Getting fresh

Area farmers markets put locally grown produce and much more within reach

Regional farmers markets got underway over the weekend, as Moscow’s longtime downtown event returned with its usual wide range of vendors.

Farmers markets help local growers, crafters, bakers, beekeepers and beyond connect with customers seeking fresh foods and handmade items every spring through fall at locations throughout the area.

Musical entertainment, kids’ activities and informational booths staffed by community organizations frequently round out the offerings.

Most vendors accept debit and credit cards, as well as cash, and many farmers markets accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other public benefit payments.

Among those open now or opening soon are:

Moscow Farmers Market
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May through October
WHERE: Downtown Moscow
MORE INFORMATION: Founded in 1976 as a small, grassroots gathering, the Moscow Farmers Market boasts a robust collection of vendors and entertainment.

Lewiston Farmers Market
WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June through September
WHERE: CHS Primeland, 1200 Snake River Ave.
MORE INFORMATION: In addition to fresh produce, baked goods and artisan creations, look for local raw honey and USDA-grade pork and beef.

Pullman Farmers Market
WHEN: 3:30-6:30 p.m. May 17 through Oct. 11
WHERE: Brelsford Washington State University Visitor Center, 150 E. Spring St. MORE INFORMATION: Fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and craft goods are complemented by live music and nutrition education each week.

Clarkston Farmers Market
WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Thursdays June through August and 4-7 p.m. in September
WHERE: Beachview Park, Chestnut and Second streets
MORE INFORMATION: Clarkston’s market celebrates its 20th year, with kids’ activities and entertainment planned along with produce, craft and food booths.

Latah Farmers Market — Troy
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays June 3 through Oct. 7
WHERE: Troy City Park, 100 Idaho Highway 8
MORE INFORMATION: This market, organized and managed by local producers, advertises that every product sold is grown or produced in Latah County. A free community cider pressing is set for the Oct. 7 market.

Latah Farmers Market — Potlatch
WHEN: 4-7 p.m. June 21 through Sept. 27
WHERE: WI&M Railway Depot, 181 Sixth St.
MORE INFORMATION: This version of the Latah County market offers the same family-friendly and pet-friendly environment and Americans with Disabilities Act access as the Troy market.

Orofino Farmers Market
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays June through September
WHERE: Orofino City Park, 101 Michigan Ave.
MORE INFORMATION: A meeting is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mani-Yac Center, 300 Dunlap Road, Orofino, to discuss the coming season, including how to become a vendor and how to get a cottage food permit for selling food items.

Pomeroy Summer Market
WHEN: 4-8 p.m. second and third Wednesdays June through August (September dates TBA).
WHERE: Pomeroy City Park, 212 Washington Route 128.
MORE INFORMATION: Planning is underway for this year’s market, set to start in June.