The Everett Farmers Market is in the midst of the best time of the year: Strawberries, cherries, apricots and apriums (apricot-plum hybrid) season is at its peak. Strawberries especially have ripened much earlier this year owing to the warmer temperatures. The fruit is delicious and the deals are even sweeter. If the temperatures continue to stay as they are right now, strawberry season might end sooner than it did last year. This is our way of telling you to come see us on Sunday. We are here to make sure you get the best of what’s in season at the market through our vendors and as always, the fruit does not disappoint. How could it when it’s picked the same morning it hits the market?
To make your visit a little easier, we made a list of fruit vendors around the market along with the best deals they have for you.
Hayton Farms: Grown in the Skagit Valley, these Rainier strawberries are as fresh as they come. Picked by a crew starting at 4 am on the same morning, these WSDA certified organic strawberries make their way to market looking every bit as glorious as they taste. You can grab whatever looks good to you. Prices: $4 for a pint, $6 for 2 pints, $12 for a 4-pack, $16 for a half flat. If you bring their boxes back, you get a $1 off your next purchase at their stand. They accept cash, credit cards, checks, market tokens and WIC vouchers.
Skagit Sun: Their bright yellow boxes are hard to miss and the taste is very easy to miss once it’s no longer around. This Hood strawberry has a burst of flavour the moment you sink your teeth into it. The best way to make them last is to turn them into beautiful-tasting jams and syrups. You can also freeze them for smoothies or eat them as is (the best way). These berries are organically-grown and spray-free. Prices: $4 for a pint, $6 for 2, $9 for 3, $12 for 4, $16 for 6. If you bring their yellow boxes back, you get a dollar off your next purchase at their stand.
Youngquist Farms: A fifth generation farm from the Skagit Valley, this stand sells two delicious varieties of strawberries that pack in the pure taste of summer. Their berries are picked fresh for the Everett Farmer’s Market every Sunday. They also make syrups and jams bottled using their own berries and sold under their Sky Harvest Produce brand name. Prices: $4 for 1 pint, 1/3 flats for $11 (white boxes) and $14 (brown boxes), $16 for ½ flats (6 pints); $6 for jams, $8 for syrups. They accept cash, credit and checks.
Skipley Farm: If you’re looking for strawberry plants for your home garden, go see Gil at the Skipley Farm stand. Western Washington is a perfect place for these plants that just go dormant in the winter. So if you feel like you’ve missed the season, you haven’t. You’re just better prepared for next year’s harvest. They also have a wide variety of other fruit trees and plants. Prices: For the strawberry plants $5 for 1 pot, $20 for 5 pots or $35 for 10 pots
RP Guerrero Farm: A certified organic farm, they sell not just fruit but also the seasonal favourite asparagus. Right now, they have, apples, pears, cherries and apriums as far as fruit is concerned. Prices: $4.99 a lb for cherries; $3.99 a lb for apriums
Magana Farms: This stand was the first to bring the season’s cherries from Yakima to the Everett Farmer’s Market this year. They have Rainier and Red cherries and apricots apart from produce. Prices: $5 a lb for Rainier cherries; $4.50 a lb for red cherries; $1.99 a lb for apricots
Lyall Farm: This farm opened with a bang on the fourth Sunday of the 2015 Everett Farmer’s Market. They have lots and lots of cherries – two varieties – which you can sample before buying. They also have the snappiest-sounding asparagus. Prices: $4.99 a lb or $8 for 2lbs for Index cherries; $6.99 a lb or $12 for 2lbs for Rainier cherries
Bill’s Fruit: This fruit vendor likes to let its fruit speak for itself and they have lots of samples to let you make your choice. They have three varieties of cherries for sale and the firmest ripe apriums. Prices: $6 for a small or $10 for a large for Rainier cherries; $5 for a small or $8 for large of Chelan cherries; $7 for a small or $12 for a larger of Strawberry Rainier cherries; $7 a pack for apriums
Martin Family Orchards: They sell delicious organic apples and pears currently but once the season picks up, they will have cherries, apricots, and the juiciest peaches from the state of Washington. Try out their ciders too.
We hope to see you back at the Everett Farmer’s Market this Sunday ready to take home the freshest organic fruit grown right here in our beautiful state. Grocery store fruit doesn’t even come close! Check with our vendors for any updated pricing information and have a great day at the market!
Edlyn G D’Souza is a writer and the more she says that, the truer it becomes. She has her roots in Goa and Mumbai in India, where she worked as a journalist for 5 years. She now lives in Washington where she writes in her blog egeedee.com, draws cat stuff, never tires of seeing Mt Rainier and dreams about changing the world through her stories.