Plan to get up early on Saturdays this summer. Otherwise the early birds will snatch up the first fresh greens, asparagus, radishes and herbs of the season at the farmers markets.
Even if vendors sell much of their produce you’ll still find vendors selling soaps and lotions, crafts, bedding plants, honey and jams at various markets.
Here’s the lineup of markets and opening dates:
The Pasco Farmers Market -- May 3 to Oct. 25.
Hours are 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue. For more information or to sign up, call market manager Mike Somerville, 531-7274. Or the Downtown Pasco Development Authority, 546-1304. The market website is www.pascofarmersmarket.org and it’s on Facebook.
Prosser Farmers Market -- May 3 through October.
Hours are 8 a.m. to noon. The market is in the Prosser City Park, Seventh Street & Sommers Avenue. For more information or to sign up, call market manager Linda Hall, 509-786-9174. Or go to prosserfarmersmarket.com or Facebook.
The Market at the Parkway -- June 6 to Oct. 31.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at intersection of The Parkway and Lee Boulevard, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact Alan Horner, 539-7431, or Tracy Horner, 539-7432, who are on the board of directors. The market website is marketattheparkway.com.
Southridge Farmers Market -- June 5 through October.
Hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursdays 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 send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The market is on Facebook.
Lucky Turtle Farmers Market -- June 4 to Aug. 27.
Hours are 4-7 p.m. each Wednesday. The market will be in the parking lot of the Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st. Ave. For more information or to sign up, call May Hays, 967-0521 or 948-3794.
The Downtown Farmers Market in Walla Walla — May 3 to Oct. 25.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 4th Avenue and Main Street. Also open 4-7:30 p.m. Thursdays from June 3 to Sept. 25 on First Avenue between Main and Alder streets. For more information, send an email to Cheryl Thyken, Downtown Farmers Market Program Manager, email@example.com. Or call the Walla Walla Foundation, 509-529-8755. Website: downtownwallawalla.com.
Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market — May 3 through October.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays 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, go to www.gowallawallafarmersmarket.com/. Or contact market manager, Beth-Aimee McGuire, 509-520-3647. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The market is on Facebook.
Moses Lake Farmers Market & Craft Bazaar -- May 3 to Oct. 25.
Hours are 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 email@example.com. The market is on Facebook. The market website is www.moseslakefarmersmarket.com.
Hermiston’s Saturday Farmers Market -- May 3 to Oct. 25, depending on the weather.
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in McKenzie Park, 320 S. First St., Hermiston. For more information, call the market manager, Doug Walker at 503-806-1291. The market is on Facebook.
Yakima Farmers Market -- May 11 to Oct. 26.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on South Third Street in front of the Capitol Theater in downtown Yakima. For more information, contact the market manager Don Eastridge via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 509-457-5765. The market’s website is www.yakimafarmersmarket.org The market also is on Facebook.
The Ephrata Farmers Market -- June 7 to Oct. 25.
Hours are 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays on C Street between Division Street and 1st Avenue Northwest, Ephrata. For more information, or to sign up, call the market manager, Benita Matheson, 360-296-4821, or send an email to email@example.com. The market’s website is www.ephratafarmersmarket.org. The market is on Facebook.