Early Summer Morning at the Seattle Wholesale Growers’ Market

July 28, 2012

Diane Szukovathy of Jello Mold Farm checks an order at the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

You have to get up early to catch the action at the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market.  The doors open at 6 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and by 6:30 a.m. the warehouse is already a whirl of activity.  Florists and buyers arrive at sunrise for the freshest blooms.  I can image the local growers on the road in the pre-dawn darkness hurrying to get their flowers to market in time for this buying rush.

Seattle Wholesale Growers Market is open to the public on Fridays from 10 – 2 (small fee for admission)

Ready to load up the car with new purchases

The back of another florist’s truck

This has obviously been a good year for our local flower growers, and it is gratifying to see the market flourishing.  Summer is a season of abundance in the flower fields, and inside the warehouse was a bounteous array of choices for bouquets and floral arrangements.  Here are some photos:

The morning sun casts a shadow through the open warehouse door.

Nicole, the front desk manager, greets buyers and keeps the operations flowing.

Oregon Coastal Flowers section of the warehouse

Such an assortment of colors and textures for unique floral arrangements

Deep purple calla lilies lined up for purchase, Oregon Coastal Flowers

Buckets of calla lilies, Oregon Coastal Flowers

Floral lamp shades, J Foss Garden Flowers

Green and orange gladioli, J Foss Garden Flowers

Calla lilies await wrapping

Wrapped and ready to go

Wrapping supplies

A buyer backs up to the loading dock for her purchases

Dahlias in yellow bucket

Sneezeweed assortment in brown wrapping paper


Check out counter

Fallen blossoms and petals on the loading dock

Scabiosa, Jello Mold Farm

The loading dock at 7:30 a.m. — the early morning rush was over.

6 Responses to “Early Summer Morning at the Seattle Wholesale Growers’ Market”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    It’s just amazing to see this. We’ve moved into the doldrums of summer now – this coming week will see temperatures in the 100s day after day – and everything is beginning to bolt. There still are beans, squash and okra in the gardens, but the tomatoes and berries are done, and as for flowers… even the natives are looking a little peaked.

    That name – Jello Mold Farm – just makes me laugh!

  2. Melany Says:

    The eremurus and calla lilies are so striking. That last photo reminds me of a place I used to walk past on my way to massage school. Their dumpster was right next to the sidewalk, so I always took a peak. Usually my scrounging paid off with such ‘garbage’ as longstem red roses and the like.

  3. Kent Miles Says:

    Great pics !
    Nice write up ,

  4. one of my favorite places

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