Market Director
Ken Yette

Ken Yette celebrated his 30th year with Town & Country Markets in 2016 – the same year he was named director of Central Market Shoreline.
He’s been a familiar face at just about all our markets – starting out in 1986 as a produce clerk on Bainbridge Island, then jumping to Poulsbo, then back to Bainbridge and then back to Poulsbo – covering a decade in Produce.
He settled for a time in Ballard Market where he worked as the merchandiser. Seven years later, he moved on to Shoreline to become that store’s merchandiser. In 2013, he went to Central Market Mill Creek as merchandiser. After two years there, he became nomadic once again, spending about a year traveling from market to market helping them improve their merchandising processes and approaches.
It seems his wandering days are over at last, however, now that he’s landed at Shoreline. He heads up the market’s leadership team with assistant market directors Jason Whetham and Patty Nolan, who will manage operations and merchandising.
Ken couldn’t be happier about landing at Central Market Shoreline, a market surrounded by diverse communities. He hopes to build community at the market around food – from the sources, to shopping, preparing and eating. That community of eaters includes the staff, he said, which is “one of the finest I’ve ever worked with.”
Born in Hawaii, Ken moved to Seattle at age 18 after graduating from high school. He landed a job with Town & Country shortly afterward.
Ken lives with his partner in South Seattle. He is a runner (his favorite route is on the shores of Lake Washington), a gardener and a devoted home improver.
When it comes to his favorite food, he’s “all over the place.” “We rarely eat out and are definitely foodies,” Ken said. “Right now I’m actually trying to learn how to make some of my favorite bottled sauces – from scratch. Especially Asian sauces. I want to know what the real ingredients were before they were put into a bottle.”