Pike Place Market is different. It’s a great tourist destination and an interesting part of Seattle history. The story goes that early settlers were frustrated with the cost of groceries and produce. Apparently, enterprising middlemen were adding a bit too much to the price of the goods in the form of their profit and people were none too happy about it. So, in a pseudo-Boston Tea Party move, they ditched the middleman and set up their own farmers market where they could buy directly from the farmer.