Find Summer Flavor at the Farmer’s Market

Published: August 2, 2023

Find Summer Flavor at the Farmer’s Market

One of the many benefits of living in Yakima, the “Palm Springs of Washington,” is the availability of delicious, locally grown produce from our farmer neighbors. Many of these farms offer produce all year long, but you can’t beat the delicious fruits and vegetables that harvested at the end of summer. This time of year, we encourage you to step out of the supermarket produce aisle and into one of the valley’s many farmers markets!

Shopping at the farmer’s market offers several benefits:

So fresh. Farmer’s markets are known for offering fresh, locally grown produce. The fruits and vegetables are often harvested just before being sold, ensuring maximum freshness and flavor.

So local. By shopping at the farmer’s market, you support local farmers and the local economy. It allows small-scale farmers to sell their products directly to consumers, cutting out the middleman and ensuring they receive fair prices for their produce.

So much variety. Farmer’s markets offer a wide range of seasonal produce. You can find fruits and vegetables that are at their peak ripeness and flavor, as they are harvested at the right time. This variety encourages a diverse and nutritious diet.

So friendly. Farmer’s markets often have a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. It provides an opportunity to interact with local farmers, artisans, and other members of the community, fostering a sense of connection and building relationships.

In late August, several types of delicious fruits and vegetables are typically at peak production:

  • Apples: Washington is the country’s largest producer of apples, and that’s largely thanks to the Yakima valley. Late August marks the beginning of apple season. You can find a variety of apple types like Cosmic Crisp, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, and more.
  • Pears: Similarly, pears are also in season during late August. Look out for varieties such as Bartlett, Anjou, and Bosc.
  • Peaches: Late summer is the prime time for juicy peaches in Yakima. You’ll find a variety of peach varieties, including freestone and clingstone types.
  • Sweet corn: August is a great time for fresh sweet corn. Grill it with the husks on for the perfect addition to your summer barbeque.
  • Tomatoes: Late August brings an abundance of vine-ripened tomatoes, including cherry tomatoes, heirlooms, and slicing tomatoes that make all your sandwiches or burgers pop with the flavors of summer freshness.
  • Melons: Watermelons and cantaloupes are typically at their sweetest and most flavorful during late August.
  • Zucchini and summer squash: These summer favorites are in full swing during this time, offering versatile options for cooking and grilling.

Make a plan to visit one of the many farmers markets in our area, especially the newly relocated Downtown Yakima Farmer’s market. Or check out this map for more options where you can pick your own fruit, have seasonal fruit delivered, or enjoy fun activities on a farm.