits. Matt is passionate about building community, his family and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Supporting a vibrant community of local farmers, fishers and artisans breaths life into him everyday working for SFMA!
Ben Chandler | Market Manager
Born in the Seattle-area to parents newly transplanted from upstate New York, spent many summers back east neck-deep in frog ponds and has never been within 100 miles of Yankee Stadium. Raised on a steady diet of classical music and frontier cookery, the merits of which were not fully realized until much later. Plays and teaches music whenever possible and is the member of several bands which neither practice nor perform, although all have cool names. Between the cracks in his busy music schedule he enjoys growing, cooking, and eating food, drinking and making wine, and raising up his kids right on a steady diet of classical music and frontier cookery.
Will Cadra | Fresh Bucks Outreach Coordinator
Will is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds degrees in both English and Community, Environment, and Planning. His background includes community outreach, environmental preservation, and event planning. Before joining the team at SFMA, he founded SCUFF - The Seattle College and University Film Festival to showcase short films from college students across the Puget Sound. In his free time, Will can often be found in movie theaters and hiking trails throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Desi Caswell | Event Coordinator Intern
Desi grew up in Dallas, Texas and has lived in Seattle for the past three years. She is a student at Seattle University studying Cultural Anthropology and Humanities for Leadership and wants to pursue a career in event management and nonprofit fundraising. Since beginning university, Desi has served as the Executive Director of Seattle University Dance Marathon for the past two years, raising money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. In her free time, Desi enjoys trying new recipes and spending time at the many wonderful markets around the Seattle Area. When she is not at the markets, find Desi at Cascina Spinasse on Capitol Hill where she enjoys hosting and learning more about Italian cooking and cuisine.
Oleana Perry | Vendor/Tech Specialist
Oleana is a community builder in the local art scene and has a passion for creating opportunities for artists. She carries a Bachelors degree in Visual Communications and spends all of her free time in the pottery studio or garden. In the afternoons you can find her teaching art through her studio, High 5 Arts. Oleana has grown up in market settings and truly believes in the mission.