Fresh produce, tasty treats available in coming weeks at farmers markets

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.

Sadly, there won’t be a farmers market at the Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick this year. But the good news is the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership has bought the rights to the Southridge market and will be running the market at the Flag Plaza at Benton Street and Kennewick Avenue on Thursdays.

Here is a list of the Tri-Cities area markets and contact information:

  • Pasco Farmers Market: May 7 and runs through Oct. 29 at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue. The market will be open 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday. In June the market will also be open 8 a.m. to noon each Wednesday through September.For more information or to sign up, contact Mike Somerville at 509-531-7274 or at threefinger@frontier.com. Entertainers can sign up at mshea@downtownpasco.com. The website is downtownpasco.com and the market is also on Facebook.
  • Prosser Farmers Market: Opens May 7; 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through November. It’s held at the Prosser City Park at Seventh Street and Sommers Avenue.For more information, or to sign up, call Linda Hall at 509-786-9174. The website is prosserfarmersmarket.com or find them on Facebook.
  • The Market at the Parkway in Richland: June 3-Oct. 28. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way. There will be musical entertainment from 10 a.m. to noon most Fridays.Market manager is Kathy Hanson, 509-539-7229, or send an email to herbsetal@pocketinet.com. The website is marketattheparkway.com.
  • 3 Eyed Fish Farmers Market: Opens June 5 and runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through September at 1970 Keene Road, Richland. For more information, call 509- 528-4592 or find them on Facebook.
  •  Historic Downtown Kennewick Farmers Market: Opens June 2 at the Flag Plaza at the corner of Benton Street and Kennewick Avenue. Hours are 4-8 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 13. For more information, or to sign up, call Felica Dawren, 509-582-7221. The website is historickennewick.org and you can find them on Facebook.
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