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8 Central Washington Markets to Visit this Summer

Central Washington is known for its agricultural community and tasteful produce harvested each year. Farmers markets and fruit stands allow us to experience locally cultivated vegetables and fruits while providing a mixture of crafts, food, and entertainment. Farmers markets and fruit stands also provide the opportunity to support our local farmers with more of our dollar, which eliminates the need for middlemen. Here are some of the best Central Washington farmers markets in the area.

Photo via Suncadia Resort

SUNCADIA SUMMER MARKET

Visit Nelson Farm at Suncadia Resort this summer for a Sunday Market featuring crafters, makers, and farmers! The market begins June 6, 2021 and will be held every Sunday through September 12, 2021. Hosted by the Roslyn Downtown Association and Suncadia Resort, this market is sure to boast the regional artisans you know and love!

Location:
Nelson Farm at Suncadia Resort
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA

CLE ELUM PUBLIC MARKET

The summer of 2021 marks the first annual Cle Elum Public Market, held by the Cle Elum Downtown Association! Browse crafts, jewelry, prepared food, food trucks, and more in the heart of Cle Elum. For its first year, the market will be held on First Street and Harris Avenue from 10AM-2PM on June 5, July, 10, August 7, and September 4. Make plans to attend, then continue to explore Cle Elum’s local shops and restaurants for more fresh finds!

Location:
1st St & Harris Ave
Cle Elum, WA

Photo by Lia Simcox

BIG APPLE COUNTRY & GIFT

Established in 1974, Big Apple Country & Gift grows its own fruit, delivered fresh from the tree, directly to you! Premium apples, pears, and cherries are grown at their orchard located on the southern slope of the Kittitas Valley, where sun and abundant water provide excellent growing conditions. You can also find unique gifts, ice cream, and more at this roadside stop!

Location:
1711 Canyon Road
Ellensburg, WA

ELLENSBURG FARMERS MARKET

Established in 1974, Big Apple Country & Gift grows its own fruit, delivered fresh from the tree, directly to you! Premium apples, pears, and cherries are grown at their orchard located on the southern slope of the Kittitas Valley, where sun and abundant water provide excellent growing conditions. You can also find unique gifts, ice cream, and more at this roadside stop!

Location:
4th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA

GIBSON PRODUCE

Open April through October, this family-owned and operated business offers the surrounding communities and their guests the best quality produce as well as specialty items like wine, jam, barbeque sauce, honey, soap, and more. The stand opens as soon as the first local cutting of asparagus comes off, which is usually late April to early May, depending on the weather. During the early spring months, local produce is hard to come by, so out-of-state produce is supplied until local options become available. Be sure to come here during your next Central Washington summer getaway to enjoy fresh finds!

Location:
700 S. Main Street
Kittitas, WA

Photo by Lia Simcox

RED SKY ORCHARDS

This Cle Elum produce stand carries fresh fruit from Yakima Valley growers. Owner Randy personally inspects and delivers all of the produce to the fruit stand to ensure you are receiving the highest quality fruit from some of the best farms in the state. The rest of the staff is just as friendly and knowledgeable, and will help you select the best cherries, peaches, apples, and other options available.

Location:
5231 Thorp Prairie Road
Cle Elum, WA

Photo courtesy of Secret Valley Produce

SECRET VALLEY PRODUCE

A multi-generational family-owned farm, Secret Valley Produce is committed to bringing natural, fresh produce and meat to our area. They strive to provide a nurturing, loving, and sustainable farmstead for their children, community, animals, and plants, and it shows! They specialize in vegetables and flowers, but also offer homemade products like honey, jam, and more!

Location:
471 Secret Valley Road
Cle Elum, WA

Photo by Lia Simcox

THORP FRUIT & ANTIQUE MALL

Thorp is well-known among travelers frequently driving through Washington for the Thorp Fruit & Antique Mall, which is visible from I-90. Here you will find fresh produce, specialty foods, wine, antiques, and more year-round. Produce and fruit can be bought by the pound or box, and availability depends on weather conditions. Give them a call to see what’s fresh! Whether you’re visiting the area or just passing through, be sure to stop here along the way to peruse the large collection of quality antiques and grab some tasty snacks for the road.

Location:
220 Gladmar Road
Thorp, WA