Support Local Family Farms!

Support Local Family Farms!

April 15, 2020

At the heart of it all, the Yakima Valley is farm country, home to more than 3,000 farms. Most are family farms, producing an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can still enjoy the farm-fresh flavors of the Valley while supporting our local family farm friends. Place an order to pick up curbside or even sign up to receive a weekly or bi-weekly fruit and vegetable baskets delivered. Some of our local farms are opening up for the Valley’s signature upick experiences. Help these families continue their legacy of providing farm-fresh fruit and vegetables for the Northwest.

Order delicious treats from Ahtanum Berry Farm. You can choose sweet rolls, cobblers, cookie trays, dinner rolls, pies and more. Order extra and freeze some for later. Call 509-731-4094 or message this family-friendly berry farm and bake shop in Yakima’s West Valley. Pick-up will be outside.

Bill’s Berry Farm has announced that asparagus season is upon us! Bill and Julie Michener own and operate the farm along with six of their nine children, specializing in “Farm Fresh Produce and Family Fun.” Throughout the growing season, from spring to fall visit for your own u-pick harvests. Right now, they’re harvesting asparagus for pick-up. For now, they’ll take orders via phone 509-882-3200 in the order they are received. They only cut a few boxes a week so they’ll call to set up a pick-up date. Their asparagus season normally runs through early June. You can also stock up on frozen blueberries or frozen blackberries.

Imperial’s Garden has been family owned and operated since 1985 in Wapato. The Imperials began their farming journey in the Philippines and came to the Valley with four of their children. They began working on relatives’ farms before starting their own farming business on 40 acres of land. Asparagus is the first crop of the season available by preorder for pick-up. Other seasonal crops will follow, such as corn, tomatoes, squash, peppers, pumpkins and much more.

Johnson Orchards has been farming in Yakima since 1904. They offer a delivery service right to your doorstep in Yakima and Selah, Mondays and Fridays, with a minimum purchase of $20 during the quarantine closure. If you live farther out, they may be able to arrange a meet up. There will be a $2 delivery fee for in-town orders and a $4.00 delivery fee for deliveries 5 or more miles away. Everything in stock is available to order, including honey, caramel, dried apricots, onions, candles, lavender products, fresh baked cookies (minimum order of 1 dozen), frozen pies (limited stock) and of course, apples and pears. They will also help you put together care packages to deliver to friends and loved ones! In addition to fruit, cookies, and other products you can now order wine or cider for delivery. If we don’t know you, please show your ID through the window at drop-off. Call Erin Johnson at 509-317-1935 to place your orders. Price list.

Scott and Esther McIlrath began McIlrath Family Farm in the Yakima Valley in 1976. With more than 300 acres in production, McIlrath Farms now grows more than 10 varieties of apples, pears and certified organic cherries, as well as peaches, pluots and strawberries. Their stand also features home and locally grown in-season vegetables, including asparagus tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, Walla Walla sweet onions, sweet corn, a variety of peppers, colorful hanging baskets and bedding plants! Sign up online for fruit and vegetable baskets in three sizes weekly or bi-weekly. On their website, view selections to fill your basket included bread, coffee, local cans or crowlers of beer from Single Hill and Varietal brewing, fruit, mixed greens, honey, potatoes, goat cheese and eggs, with more choices as the season progresses.

Washington Fruit Place & Gift Shop at Barrett Orchards are offering limited inside market shopping Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, limiting the number of people to 2 in a group inside the store. They take orders for curbside pick-up or shipping apples, cheese, local honey and jams, soups and more. Check out their market goods on their social channels and pick up at the market. Curbside pick-up is available and fruit trees have arrived and are ready to make their way to your homes. Online sales can be found at fruitplace.com. You can also Facebook message your order. For more info, email at FruitPlace@gmail.com or call 509-966-1275. Order form.

Categorized in: Farm Fresh Fun, Food and Dining, Fresh Produce