Mid-Columbia farmers markets opening Saturday

Tri-City HeraldMay 2, 2013 

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Farmers markets around the Mid-Columbia prepare to open.

TRI-CITY HERALD FILE

Don’t sleep in Saturday. If you do you’ll miss the first fresh greens, radishes and other early produce at the five farmers markets opening for the season.

Pasco is the first to open in the Tri-Cities with a flourish of Cinco de Mayo festivities and other entertainment. But May 4 is opening day for the Prosser, Moses Lake and two Walla Walla markets too.

The Mid-Columbia strawberry season begins generally around mid-May. But a Hermiston vendor said he’ll have strawberries at the market May 4.

The Pasco market is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and Market Manager Mike Somerville said several special events are in the works.

He’ll soon be announcing the date for a Strawberry Festival at one of the Saturday markets. He’s contacting the market’s strawberry vendors and asking for flats of strawberries to use for shortcakes. Viera’s Bakery in Pasco has already agreed to bake the cakes.

“The shortcakes will be given away, 500 of them, free,” he said.

Somerville said in the ten years he’s been market manager, and the years before when he first began selling Peterson’s Honey, this is the first time strawberries have been available on opening day.

“They won’t last long,” he said.

Over the years Somerville said the variety of vendors at the Pasco market has broadened to include fresh meats, cheeses and eggs. The bakers too are jazzing up their offerings beyond bread loaves and cinnamon rolls and plan to have tortes — rich multi-level cakes — and other tasty desserts.

Two new vendors at Pasco are Blue Barn Farm out of Zillah with goat milk-based soaps and lotions and Tea Gallery from West Richland with loose, fruit and floral infused teas.

Prosser Market Manager Linda Hall said besides early-season produce, shoppers will find bedding and herb plants, cheeses, fresh chicken, eggs and arts and crafts. Many markets also have vendors offering hot, ready-to-eat foods.

At Prosser, Young Life will be selling pancake breakfasts and bakers will have an array of pastries to go with your morning espresso.

Hot foods in Pasco are more substantial. Choose from panini sandwiches, Uncle Brother’s fried catfish fingers and hushpuppies or pulled pork, Philly cheese steak and chicken po’boy sandwiches at Butcher’s Grill.

Whatever you’re shopping for, Hall urges everyone “to get out, enjoy the fresh air, see people you maybe haven’t seen all winter and support the local economy.” The opening schedule for the markets is:

Pasco

The Pasco Farmers Market opens May 4 and runs through Oct. 26. 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.

For more information, call Somerville at 531-7274. Or the Downtown Pasco Development Authority at 545-0738.

Online: www.pascofarmersmarket.org. The market also is on Facebook.

Prosser

The Prosser Farmers Market opens May 4 and runs through October. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon. The market is in the Prosser City Park at Seventh Street and Sommers Avenue.

For more information, or to sign up, call Hall at 509-786-9174.

Online: www.prosserfarmersmarket.com. The market also is on Facebook.

Walla Walla

-- Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market opens May 4 and runs through October. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 363 Orchard St. at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. The market will be suspended during the Balloon Stampede and the fair.

For more information contact Market Manager Beth-Aimee McGuire at 509-520-3647 or info@gowallawallafarmersmarket.com.

Online: www.gowallawallafarmersmarket.com.

-- The Downtown Farmers Market in Walla Walla opens May 4. It runs through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Fourth Avenue and Main Street.

For more information, email Cheryl Thyken, Downtown Farmers Market Program Manager, at cheryl@downtownwallawalla.com. Or call the Walla Walla Foundation at 509-529-8755.

Moses Lake

Moses Lake Farmers Market & Craft Bazaar opens May 4 and runs through Oct. 26. It will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays on the Dogwood Street side of McCosh Park at Fourth and Dogwood streets by the Moses Lake Aquatic Center.

For more information, or to sign up, call the market manager, 509-750-7831. Or send an email to mlfarmersmarket@yahoo.com.

Online: www.moseslakefarmersmarket.com. The market is on Facebook.

Hermiston

Hermiston’s Saturday Farmers Market runs 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 1 through October, depending on the weather. The market is in the Conference Center parking lot, 415 S. Highway 395 next to Tom Denchel Ford Country.

For more information, call the market manager, Doug Walker at 503-806-1291 or the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, 541-314-3751. The market is on Facebook.

Kennewick

Southridge Farmers Market will run 4-8 p.m., Thursdays, from June 6 through October at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex, south parking lot, corner of Highway 395 and Hildebrand Boulevard, Kennewick.

For more information, call market manager Chera Antos, 572-5908 or go to www.southridgefarmersmarket.com. Or send an email to: southridgefarmersmarket@gmail.com or happylilhomestead@gmail.com. The market is on Facebook.

Richland

The Market at the Parkway, Richland’s farmers market, will run from June 7 through Oct. 25. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way, Richland.

There will be musical entertainment from 10 a.m. to noon, most Fridays.

For more information, or to sign up for the market, call market manager Kathy Hanson, 509-539-7229. Or send an email to herbsetal@pocketinet.com. Or call market coordinators, John and Tara Erben, 967-2587.

The market website is http://marketattheparkway.com.

Benton City

The Benton City Community Market will open June 8 and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It’s in the city park at Dale Avenue.

For more information, call 947-0006.

Pendleton

The Pendleton Farmers’ Market opened on May 3 and runs through mid-October in the 300 block of Main Street between Emigrant Road and Dorion Avenue. Hours are 4-7:30 p.m. each Friday.

For more information, call market manager Cheryl Montgomery, 541-969-9466 or email pendletonfarmersmarket@gmail.com. The market’s website is www.pendletonfarmersmarket.net. The market is on Facebook.

Yakima

Yakima Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 12 to Oct. 27, on South Third Street in front of the Capitol Theater in downtown Yakima.

For more information, contact the market manager Don Eastridge via email, manager@yakimafarmersmarket.org, or phone 509-457-5765. The market’s website is www.yakimafarmersmarket.org/. The market is on Facebook.

Moses Lake

Moses Lake Farmers Market & Craft Bazaar opens May 4 and runs through Oct. 26. It will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays on the Dogwood Street side of McCosh Park at Fourth and Dogwood streets by the Moses Lake Aquatic Center.

For more information, or to sign up, call the market manager, 509-750-7831. Or send an email to mlfarmersmarket@yahoo.com.

The market is on Facebook. The market website is www.moseslakefarmersmarket.com.

Ephrata

The Ephrata Farmers Market runs from June 1 through Oct. 26. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday on C Street between Division Street and 1st Avenue Northwest, Ephrata.

For more information, or to sign up, call 509-771-0383, or send an email to ephratafarmersmarket@gmail.com. The market’s website is www.ephratafarmersmarket.org. The market is on Facebook.

Milton-Freewater

Milton-Freewater Farmers market will run from 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays from June 5 to September in Orchard Park, 1221 S. Main St.

For more information, go to www.mffarmersmarket.com or call the market manager, Tara Patten, 509-995-9025. The market is on Facebook.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com

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