Tri-Citians going through farmers market withdrawal during the winter can get their fix Saturday at the Pasco Farmers Market.
The new season kicks off at 8 a.m. and coincides with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
Tri-City shoppers can expect to find asparagus, farm fresh eggs, honey, lettuce, spinach, apple juice, apples, cut flowers, rhubarb, radishes, kale and more as the market starts up, said Mike Somerville, manager of the downtown market.
And some of the food trucks that have been participating in Food Truck Friday also plan to be at the market on Saturday.
“It should be a nice opening day,” Somerville said.
The eggs you’ll find there from FeatherRidge Farms of Mesa aren’t just farm fresh. They are green, blue and brown. The color doesn’t affect taste, but it does add some fun, said Rawline Mann, who started the farm with her husband Richard.
The colors are the result of Mann’s flock of various breeds of 150 hens. Cinnamon Queens lay brown eggs, while Easter Eggers lay blue and green eggs, and eggs from Copper Marans are chocolate colored.
FeatherRidge Farms eggs are laid the same week as the farmers market, Mann said.
“They just taste better,” she said. “I don’t know how to explain it.”
Eggs are $5 a dozen and are good for at least six weeks, but must be refrigerated.
Mann also will continue to sell heirloom tomatoes this year, once they are in season. She added eggs and mushrooms last year, and this year also will have heirloom tomato seedlings to sell.
Heirloom tomatoes are softer and juicer than the store-bought versions and each variety has a different taste, Mann said.
Mann is at the Pasco Farmers Market on Saturdays and will be at the Market in the Parkway in Richland on Fridays, once it starts up later this summer.
There are a few small changes to the Pasco market this year. Wednesday markets won’t start until the first Wednesday in June, since there isn’t as much produce available in May, Somerville said.
And the market hours will return to 8 a.m. to noon. Somerville said they tried extending the market to 1 p.m. during the last couple years, but the market didn’t see many customers after noon. So it’s back to the old operating times.
The farmers market is at the corner of South Fourth Avenue and West Columbia Street in downtown Pasco.
For more information on the Pasco Farmers Market, go to http://downtownpasco.com/.
Walla Walla farmers markets open this week
Also opening Saturday are both Walla Walla farmers markets.
• The Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, at 363 Orchard St. The market season is May 2 through Sept. 19.
The family friendly market features easy access and plenty of parking. Musicians play during the market throughout the season. Vendors tend to offer local seasonal produce, fresh baked goods and pastries and a variety of artistic products and services. For more information and a calendar of events, go to www.gowallawallafarmersmarket.com. Interested vendors can contact email@example.com.
• The Downtown Farmers Market in Walla Walla starts 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crawford Park at Fourth and Main streets. In addition to vendors, it features kid activities and music. That market runs through Oct. 31. And the downtown Twilight Market is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 7 at Heritage Park on Main Street. It runs through Oct. 29 and also features music.
Vendors at both markets offer farm fresh produce, nursery stock, flowers, soap, jewelry, art, metal creations, coffee and teas, treats and baked goods and wine and beer sampling. For more information, call 509-240-2898 or go to farmersmarket.downtownwallawalla.com.
Other Tri-City area farmers markets open later
• The Southridge Farmers Market in Kennewick opens June 4. The market is open 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through September in the south parking lot of the Southridge Sports and Event Complex on Hildebrand Avenue off Highway 395. Vendors offer a variety of fresh produce and other goods. For more information, go towww.themarketatsouthridge.blogspot.com/
or find the market onFacebook
• The Market at the Parkway in Richland opens June 5. The market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 30 at at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way in Richland. Vendors offer a variety of produce, fruits, nuts, berries, flowers, plants, beef, lamb, specialty foods, wine and crafts. Live music is featured most Fridays 10 a.m. and noon. For more information go tomarketattheparkway.com/
• The 3 Eyed Fish Farmers Market in Richland starts June 14 and runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at Queensgate Village, 1970 Keene Road. Vendors typically offer fresh, local fruits and veggies, honey, breads, baked goods, sweets, kettle corn, dog treats, handmade crafts and art, flavored oils and vinegars, fresh salsa and salsa mixes, locally raised beef and more. For more information go towww.facebook.com/3eyedfishfarmersmarket
or call Robyn Barness at509-551-4833