About Farmers' Markets and Local Food & Farm Producers
Information about farmers' markets, fresh fruit & produce stands, local food and farm producers including u-pick berries and fruit, and specialty food & beverage products packaged locally is provided for the Tri-Cities Washington metropolitan area and other nearby communities including Yakima, Moses Lake, Walla Walla and Pendleton (see List of Communities & Area Map).
Weekly Events, Attractions & Things To Do
Visit the author's blog, Events, Attractions & Things to Do in Tri-Cities Washington, for a weekly list of things to do and more in the Tri-Cities area.
Corn Mazes - Pumpkin Patches - Fall Festivals - Haunted Houses
Here is a list of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, fall carnivals, and haunted houses to check out around the Tri-Cities region during the month of October. Also, Trunk or Treat activities will be posted at a later date.
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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.
Hermiston: Hermiston Farmers' Market opens May 3 and runs through October 25. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The market is in McKenzie Park at 320 S. First St. Country.
Kennewick: Southridge Farmers' Market opens June 5 and runs through October. Hours are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex, south parking lot, corner of Highway 395 and Hildebrand Boulevard in Kennewick.
Milton-Freewater: Milton-Freewater Farmers' Market opens June 4 and runs through September 24. 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 3 and runs through October 25. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 1 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 3 and runs through October 25. It's open two days, 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue.
Pendleton: Pendleton Farmers' Market (vendor list) opens May 2 and runs through mid-October in the 300 block of Main Street between Emigrant Road and Dorion Avenue. Hours are from 4 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each Friday.
Prosser: Prosser Farmers' Market (vendor list) opens May 3 and runs through October. Hours are from 8 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 22 and runs through August 24. Hours are from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sundays at Queensgate Village, 1970 Keen Road.
Richland: The market at Barnard Griffin Winery opens May 21 and runs through October. Hours are from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at 878 Tulip Lane.
Richland: Market at The Parkway opens June 6 and runs through October 31. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way.
Richland: PNNL's Farmers' Market opens June 2 and runs through September. Hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays. It is located at the Battelle Picnic Grounds at Einstein Ave. and 6th St. (off George Washington Way and Battelle Blvd.) in Richland.
Sunnyside: The Sunnyside Farmers' Market opens May 17 and runs through October 4. Hours are from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays at Central Park on South Fifth Street near the entrance to the park.
Walla Walla: Downtown Walla Walla Farmers' Market opens May 3 and runs through October. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Fourth Avenue and Main Street. Also open from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays from June 5 through September 25 on First Avenue between Main and Alder streets.
Walla Walla: Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market opens May 3 and runs through October. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at 363 Orchard St. at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.
West Richland: The Lucky Turtle Farmers' Market opens June 4 and runs through October. Hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st in West Richland.
Yakima: Yakima Farmers' Market opens May 11 and runs until October 26. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays at South Third Street in front of the Capitol Theater in downtown Yakima.
Food Co-Operative 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 (aka Northwest Regional Food 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.
Walla Walla - Daily Market Cooperative
The Daily Market Cooperative is a food co-op located in Walla Walla that carries local meat, bread, and produce plus organic groceries ranging from juice and coffee to soups, pasta, and baking ingredients.
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.
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:
- Cool Slice Garden Fresh Produce - Road 48 and W. Court Street, Pasco WA - map
- Country Mercantile - 232 Crest Loch Rd, Pasco WA - Phone number: (509) 545-2192 - map
- Fresh Picks - 8378 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA - features fresh fruits, cider and jams from Rowley & Hawkins Fruit Farms.
- Harris Produce - 11416 W. Court St, Pasco, WA - Phone numbers: (509) 948-8654, (509) 380-7522 - map
- Linnie's Garden - corner of Road 94 and W. Court Street, Pasco WA - features tomatoes and more.
- Sunny Hill Market - 9501 W. Clearwater, Kennewick WA - Phone number: (509) 987-7130 - features locally grown and freshly picked produce
- T R Produce - 1808 Lee Blvd, Richland, WA - Phone number: (509) 946-8037 - map
Also, check out the Fruit and Vegetables section of the Tri-City Herald.
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.
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.
- Cold Creek Berries - blackberries and raspberries - Kennewick
- Farmers Fresh Potatoes - red, yellow & purple potatoes - Pasco
- Happy L'il Homestead - goats, hogs, free range chickens and eggs - Kennewick
- 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
Tour Grant County has started a directory of food producers and markets in Grant County.
Hermiston, Ione, Milton-Freewater, 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
The following are guides to local food producers for this region:
- 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.
Yakima, Grandview, Granger, Prosser, Sunnyside, Wapato
- Baron Farms - grass-fed beef, pastured pork, grazed eggs - Wapato
- Buggirl's Garden - flowers, plants, produce - Prosser
- EW Brandt & Sons - apples, pears, fruit stand - Wapato
- Holy Cow - Moses Farm - grass fed beef - Wapato
- Johnson Orchards - apples, pears, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries, plums, and pluots - Yakima
- Jones Farms - vegetables, melons, tree fruit, fruit stands - Granger
- Natures Farm and Nursery - fresh cut herbs, vegetables and fruits, winter squash and pumpkins - Prosser
- Pride and Joy Dairy - organic dairy products - Granger
- Valicoff Farms - cherries, peaches, pears, nectarines, apricots - Wapato
- 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
- Gypsy Sally's Produce Palace - produce, community supported agriculture - Walla Walla
- Klicker's Strawberries - fresh and frozen strawberries - Walla Walla
- Stones Throw Farm - a variety of produce - Walla Walla
- West End Farm - produce, herbs, and flowers - Walla Walla
View the Walla Walla Farm Map 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:
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.
Gypsy Sally's Produce Palace - Walla Walla
Gypsy Sally's Produce Palace is a 3-acre farm specializing in open pollinated and heirloom vegetable, flowers, and herbs. All produce is sold locally, at the Walla Walla Farmer's Market, to restaurants, and through a CSA subscription service.
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 - Eltopia
Schreiber & Sons Community Supported Agriculture 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 Tri-Cities Farmers Markets as their drop sites. You now use their web store as a means to order your produce. They are certified organic, 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.
Eat Wild & LocalHarvest
The following are additional resources that list local food and farm markets.
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
- Drake's Meat Rubs - meat seasoning rubs - West Richland
- King Bee Honey - raw honey - Pasco
- Knutzen's Meats - Knutzen's Whiskey Hollow sauces - 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
- Blue Barn Farm - farmstead goat cheese - Zillah
- Booth Brine Company - pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi - Walla Walla
- 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
- Gypsy Girl Granola - granola blends - Dayton
- Hops Direct, LLC - hop pellets, hop soaps and pickled hop shoots - Mabton
- Killian Korn - products made from specially cultivated popcorn - Othello
- Middleton Organic Specialty Foods - apple butter, sauces & preserves - Eltopia
- 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
- Sharon's Sweet Treats - gourmet pickles, chili mixes, jams, jellies, relishes - Hermiston
- 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 map (PDF) which shows the "Market Value of Crops and Livestock and Number of Farms by County from 2007 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 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 in Dayton is being advertised as the world's very first destination eco-food processing park dedicated to the recruitment and marketing of artisan food processors, primarily in the natural and organic sectors. The park will blend sustainable, locally-produced agriculture with artisan food processing and food tourism in a setting in keeping with the environmental and architectural integrity of Dayton.
Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington
The Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington provides a variety of resources related to Washington Agriculture and the Economy, including Marketing and Economic Development.
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 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.