Rejoice, lovers of fresh food and handcrafted goods: the season for farmers markets has returned to the Mid-Columbia, and Pasco is the first to welcome it back.
The Pasco Farmers Market opens May 7, going from 8 a.m. to noon at its pavilion at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street downtown.
The opening is part of the city’s annual Cinco de Mayo events.
Mike Somerville, market manager for the Downtown Pasco Development Authority, said many past vendors will be returning, and live entertainment is planned, though details are still being confirmed.
It is still early in the growing season, Somerville said, so vendors will be limited in what they can offer. But farm fresh eggs, tomato plants, mushrooms, baked goods, radishes, lettuce, storage apples and honey are expected to be available.
The market is open Saturdays for the month of May, expanding to Wednesdays beginning in June.
The other Tri-City markets won’t start for about a month. Kennewick’s farmers market, returning to its downtown location after a few years out in Southridge, opens June 2, a Thursday, and goes from 4 to 8 p.m.
Richland’s Market at The Parkway will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting June 3.