Despite rain, Yakima Farmers' Market caps off good year

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Sunday marked the last Yakima Farmers' Market of the year. But rain didn't stop vendors from doing business.

A lack of sunshine didn't stop crowds from pouring in to the Yakima Farmers' Market. It's the fresh products that bring thousands back year after year.

"We started out here nine years ago and probably if we hadn't had the farmers' market, we probably wouldn't be in business now," said Larry Burmaster.

Larry Burmaster sells baked goods and said at least a hundred customers stop by his booth each Sunday. Sales have gone up 10 to 15% for his business this year.

Other businesses have seen a jump in sales too. Shorty's Sweets, Treats, and Cakes said their sales have jumped 25% this year.

"When they see that we're out here with the farmers and the vendors, they know we are a home grown business," said T.J. Davis.

Final sale numbers won't be calculated until the end of the year. But Yakima Farmers' Market manager said sales are about the same last year's. Losing crops to the summer heat may have hurt some sellers.

"You always lose a few and then you gain a few," said Don Eastridge.

About a dozen new vendors set up shop along Third Street helping the market to grow.

"This market is actually set up ideally," said Larry. "We're on a nice street. We have parking that's adjacent. Most of the markets don't have that advantage."

The Yakima Farmers' Market manager said the hot weather was a reason the Tuesday market was not as successful. But is still looking into opening a Tuesday market next year.