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May Edible Plant Sale
Join us as we celebrate 40 years of helping our community grow delicious and nutritious food! Our annual May Edible Plant Sale features the largest selection of organically, sustainably and locally grown vegetable plant starts in the Puget Sound region. All revenue from the May Edible Plant Sale benefits Tilth Alliance’s year-round programming.
Plants offered at the May Edible Plant Sale are the best varieties to grow successfully in our Pacific Northwest climate. You’ll find an amazing selection of fruits and veggies to choose from, as well as culinary herbs, edible flowers, pollinator plants, and even gardening supplies that will help maximize your harvest all year round. You may even discover new plants or varieties for your summer garden!
Shopping the May Edible Plant Sale
- Shopping starts with the Early Bird Sale on Fri., May 5; 5-7 p.m.
- Shopping continues on Sat.-Sun., May 6-7; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- In-person shopping only — the sale will be held at the Meridian Playground in Wallingford.
- Capacity in the main sale space will be managed via staggered entry with wristbands.
- Accepted payment methods: debit, credit, Fresh Bucks and EBT.
Helping hands will be needed to make this year’s May Edible Plant Sale as safe and enjoyable as possible. Volunteers will help us set up and take down the event, assist customers with their purchases, and provide general support throughout the day.
Plan your shopping! Review our plant lists before you arrive and create your shopping list. Note: these are plants we’ve ordered, but availability is not guaranteed. Sometimes our growers experience crop failures, plants too small to sell, etc.
Vendor Marketplace & Speaker’s Tent
Instead of waiting in line to enter at your wristband color’s designated time, use that time wisely! Browse the vendor marketplace in the lower field, packed with community organizations, plant and seed sellers, and food and snack vendors. Plus, Tilth Alliance’s farm stand from Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands will be there selling produce and garden supplies.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: Bastyr University, Cedar Grove Compost, Grow It Forward, Holy Lamb Organics, Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Stone Soup Gardens, Sustainable Ballard and The People’s Gardening Collective.
PLANTS & SEEDS: Burnt Ridge Nursery, Calendula Farm, Go Native Nursery, The Power Plant and Wild Dreams Farms.
FOOD & SNACKS: Full Tilt Ice Cream, Kathmandu Momocha and Patty Pan Cooperative.
GOODS & SUPPLIES: Deschampsia, Tilth Alliance’s Farm Stand.
We’ll also be hosting a few educational workshops during the Edible Plant Sale. Join us for a talk and learn from the experts at the Garden Hotline and Master Composter/Sustainability Stewards!
10 a.m. — Container Gardening: How to garden with what you purchase, even in small or unique spaces
11 a.m. — Plants for Pollinators & Beneficial Insects: Learn how to choose plants that will attract pollinators
noon — Intro to Compost & Healthy Soils: Learn what makes soil healthy and how you can improve your own soil
Getting There, Parking & Where to Enter
There will be no parking on either side of Corliss Ave N between the park and N 46th or on the west side of Sunnyside Ave N on Saturday and Sunday.
- Carpool, take a bus (#44 or #62), or use other alternative transportation if you’re able. You can also take Link Light Rail to the U-District station and then walk or take bus #44 to Sunnyside Ave.
- Street parking will be available near Meridian Playground (4800 Meridian Ave N). Street parking will be limited. If you are driving to the sale, plan to spend time looking for parking.
- There are a few accessible parking spots in the Good Shepherd Center parking lot. There is a paved sidewalk part of the way to the sale.
Entering the Sale
- A staggered entry system allows the maximum number of people to enter and keep the entrance flowing smoothly during the busiest times.
- Pick up a color-coded wristband starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Welcome Tent in the lower field.
- Enjoy the Vendor Marketplace in the lower field outside of the sale instead of waiting in line!
- Please be prepared to wait to enter the sale if you plan to shop during peak hours: Saturday, between 9 a.m.-noon, or Sunday, between 9-10 a.m.
Thank you, sponsors!
Become a Vendor
Shop the marketplace during the sale and support local businesses! The Vendor Marketplace at the Edible Plant Sale features local businesses and organizations selling merchandise, serving food and drinks, and promoting their services. Interested in becoming a vendor? Email Kala Matzdorf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tilth Alliance members receive a $5 coupon (the equivalent of one free plant). Keep an eye out for a special email with your coupon as we get closer to the sale.
Sponsor an Event
The May Edible Plant Sale, which has been running for nearly 40 years, is considered by many to be a “rite of spring” in Seattle and is expected to attract more than 4,000 attendees. Event sponsors have the opportunity to showcase their business to shoppers through several marketing channels, including an email to all attendees following the event.
Request Wholesale Plants
We often have plants remaining after our plant sales and we would love to offer them to community organizations at their wholesale cost. If you’d like to be contacted regarding leftover plants, please fill out a short contact form.