Be sure to get up with the roosters on May 7. That’s when the first two farmer’s markets in the Mid-Columbia — Pasco’s and Prosser’s — open. Sleep in and you’ll miss the first succulent greens, radishes and other early produce of the season.
“That first day we’ll have all the early greens and radishes, Petersons Honey, Rudy’s Pepper Blends, eggs, fruits from Gilmore Farms and beef from Pat-n-Tam’s out of Stanfield,” said Mike Somerville, manager for the Pasco Farmers Market.
Other vendors includes Beth Ruhland of Richland, owner of The Soap Company, Tina’s Tasty Treats, all gluten-free, and Phil & Sally’s Bakery.
Linda Hall, manager of the Prosser Farmers Market, expects to see similar produce and products on its opening day.
“Plus we’ll have a lot of lush veggie and flower starts from Buggirl’s Garden, wines from Daven Lore and, in a few weeks, peonies from Hoefer Farms,” Hall said, adding that a new soap maker has signed up for the coming season.
The Prosser market also sells hand-woven elephant grass Bolga baskets imported from Ghana and cheeses from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Pike Place in Seattle and Golden Glen Creamery in Bow.