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).
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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.
Note: Farmers' markets have implemented changes in response to Covid-19 to keep both vendors and customers safe.
Hermiston: Maxwell Market - May 27, 2021 through October 7. Hours are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Maxwell Event Center.
Kennewick: Historic Kennewick Farmers Market - June 3, 2021 through October 21. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday in downtown Kennewick.
Moses Lake: Moses Lake Farmers Market & Craft Bazaar - May 1, 2021 through October 30. 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 - May 1, 2021 through October 31. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at S. 4th Ave. between W. Lewis St. and W. Columbia St.
Pendleton: Pendleton Farmers' Market - May 7, 2021 through October. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday on Main St.
Prosser: Prosser Farmers' Market - May 29, 2021 through October 2. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday in the Prosser City Park at Seventh Street and Sommers Avenue.
Richland: 3 Eyed Fish Farmers' Market - June 13, 2021 through September. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at their location at Queensgate Village, 1970 Keene Rd. in Richland.
Richland: The Richland Farmer's Market at The Parkway - June 1, 2021 through the last Friday in October. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way. Note: the market will not be held in July during boat race weekend.
Union Gap: Yakima Farmers' Market - May 9, 2021 through October. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Valley Mall in Union Gap near Sears parking lot.
Walla Walla: Downtown Walla Walla Farmers' Market - May 1, 2021 through October. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Crawford Park / Market Station at the corner of Main & Fourth Streets.
Yakima: Downtown Yakima Farmers' Market - May 23, 2021 - October 10. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Downtown Yakima Farmers' Market is located on South Third Street between Yakima Avenue and Chestnut Avenue, in front of the Capitol Theatre.
Fresh Fruit & Produce Stands in the Tri-Cities
Some of the fresh fruit and produce stands located in the Tri-Cities are listed below:
- Hatch Patch - 1730 Falls Road in Pasco
- J & L Fresh Market - 1345 Lee Blvd. in Richland
- Queensgate Gardens - 1040 Queensgate Drive in Richland
- Sunny Hill Market - located at the south end of Road 68 in Pasco near Mac's Garden Center
- Verónicas Fresh Produce - 528 W Clark St. in Pasco
- Villa's Espresso and Fresh Produce - 5025 Road 68 in Pasco (note: the fall pumpkin patch is located at 510 Orchard Rd. in Pasco where you can also purchase apples)
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
- Kennewick: Eastside Sustainable Farm - u-pick blueberries
- Lowden: Blue Mountain Lavender Farm - u-cut lavender, boutique products
- Milton-Freewater: Lampson Blueberries - u-pick blueberries
- Pasco: Hatch Patch - u-pick cherries, apples, pears, and pumpkins
- Prosser: Crimson Acres - u-pick USDA certified organic blueberries
- 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 in the Tri-Cities region.
- Columbia Quail LLC - quail eggs
- Dixie Del's Cut Flower Farm - fresh cut flowers, locally grown wedding flowers, and u-pick events
- Haven Flower Farm - fresh cut flowers and soap products
- Mid Columbia Gardens - tomato plants, pepper plants, etc.
- Two Sisters Honey - honey, soap, and beeswax
Hayshaker 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
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 GuideOregon 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.
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. Unfortunately, the number of CSA's that supply subscribers in the Tri-Cities region has declined.
Local Pumpkin Produce Box - Tri-Cities
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. 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 through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 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.
- Richland - Mid-Columbia Market at the HUB - Closed March 2017
- Yakima Food Co-op - Closed March 2017
- Walla Walla - Daily Market Cooperative - Closed August 2015
Specialty Food, Beverage & Other Products
Various specialty food, beverage, and other products are made and marketed in the Tri-Cities region.
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
- Badger Canyon Tea - loose leaf teas and accessories
- Country Mercantile - a variety of everything
- Drake's Meat Rubs - meat seasoning rubs
- Great Harvest Bread Co. - whole grain breads from freshly milled wheat
- Haven Flower Farm - fresh cut flowers and soap products
- Healaman Honey - honey stix products
- 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
- Two Sisters Honey - honey, soap, and beeswax
Products Made Outside the Tri-Cities
- Chukar Cherries - various products made from cherries - Prosser
- Conversatio Coffee Roasters - fresh roasted coffee beans - Othello
- Guerra's Produce - chili pepper seasonings and products - Sunnyside
- 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
- Suzie's Organics - mustards, marinades, wing sauces, and other gourmet condiments - Pendleton
Getting Farm Products to Market
View the Washington State Department of Agriculture Snapshot (PDF) which shows the number of small farms by county and the top 10 commodities grown.
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 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. Through this program several guides have been published that includes the guide on Running a Successful Farm Business.
Resources for Small Farms in Washington
Washington State small farm and direct marketing businesses can expand their knowledge and networks by taking advantage of the variety of classes, workshops, field days, and conferences held throughout the state. The WSDA has published a fact sheet (PDF) that includes information about:
- Key listservs, online newsletters, and blogs
- Business development resources
- Conferences and gatherings
- Ongoing farmer support
- Free farm listings for Washington State
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) - continued
Washington State Farmers Market Manual
The purpose of the Washington State Farmers Market Manual (PDF) is to encourage and assist communities, farmers, and citizen groups to create and successfully operate vibrant community farmers markets. This document is designed specifically for Washington State and includes references, regulations and links to local and state resources. The content is organized by the different stages of a market's development.
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.
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.
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.