The idea started two years ago when Phinney Ridge resident Megan Janes came across a charming ice pops shop in Birmingham, Alabama. When she returned home, Janes had a vision to start her own frozen treat business here, so she enlisted the help of her sister Lindsey Janes and father Dave Janes.
Now, you can find Janes’ Seattle Pops goodies–almost entirely locally sourced and organic, and whipped up 1-3 days before serving–at Pike Place Market, multiple farmers markets in and around Seattle, major city events (last week’s Capitol Hill Pride Festival, for one), and even at weddings and other private celebrations.
- Wednesdays: Columbia City (May 7 – Oct 15) and Wallingford (May 28 – Sept) from 3-7 p.m.
- Thursdays: Bellevue Farmers Market (May – Oct) from 3-7 p.m.
- Fridays: Madrona Farmers Market (Through Sept 28) from 3-7 p.m.
- Saturdays: Shoreline (Through Oct. 4) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and U District (Through Oct. 25) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Sundays: Fremont Sunday Market (Through August) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market – August 15 at 7 p.m.
The super cool confections take inspiration from the traditional Mexican paleta, a popular treat in Latin America that’s usually fruit- or cream-based. Seattle Pops’ fruit-based treats are vegan and gluten-free and loaded with lively taste in flavors such as zesty lime, blueberry, strawberry basil and very strawberry (the last two are 100% organic). “One of the most exciting things about being involved in the farmers markets,” Janes says, “is that we get to meet a lot of farmers and work with the market staff on getting as many local ingredients as we can.”
On the creamy side, look for varieties such as chocolate strawberry, peaches & cream and creamy raspberry (we’re still dreaming about the chocolate banana). Or get your java fix with the Kona coffee flavor - entirely delicious and made with Hawaii’s prized Kona beans.
The team behind Seattle Pops is always dreaming up new flavors and finding more sources for local produce and ingredients. Soon-to-come flavors: rhubarb, coconut, cranberry and what Janes calls “rocky road with a unique twist.” Find Seattle Pops and its frozen treat-dispensing cart at farmers markets around the city or visit seattlepops.com for more info. Get ‘em while they’re fresh!