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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Farmers' MarketsProsser Farmers' Market
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.
Benton City: 9th Street Market opens May 17 and runs through September. Hours are from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Tuesday in front of Branches & Vine.
Dayton: Blue Mountain Station Farmers' Market opens May 28. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 700 Artisan Way.
Ephrata: Ephrata Farmers' Market opens May 28 and runs until October 22. 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 opens May 7 and runs through October 1. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays. The market is in McKenzie Park at 320 S. First St.
Kennewick: Historic Kennewick Farmers Market opens June 2 and runs through October 13. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays in downtown Kennewick.
Kennewick: Wicked Fresh Farmers Market opens June 7 and runs through September. Hours are from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays at 9312 W. 10th Ave.
Milton-Freewater: Milton-Freewater Farmers' Market opens June 1 and runs through September 21. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in Orchard Park, 1221 S. Main St.
Moses Lake: Moses Lake Farmers Market & Craft Bazaar opens May 7 and runs through October 29. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays 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) opens May 7 and runs through October 29. It's open two days, 8:00 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue.
Pasco: Saturday Farmers Market by TRAC opens June 4 and runs through October. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The market is at 4525 Convention Pl. (Holiday Inn Express by the TRAC).
Pendleton: Pendleton Farmers' Market (vendor list) opens May 6 and runs through October 21 in the 300 block of Main Street between Emigrant Road and Dorion Avenue. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each Friday.
Prosser: Prosser Farmers' Market (vendor list) opens May 7 and runs through October. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The market is in the Prosser City Park at Seventh Street and Sommers Avenue.
Richland: 3 Eyed Fish Farmers' Market opens June 12 and runs through August. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sundays at Queensgate Village, 1970 Keen Road.
Richland: Barnard Griffin - Schreiber and Sons Farmers' Market opens June 1 and runs through September. Hours are from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at 878 Tulip Lane.
Richland: Market at The Parkway opens June 3 and runs through October 28. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way.
Sunnyside: The Sunnyside Farmers' Market opens May 25 and runs through October 5. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Central Park on South Fifth Street near the entrance to the park.
Walla Walla: Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market opens May 7 and runs through October. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds (363 Orchard St.).
Yakima: Yakima Farmers' Market opens May 8 and runs until October 23. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays at South Third Street in front of the Capitol Theater in downtown Yakima.
Food Co-Op Markets
Richland - Mid-Columbia Market at the HUB
You can buy local produce, meat, farm fresh eggs and more online throughout the year with pick-up at the Mid-Columbia Market at the HUB located at 603 Goethals in Richland. The Market at the HUB is also stocked with products by the farmers and vendors who sell online and at local farmers' markets. In addition, the store is a source of food and products from Azure Standard.
Dayton - Blue Mountain Station Co-op
The Blue Mountain Station Co-op operates a market in Suite F of the Artisan Food Center at Blue Mountain Station. The market is open Tuesdays from noon – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 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.
Yakima Food Cooperative
The mission of the Yakima Food Cooperative is to support local producers and to offer high quality items produced as close to the Yakima Valley as possible.Walla Walla - Daily Market Cooperative - Closed August 2015
Note: the Daily Market Cooperative in Walla Walla closed their doors in August 2015.
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:
- Christopherson Farm - 197616 E. Bowles Rd., Kennewick, WA - Phone number (509) 430-2167 - features sweet onions, sweet corn, tomatoes, winter squash and pumpkins
- Cool Slice Garden Fresh Produce - Road 48 and W. Court Street, Pasco WA
- Country Mercantile - 232 Crest Loch Rd, Pasco WA - Phone number: (509) 545-2192 and 5015 Ava Way, Richland WA - Phone number: (509) 581-0306
- Fresh Picks - 8378 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA - features fresh fruits, cider and jams from Rowley & Hawkins Fruit Farms.
- 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.
- Middleton's Country Store & Fall Festival - 1050 Pasco Kalotus RD, Pasco, WA - Phone number: (509) 492-0116
- 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.
- Benton City: BC Blueberries - u-pick blueberries
- 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 (berries, fruit, produce, free range chickens, eggs, grass-fed beef, dairy, herbs, etc.) in this region.
- Knutzen's Meats - not a producer but offers natural meat retail sales - Pasco
- Mid Columbia Gardens - tomato plants, pepper plants, etc - Richland
- Red Mountain Eggs fresh eggs from cage-free hens - West Richland
- Schreiber & Sons - fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs, community supported agriculture - Eltopia
- Templeman's Country Market - not a producer but offers natural meat retail sales - Kennewick
Ephrata, Mattawa, Moses Lake, Othello, and Royal City
- Lucky Hook Farm - grade A raw goat milk - Moses Lake
- Pure Country Pork Markets - Ephrata
- Pure Eire Dairy - milk & cream from grass-fed Jersey cows - Othello
Hermiston, Ione, Milton-Freewater, Stanfield
- Aichele Farms - raspberries, blackberries, strawberries - Stanfield
- Bellinger Farms - mellons, cantaloupe, sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins - Hermiston
- Neiffer Triangle 4 Ranch - grass fed beef - Ione
- Pat-n-Tam's Beef - grass-fed beef - Standfield
- Walichi Farms - asparagus, watermelon, cantelopes, onions, potatoes, corn - Hermiston
Yakima, Grandview, Granger, Prosser, Sunnyside, Topennish, Wapato
- Baron Farms - grass-fed beef, pastured pork, grazed eggs - Wapato
- Buggirl's Garden - flowers, plants, produce - Prosser
- Dagdagan Farm and Produce - fruit & produce stand, u-pick vegetables - Wapato
- Holy Cow - grass fed beef and pastured pork - Wapato
- Johnson Orchards - apples, pears, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries, plums, and pluots - Yakima
- Jones Farms - vegetables, melons, tree fruit, fruit stands - Granger
- Pride and Joy Dairy - organic dairy products - Granger
- Valicoff Farms - cherries, peaches, pears, nectarines, apricots - Wapato
- RemBrandt Masterpiece Fruit - apples, pears, fruit stand - Wapato
- Schell's Produce - sweet corn, watermelon, peaches, cherries, apricots, sweet onions, and more - Topennish
- Washington Fruit Place - Barrett Orchards - apples, pears, peaches, apricots, and cherries - Yakima
Visit Yakima provides a map and harvest schedule for Granger, Prosser, Sunnyside, Wapato, and Yakima.
Walla Walla, Dayton, Touchet
- Blue Valley Meats - grass-fed beef and more - Walla Walla
- Klicker's Strawberries - fresh and frozen strawberries - Walla Walla
- Stones Throw Farm - a variety of produce - Walla Walla
View the Walla Walla Farm Map (PDF) for a list of local food and farm producers in the Walla Walla Valley.
Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Lake Chelan
If you are interested in fresh and local food markets including roadside stands and farms further north in the Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Lake Chelan region then check out the directory provided by the Cascade Foothills Farmland Association.
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.
Fresh Picks - Basin City
Fresh Picks (aka Rowley and Hawkins Fruit Farms) is located in Basin City. They offer a Box-A-Week program and deliver to several drop off locations in the Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Othello, Warden, Connell and Basin City. They offer fresh fruit and vegetable boxes and are known for their amazing 30 varieties of homemade jams manufactured under their Taste-A-Treat brand. They also operate a year round Fresh Picks store in Kennewick where they sell smoothies and fresh fruit.
Heavenly Hills Harvest - Sunnyside
Heavenly Hills Harvest is a locally owned farm nestled on the banks of the Yakima River dedicated to providing the freshest, healthiest produce for the discerning customer. They currently grow all of their produce organically, utilizing only sustainable and earth-friendly methods.
Schreiber & Sons Farm - Eltopia
Schreiber & Sons Farm began giving Tri-Cities families a chance to share in local farming in 2006. They changed the way they deliver produce and moved from a traditional CSA to using the Pasco and Richland farmers markets as their drop sites. You now contact them directly to place an order for your produce and get a 25% discount on orders over $30. They are certified organic and grow over 300 varieties of veggies, fruits and herbs.
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.
Eat Wild & LocalHarvest
The following are additional resources that list local food and farm markets.
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.
Specialty Food, Beverage & Other Products
Various specialty food, beverage, and other products are made and marketed from this region and most can be ordered online.
Products Made and Marketed from the Tri-Cities
- Adam's Place Country Gourmet - chocolate novelties, jams, and soups - Kennewick
- AJ's Edible Arts, Inc. - ranch dressing mixes, Walla Walla sweet onion mustard - Pasco
- ApresVin - 100% varietal grape seed oils and flours - West Richland
- Bert's Garlic Sweet Pickled - sweet pickled garlic products - West Richland
- Country Mercantile - a variety of everything - Pasco and Richland
- Drake's Meat Rubs - meat seasoning rubs - West Richland
- Great Harvest Bread Co. - whole grain breads from freshly milled wheat - Kennewick
- King Bee Honey - raw honey - Pasco
- Puddle Ducks Herb Farm - natural herb, fruit & spice teas - Pasco
- Rudy's Pepperblends - gourmet blends of powdered chili peppers - Kennewick
- Tea Gallerie - loose, fruit and floral infused teas - West Richland
- Two Sisters Honey and Brewery - honey, soap, beer and beeswax - Kennewick
- West Meadow Gardens Tea - certified organic and fair trade teas - Kennewick
- Wine Barrel Gourmet - soup, pasta, bread mixes, and red wine sauces - Kennewick
Note: Renee Pottle of Hestia's Hearth LLC/Wine Barrel Gourmet published a short guide on Making Food Healthy with Wine! (PDF) which is about adding flavor with less fat, salt, and sugar.
Other Products Made and Marketed near the Tri-Cities
- Barhyte Specialty Foods - mustards, marinades, wing sauces, and other gourmet condiments - Pendleton
- Blue Barn Farm - farmstead goat cheese - Zillah
- Bywater Farm - lavender and lavender products - Prosser
- Caruso's Honey Products - honey, bath & beauty, desserts - Pomeroy
- Chukar Cherries - various products made from cherries - Prosser
- Davis Orchards - apple gift boxes - Milton-Freewater
- Hops Direct, LLC - hop pellets, hop soaps and pickled hop shoots - Mabton
- Killian Korn - products made from specially cultivated popcorn - Othello
- Lovejoy Farms - fresh & dried flowers, grains, herbs, grasses - Eltopia
- McBros Fruit Co. - apple gift boxes - Yakima
- Monteillet Fromagerie - fresh goat and sheep cheeses - Dayton
- Moxie Organix - natural vegan & organic skin care - Walla Walla
- Onion World - Walla Walla Sweet Onion Sausage - Walla Walla
- Purple Ridge Lavender Farms - lotions, oil, sachets, lavender-scented goats' milk soap - Hermiston
- Rill's Specialty Foods - soups and corn bread - Thorp
- Sheffield Cider - sparkling apple cider - Mesa
- Schmiggitty Sauces - Garlic, Original, and Schmigg Hot - Moses Lake
- Silverbow Honey - honey products - Moses Lake
- Starving Farmer Popcorn Co. - Japanese white hulless popcorn - Quency
- Tart is Smart - 100% pure cherry juice concentrates - Othello
- Taste-A-Treat - various products made from tart cherries and other fruit - Basin City
- 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 on Tuesdays from noon – 6 p.m.,and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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, located 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.
Washington Grown is a statewide education project paid for by Washington Farmers & Ranchers. 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.