Pike Place Market is one of the most popular places to visit when touring the city of Seattle, and it’s for good reason. The local farmers, fishmongers, and produce sellers always have great energy and their products are fresh. The atmosphere of the place is crowded and often times frenetic. People love the live fish sailing through the air, the harsh calls of the fruit sellers, and the smell of every imaginable food pervading through the area. Sadly, as Pike Place Market becomes more of a tourist attraction than a genuine food market, many of the fruit, fish, and grocery sellers leave in favor of those offering souvenirs, arts and crafts, and curios. While Pike Place Market is unique in having a wide variety of retail stalls as well as local coffee shops and restaurants in the area, the true initial appeal of the market for me was the fresh produce, the day’s catch, and the lively community of local farmer vendors. They give Pike Place Market the genuine feel of a local open air market and keep the place interesting and colorful.