Head to a local farmers market and join in the statewide celebration of the seasonal markets that allow Tri-Citians to buy produce directly from area farmers.
Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed this Sunday to next Saturday Farmers Market Week to recognize strong consumer demand and farmer support for about 150 farmers markets in the state.
Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association, are encouraging Tri-Citians and other Washington residents to celebrate the markets next week.
"Agriculture is a primary cornerstone of our economy and farmers markets support local and regional food systems that sustain many family farms, strengthen communities and bring consumers and farmers together," Department of Agriculture Director Bud Hover said in a statement.
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Statewide, farmers markets belonging to the state association reported $40.3 million in sales last year, up about 2 percent from 2011. That amount does not include sales from farmers markets that do not belong to the association.
Mid-Columbia farmers markets include:
-- Southridge Farmers Market: 4-8 p.m. Thursdays at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex, south parking lot, corner of Highway 395 and Hildebrand Boulevard, Kennewick. Information: www.southridgefarmersmarket.com.
-- The Market at the Parkway, Richland's farmers market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way, Richland. Information: http://marketattheparkway.com.
-- Pasco Farmers Market: 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. Information: www.pascofarmersmarket.org.
-- Prosser Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Prosser City Park at Seventh Street and Sommers Avenue. Information: www.prosserfarmersmarket.com.
-- Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 363 Orchard St. at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. Information: www.gowallawallafarmersmarket.com.
-- Downtown Farmers Market in Walla Walla: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Octobr at Fourth Avenue and Main Street. Information: Walla Walla Foundation at 509-529-8755.
-- Milton-Freewater Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays in Orchard Park, 1221 S. Main St. Information: www.mffarmersmarket.com.
-- Hermiston's Saturday Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Conference Center parking lot, 415 S. Highway 395 next to Tom Denchel Ford Country. Information: Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, 541-314-3751.
-- Benton City Community Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays in the city park at Dale Avenue.
-- Moses Lake Farmers Market & Craft Bazaar: 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. Information: www.moseslakefarmersmarket.com.
-- Ephrata Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays on C Street between Division Street and 1st Avenue Northwest. Information: www.ephratafarmersmarket.org.
-- Yakima Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays on South Third Street in front of the Capitol Theater in downtown Yakima. Information: www.yakimafarmersmarket.org.
-- Pendleton Farmers Market: 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays in the 300 block of Main Street between Emigrant Road and Dorion Avenue. Information: www.pendletonfarmersmarket.net.