Photo by Shannon Michael
It’s been 75 years since Yakima Fruit Market and Nursery opened its fresh fruit and vegetable stand along Bothell Way NE in 1938. Owners Karin and Stuart Poage bought the market from Stuart’s parents in 1986. His parents bought the market from the original owners in about 1971. Karin started working at the market in 1973 when she was 15 years old. Stuart started working there when he was 18. The Poage’s don’t know the exact date in 1938 the Yakima Fruit Market started business. But, this they do know. It’s been going strong all these years mainly, Karin believes, because of the quality of what they offer. "When people come here, they can see the bounty of local agricultural produce and follow the seasonal flow of the agricultural year," she said, adding that it makes shoppers feel a closer link to their local food supply. The market offers fresh produce, local dairy products and groceries, and a selection of locally grown nursery plants and flowers from early spring through fall. It is open daily through November 2 when it closes for the season, and then reopens the day after Thanksgiving to sell Christmas trees until around December 20.