The Pasco Farmers Market is open every Wednesday through the lunch hour starting this week to give downtown visitors and business owners more time to enjoy the bounty of fresh produce.
The market at Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street already has been open for a month from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
June ushers in the second market day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.
“We’re hoping that the additional hour during the week allows more of the downtown business community to enjoy the market during their lunch time,” said Pasco Farmers Market Manager Mike Somerville of the Wednesday extension.
Visitors to the Saturday market can order authentic street tacos for lunch from El Portale, a new Mexican restaurant in downtown Pasco. Shaved ice vendor Sno Shack also has returned for the season.
People can support the Pasco Farmers Market and Mid-Columbia farmers by becoming a “Friend of the Market.”
A $27 donation — $1 for each week the market is open — will get a T-shirt and eco-friendly reusable bag featuring the market logo and the new #eatlocal campaign.
Also, a fundraising event is planned Wednesday to support Pasco’s Food Truck Fridays, the farmers market and other downtown Pasco revitalization efforts to keep going.
Tux and Trucks will offer fare from 10 food trucks, as well as drinks and desserts, dancing and a live auction with at least one dining package.
Ten percent of the auction proceeds will go toward the Downtown Pasco Development Authority, which oversees the market and the Pasco Specialty Kitchen.
The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Pasco Farmers Market pavilion at Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door.
To buy tickets or for more information, go to downtownpasco.com or find the Pasco Farmers Market on Facebook.