About Farmers' Markets and Local Food & Farm Producers
Information about farmers' markets, local food and farm producers, and specialty food & beverage products packaged locally is provided for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby communities including Prosser, Moses Lake, Walla Walla, Yakima, and Pendleton (see List of Cities & Counties and Area Maps). Check out the following topics:
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There are several Farmers' Markets in the Tri-Cities Washington region that are open from May through October. The following is a list of Farmers' Markets located in the Tri-Cities and other communities that are within an hour or so drive from the Tri-Cities. Check back for updates for the 2017 opening dates for the different community Farmers' Markets.
Dayton: Blue Mountain Station Farmers' Market - May 28, 2016. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 700 Artisan Way.
Ephrata: Ephrata Farmers' Market - May 27, 2017 through October 21. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday on C Street between Division Street and 1st Avenue Northwest.
Hermiston: Hermiston Farmers' Market (note: a search is in progress for a new market manager) - May 7, 2016 through October 1. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday in McKenzie Park at 320 S. First St.
Kennewick: Historic Kennewick Farmers Market - June 1, 2017 through October 12. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday in downtown Kennewick.
Kennewick: Wicked Fresh Farmers Market - May 30, 2017 through September. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at 9312 W. 10th Ave.
Milton-Freewater: Milton-Freewater Farmers' Market - June 7, 2017 through September 20. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday in Orchard Park, 1221 S. Main St.
Moses Lake: Moses Lake Farmers Market & Craft Bazaar - May 6, 2017 through October 28. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Dogwood Street side of McCosh Park at Fourth and Dogwood streets by the Moses Lake Aquatic Center.
Pasco: Pasco Farmers' Market (vendor list) - May 6, 2017 through October 28. It's open two days, 8:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and Saturday at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue.
Pendleton: Pendleton Farmers' Market (vendor list) - May 5, 2017 through October 20. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday in the 300 block of Main Street between Emigrant Road and Dorion Avenue.
Richland: 3 Eyed Fish Farmers' Market - June 11, 2017 through August. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at Queensgate Village, 1970 Keen Road.
Richland: Market at The Parkway - June 2, 2017 through October 27. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way.
Sunnyside: The Sunnyside Farmers' Market - May 24, 2017 through October 4. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Central Park on South Fifth Street near the entrance to the park.
Walla Walla: Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market - May 6, 2017 through October. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds (363 Orchard St.).
Yakima: Yakima Farmers' Market - May 7, 2017 through October 22. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at South Third Street in front of the Capitol Theater in downtown Yakima.
Fresh Fruit & Produce Stands in the Tri-CitiesCool Slice Garden Fresh Produce
Some of the fresh fruit and produce stands located in the Tri-Cities are listed below:
- Harris Farm - 11516 W. Court St, Pasco, WA - Phone number: (509) 948-8654
- Hermiston Melon Company - 607 Aaron Dr., Richland WA - Note: located at the Beaver Bark Gift & Garden Center.
- Lil Fruit Stand - 1345 Lee Blvd, Richland, WA - Phone number: (509) 943-9440
- Linnie's Garden - corner of Road 94 and W. Court Street, Pasco WA - features tomatoes and more.
- Queensgate Gardens - 1040 Queensgate Drive, Richland, WA - Phone number: (509) 460-7182
- Villa's Espresso and Fresh Produce - 5025 N Road 68, Pasco, WA
U-Pick Fruit & Berries and U-Cut Lavender
The following are some of the u-pick farms and orchards where you can pick fruit, berries, and cut lavender.
- Burbank: Applegate Orchards - u-pick blueberries
- Grandview: Bill's Berry Farm - u-pick blueberries, cherries, apples, pumpkins
- Hermiston: K & K Blueberries - u-pick blueberries
- Lowden: Blue Mountain Lavender Farm - u-cut lavender, boutique products
- Milton-Freewater: Lampson Blueberries - u-pick blueberries
- Pasco: The Hatch Patch - u-pick cherries, apples, pears, and pumpkins
- Prosser: Crimson Acres - u-pick USDA certified organic blueberries
- Richland: Ray French Orchard u-pick cherries, peaches, nectarines and apples
- Sunnyside: Blackberries Jubilee - u-pick blackberries
- Wapato: Blueberry Hill Berries - u-pick organic blueberries, raspberries, blackcaps, and blackberries
- Yakima: West Valley U-Pick - u-pick berries, apples, pears and other fruit
Local Food & Farm Producers
The following are some of the local food and farm producers whose products can be purchased at various farmers' markets in the Tri-Cities region.
- Gilmore Farms - apples
- Happy l'il Homestead - pork & poultry
- Harris Farm produce w/ produce stand
- Hatch Farms - cherries, apples, pears, pumpkins - U-Pick, fruit stand
- Mid Columbia Gardens - tomato plants, pepper plants, etc.
- Pounds Family Farm - free range chicken eggs
- Red Mountain Eggs range free chicken eggs - home delivery available
- Two Sisters Honey - honey, soap, and beeswax
Hay Shaker Farm - "horse powered" produce
- Monteillet Fromagerie - fresh goat and sheep cheese
Hermiston / Ione / Stanfield
- Aichele Farm - raspberries, strawberries, blackberries
- Bellinger Farms - watermelons, cantaloupe, cucumbers, bell peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, zucchini and pumpkins
- Finley's Fresh Produce - produce/CSA
- Hermiston Melon Co. - Bob Walchli Farms - watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, peppers, sweet onions w/ produce stand
- Neiffer Triangle 4 Ranch - grass-fed beef
- Pat-n-Tam's Beef - grass-fed beef
- Flatau Farm - cherries, apples, peaches, nectarines and pluots
- Buggirl's Garden - flowers, plants, produce
- J & M Gourmet Mushrooms - gourmet mushrooms
- Heavenly Hills Harvest Farm - produce, range free eggs
- Miles Away Farm - produce, soaps, jams
- Ahtanum Berry Patch - blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries
- Blue Barn Farm - farmstead goat cheese
Farm Directories & Maps
The following are resources that provide farm maps and directories.
Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Pendleton, Stanfield, and Umatilla Farm Guides
- Local Food and Farm Guide (PDF) - 2012 guide to East Central Oregon: Umatilla, Morrow, Gillian, and Wheeler Counties
- Oregon Farm Direct provides a directory for Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Pendleton, Stanfield, and Umatilla. This directory is focused on farm markets and roadside stands that accept Oregon's FDNP and CVV vouchers.
Walla Walla Valley Farm Map
View the Walla Walla Farm Map for a list of local food and farm producers in the Walla Walla Valley.
Yakima Valley Farm Map and Harvest Schedule
Visit Yakima provides a map and harvest schedule for Granger, Prosser, Sunnyside, Wapato, and Yakima.
Eat Wild is your source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, and dairy. A directory of state-by-state farms is provided including Washington and Oregon.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Some farms operate as community supported agriculture (CSA) that provide subscribers with fresh, high-quality, local food all through the growing season. Several CSA's that supply subscribers in the Tri-Cities region are listed below.
Finley's Fresh Produce - Hermiston
Finley's Fresh Produce is owned and operated by John and Chris Finley in Hermiston Oregon. They are committed to providing naturally grown produce that is nutritionally rich and free of pesticides; providing produce for the consumer that not only tastes good to eat but is also good for you.
Welcome Table Farm - Walla Walla
Welcome Table Farm offers fresh vegetables, herbs, dry beans, and berries for sale at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market, by special order, and through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription program.
Local Pumpkin Produce Box - Pasco
Local Pumpkin Produce Box, although not a local producer, is a small business in Pasco that offers quality local produce delivered weekly throughout the Tri-Cities community. They work with local farmers to provide a variety of fresh, in season, and often organic fruits and vegetables on a subscription basis.
Food Co-Op Markets
Dayton - Blue Mountain Station Co-op
The Blue Mountain Station Co-op operates a market at Blue Mountain Station. The market is open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The market's focus is on local and regional foods and products, including items made by the Artisan food businesses processing goods on site.
Former Food Co-Op Markets
The following food co-op's have closed their doors. The Yakima Food Co-op was not sustainable with slightly over 100 members. Experts advise that 250-300 members are required to establish a sustainable enterprise. Organizers for the Mid-Columbia Market are researching different business model options and hope to re-open in the future.
Specialty Food, Beverage & Other Products
Various specialty food, beverage, and other products are made and marketed from this region. Some of these products can be ordered online and/or purchased in specialty stores and farmers' markets around the Tri-Cities.
Products Made in the Tri-Cities
- Adam's Place Country Gourmet - chocolate novelties, jams, and soups
- AJ's Edible Arts, Inc. - ranch dressing mixes, Walla Walla sweet onion mustard
- ApresVin - 100% varietal grape seed oils and flours
- Bert's Garlic Sweet Pickled - sweet pickled garlic products
- Country Mercantile - a variety of everything
- Drake's Meat Rubs - meat seasoning rubs
- Great Harvest Bread Co. - whole grain breads from freshly milled wheat
- KC Brand Kettle Corn - four varieties of kettle corn
- Puddle Ducks Herb Farm - natural herb, fruit & spice teas
- Rudy's Pepperblends - gourmet blends of powdered chili peppers
- Tea Gallerie - loose, fruit and floral infused teas
- Two Sisters Honey - honey, soap, and beeswax
- West Meadow Gardens Tea - certified organic and fair trade teas
Products Made Outside the Tri-Cities
- Barhyte Specialty Foods - mustards, marinades, wing sauces, and other gourmet condiments - Pendleton
- Chukar Cherries - various products made from cherries - Prosser
- Hops Direct, LLC - hop pellets, hop soaps and pickled hop shoots - Mabton
- Just Clean Goat Milk Soap - goat milk soap - Benton City
- Klicker's Strawberries - frozen strawberries - Walla Walla
- Lovejoy Farms - dried ornamental flowers - Eltopia
- Moxie Organix - natural vegan & organic skin care - Walla Walla Ole World Oils - Camelina Gold Oil products - Ritzville
- Purple Ridge Lavender Farms - lotions, oil, sachets, lavender-scented goats' milk soap - Hermiston
- Rill's Specialty Foods - soups and corn bread - Thorp
- Sagegold Soaps - "cold-process" vegetable-based soaps - Benton City
- Sheffield Cider - sparkling apple cider - Mesa
- The Lavender Boutique - various lavendar products - Quincy
- Tillen Farms - pickled vegetables - Sunnyside
Walla Walla Sweet Onions
Walla Walla Sweet Onions, famous for their exceptionally sweet taste, have been grown for over a century in the Walla Walla region. The Walla Walla Sweet Onion is the official Washington state vegetable.
Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival - July
The annual Sweet Onion Festival is held each year in mid-July in Walla Walla. There are children's games and contests, arts and crafts vendors, food demonstrations and live music.
Getting Farm Products to Market
View the Washington State Department of Agriculture farm maps which show the top crops and food processing industries by county from the 2012 Census of Agriculture, USDA."
Have you ever wondered what producers must go through to bring their products to market and maintain a sustainable living? Would you like to become a producer? If so, check out the following resources. A note to consumers: support the producers and "buy fresh - buy local."
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)
Small Farm & Direct Marketing
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) established the Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program to increase the economic viability of small farms, build community vitality, and improve the environmental quality of the region. This program has published the WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing Handbook that includes topics such as Getting Connected, Running A Successful Farm Business, Direct Marketing Strategies, and Regulations for Specific Products. You can download the entire handbook, a whole chapter or an individual fact sheet as a PDF.
Washington State Farmers Market Manual
The WSDA in conjunction with WSU Small Farms Team has published the Washington State Farmers Market Manual (PDF) which is a step-by-step guide for an organization to use in establishing a successful Farmer's Market.
Farm to Cafeteria Connections
The WSDA Farm to Cafeteria Connections (PDF) is a handbook that describes marketing opportunities for small farms in Washington State. This handbook is designed to be a resource for farmers, food service professionals and community members in developing Farm-to-Cafeteria programs in Washington.
Organic Food Program
The WSDA Organic Food Program protects consumers and supports the organic food industry by ensuring the integrity of organic food products through establishing organic standards and certifying organic producers, processors, and handlers. Guides are available crop producers, livestock producers, organic handlers, and organic processors.
Blue Mountain Station
The Blue Mountain Station offers you an exciting opportunity to experience food like you never have before, bringing together many of the region's artisan food producers and inventive culinary artists! Our 28 acre site is located next to Highway 12 right outside of Dayton, Washington. Products made on site are offered to the public through the BMS Co-op Market.
Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington
The Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington provides a variety of resources related to Farmers Markets & Public Markets.
Northwest Direct - Farm Case Studies
The Northwest Direct Farm Case Studies were developed to provide in-depth information about the direct and semi-direct marketing opportunities that exist for farmers within their regional food system. One case study involves Alvarez Farms (PDF) in Mabton, WA.
Unitied States Department of Agriculture - New Farmers Guide
The Unitied States Department of Agriculture has put together a set of resources for New Farmers that includes information on education and assistance, access to land and capital, managing risk, protecting the environment, and expanding business.
The purpose of Washington Grown is to educate the public about the food that is grown and raised within the state and how food gets to our plates! In addition, Washington Grown produces episodes and clips that you can watch online and publishes tasty recipes.
Washington State University - Small Farms Team
The Washington State University Small Farms Team provides research-based information and educational programs for farmers, consumers, decision-makers, and others involved in local food systems.