Back in early October, I had the opportunity to photograph the Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Alliance’s annual fund raiser for the second year in a row. I asked my friend and fellow photographer Rolan Wong if he wanted to join and he said yes. I am the more shy, food photographer, and he is the more outgoing photographer, so we make a good team. It’s also helpful to learn from him about doing event photography. In my line of work I also have to take photos of chefs, so this was great practice for me.
The yearly event is a collaboration between amazing chefs and farmers and it helps to create emergency relief funding for farmers. The 24 chefs and farmers work together to create dishes, and if you have purchased a ticket (or are working ;)) you can sample the many dishes that they have come up with. The chef creates a dish using the farmer’s ingredients, then the guests get to sample and vote for the best one. It’s a ton of fun, and there is so much talent that usually I am a little star stuck. There are chefs from many of the top restaurants in Seattle, and they are always so nice and friendly.
I worked with the NFMA while I was in school. I chose them to work with on our required Non-Profit advertising campaign. They were a pleasure to work with and I still love to be able to give back to them. They operate 7 of the Farmer’s Markets around Seattle and their main focus is education of the public and running food only farmer’s markets to help support local farmers. If you haven’t been to one yet, you should go check them out. The Capitol Hill Broadway Farmer’s Market recently became year round, so you can go visit them when all the others are closed! 🙂
Enjoy the photos!