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:
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. This list will be updated as opening dates are announced for 2018.
Dayton: Blue Mountain Station Farmers' Market - May 26, 2018. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 700 Artisan Way.
Ephrata: Ephrata Farmers' Market - June 2, 2018 through October 20. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday on C Street between Division Street and 1st Avenue Northwest.
Hermiston: Maxwell Market - Thursdays from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. through September at the Maxwell Event Center.
Kennewick: Historic Kennewick Farmers Market - June 7, 2018 through October 17. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday in downtown Kennewick.
Milton-Freewater: Milton-Freewater Farmers' Market - June 6, 2018 through September 19. 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 5, 2018 through October 27. 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: Freshpicks Saturday Farmers' Market - May 26, 2018 through September. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd.
Pendleton: Pendleton Farmers' Market - May 4, 2018 through October. 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: The Richland Farmer's Market at The Parkway - June 1, 2018 through October 26. 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 - July 7, 2017 through August 9. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Centennial Square.
Walla Walla: Downtown Walla Walla Farmers' Market - May 5, 2018 through October 27. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Farmers Market Pavilion, 106 W Main St.
Yakima: Yakima Farmers' Market - May 13, 2018 through October 28. 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-Cities
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
- Harvest Moon Produce and Mercantile - 2723 Van Giesen St., Richland, WA (open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
- 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
- Sunny Hill Market - located at the south end of RD 68 in Pasco near Mac's Garden Center - Phone number: (509) 987-7130
- 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
- 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.
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 organic fruits and vegetables for purchase and delivery. Cost is based on the size of the box ordered. During the off season they work with Organically Grown Company out of Portland to source produce from small farms in California, as well as some in Mexico. They even offer local pastured eggs, meat, baked goods, and honey.
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.
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
- 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 - multiple 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
Products Made Outside the Tri-Cities
- Barhyte Specialty Foods - mustards, marinades, wing sauces, and other gourmet condiments - Pendleton
- Caruso's Honey Products - honey, bath & beauty, desserts - Pomeroy
- Chukar Cherries - various products made from cherries - Prosser
- Hops Direct, LLC - hop pellets, hop soaps and pickled hop shoots - Mabton
- Klicker's Strawberries - frozen strawberries - Walla Walla
- Lovejoy Farms - dried ornamental flowers - Eltopia 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
- Tillen Farms - pickled vegetables - Sunnyside
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.
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.
The mission of Rural Roots is to support and enhance sustainable agriculture and local food systems in the Inland NW and beyond. They offer several farm-related marketing resources.
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 - Food Systems Program
The New Washington State University Food Systems Program delivers multidisciplinary expertise across academic, research, and extension, providing specialized resources for farmers and food systems contributors.
Nutrition and Food Safety
WSU Extension of Benton and Franklin counties is committed to providing consumers with researched based food safety and nutrition information to encourage families to make food and physical activity choices that promote health and prevent disease.
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.