Yakima Farmers Markets Open This Weekend; Yup, Markets — Plural
And then there were two. This weekend the farmers market season begins once again in downtown Yakima. Only this year, there's a new sheriff in fruit & veggie town. After 19 seasons, the contract to operate the market was awarded to the Downtown Association of Yakima (DAY), which will put its own stamp on the look and operation of the market. But that doesn't mean the old market is gone. Its just gone farther south.
Yakima Farmers Market manager Don Eastridge was on KIT's morning radio show Tuesday to say that the market as he knows it is alive and well and will operate out of the southwest corner of the Valley Mall in Union Gap.
Eastridge says most of his vendors will still be represented, with booths featuring food, produce, crafts, artisans and more from around Washington and Oregon each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- the same hours the DAY market will be open. He noted some vendors will have a presence at both markets.
This Mother's Day, Eastridge says the "original" market will feature prize drawings and special breakfasts for area moms from 8:30 till 10. And word is there could be an Elvis Presley sighting or two from noon to 2.
What will the new market in the old location look like or be like? For answers to that, tune into the KIT Morning News at 8:40 this Friday morning when we get the lowdown on the new DAY dawning for Yakima's downtown market.