While Eastlake may not have a farmers market of its own yet, it does have access to South Lake Union’s newest market, the FarmBoat – a floating farmers market, thanks to Captain Larry Kezner’s mini ferry service at Terry Pettus Park ( Fairview and Newton). For a mere $6 round trip, passengers can enjoy a scenic trip across the lake to the market. The service leaves every hour from Pettus Park and makes a return trip leaving Lake Union Park forty-five minutes after its arrival at the market. Service at Pettus begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. every Thursday in conjunction with the Winter FarmBoat’s hours. Schedule updates and info at www.SeattleFerryService.com or 206-713-8446.
Captain Larry Kezner started the service in an effort to raise awareness about Lake Union’s history with maritime transportation and to provide a flexible alternative to Seattle’s congested roadways. He also runs the Sunday Ice Cream Boat cruise and does private parties on his larger ferry boat.
“I’ve been trying to demonstrate that private ferry service can be efficient and productive way to get across or around the lake,” Larry explained. “Changing population and market conditions make transportation via water very attractive to our inter-city lakes and canals”.
In addition to the FarmBoat route, Larry is interested in doing future routes from South Lake Union to Fremont, Fremont to the Brooklyn Street End, and Brooklyn Street End to South Lake Union with flag stops at Waterway 11 and the Yale St. End.
At FarmBoat, shoppers can tour the historic Virginia V Steamboat (the last remaining survivor of the Puget Sound’s “Mosquito Fleet”) and browse through the many local vendors. Items available include local produce, baked goods, artisan gifts, and craft items. The market has two final dates in its Winter season, 12/16 and 12/23. It starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. and can be found inside the Virginia V Steamboat at the Lake Union dock. For more information about the FarmBoat, visit www.farmboat.org