The produce market in Uptown is now open at 631 Queen Anne Ave. N., and is expected to operate until Christmas , but maybe longer.
The produce market in Uptown is now open at 631 Queen Anne Ave. N., and is expected to operate until Christmas , but maybe longer.
<
2
3
>

Fardell Farms operator Alex Fardell was looking for cold storage in Seattle for his produce, which he sells wholesale to grocery stores and at farmers markets.

His plans scaled up when the old Manhattan Express building became available in the spring, where he is now running a temporary market.

“They had the space up for lease for a couple months. They just couldn’t nail anyone down,” Fardell said. “This ended up being kind of a pop-up store — a temporary store.”

The produce market in Uptown is now open at 631 Queen Anne Ave. N., and Fardell is stocking it with crops from his farms in Entiat and one east of Wenatchee, and then from growers and managers he works with through Chelan Fresh. He also has some products he sources from Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

“There’s a lot of foot traffic in this area,” Fardell said, “so we’re getting a lot of people just coming in and checking things out.”

Fardell plans to keep his Uptown outpost open through the end of the year, and has the ability to extend his lease until April.

The building is slated to come down next year to make way for an eight-story, 93-unit apartment building, and Fardell said he’s hoping to find a permanent spot in one of the new development’s four retail spots, possibly with a combined deli.

The Fardell Farms store is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

Anyone looking for a last-minute pumpkin can find them at the store, and Fardell is partnering with Tony’s Market in West Seattle to provide Christmas trees soon.

“I’m going down to cut the trees myself and bale them,” he said. “We kind of went in together on a contract for another lot, because I know Christmas trees this year have been a little thin.”