Farmers’ Markets and Seasonal Summer Eats in Walla Walla

Whether you live in Southeastern Washington or are just visiting, Walla Walla is a great place to enjoy fresh summer food grown in local farms. Summer is peak farmers’ market season and the best time to stock up on fresh produce, fruits, and preserves for your favorite warm weather recipes. Hundreds of vendors set up booths at the two largest markets in Walla Walla selling fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and handcrafted items, as well as prepared foods and baked goods.

 

Downtown Farmers’ Market

Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm, Crawford Park, West Main Street at 4th Avenue

Thursday: 4 – 7 pm, Heritage Park, East Main Street between Spokane and Colville Streets

Open now through October 29, 2015

Organized by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, the Downtown Farmers’ Market operates in two locations, with day and evening hours. Spend a Saturday at Crawford Park or stroll through Heritage Park on Thursday evenings at the Twilight Market. Learn more about vendors and special events by visiting the market’s website.

 

Walla Walla Valley Farmers’ Market

Saturday: 9 am — 1 pm, Walla Walla County Fairgrounds at 363 Orchard Street

Open now through September 19, 2015

Walla Walla’s independent farmers’ market is located on the County Fairgrounds, which play host to family friendly events, carnivals, and concerts throughout the summer. Shop for fresh foods, artisanal crafts, and handmade jewelry, and stay after the market closes for fun in the sun on the fairgrounds. Find out more about events and promotions by connecting with Walla Walla Valley Farmers’ Market on Facebook.

 

Seasonal Summer Recipes

Nothing is more refreshing in the summer than a crisp, colorful recipe using ingredients freshly bought at a farmers’ market. Check out our favorite quick and easy summer recipes using seasonal ingredients that you can pick up by visiting your local farmers’ market.

 

Mexican Corn on the Grill

Peeled ears of corn

2 tablespoons melted butter

¼ cup asiago or cotija cheese, grated

1 teaspoon paprika

Salt

Lime (optional)

  • Over medium heat, char-grill corn for 10-12 minutes
  • Brush melted butter and sprinkle paprika, salt, and cheese
  • Spritz with lime for a tangy twist

 

Sweet n’ Spicy Salsa

2 cups watermelon, seedless and chopped

½ cup chopped cucumber, peeled

¼ cup finely chopped red onion

¼ cup chopped red bell pepper

½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced

¼ cup chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons lime juice

  • Combine chopped ingredients in a bowl, stirring in honey and lime juice
  • Chill bowl in refrigerator for at least half an hour
  • Enjoy with baked pita, tortilla chips, or with a main dish

 

Farm-to-Table Tomato Salad

1 ½ pounds red, yellow, and/or orange tomatoes

½ cup feta or blue cheese, crumbled

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup fresh basil

Salt

Sugar

Pepper

  • Thinly slice tomatoes, arranging on serving plate
  • In a bowl, stir together oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and a dash of sugar
  • Drizzle dressing over tomatoes, sprinkling basil and cheese atop