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October 8, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Yakima Market celebrates 75 years in Bothell

Neighborhood and community institutions are important. They survive and hopefully prosper because they offer good service, good value, and they are good citizens. Yakima Fruit Market & Nursery in Bothell is all of those things.

Circa 1938 photograph of the Blue Swallow Inn in Bothell where the Yakima Fruit Market has been for the past 75 years. (Photo by Dorothy Lynch Lundvall)

Circa 1938 photograph of the Blue Swallow Inn in Bothell where the Yakima Fruit Market has been for the past 75 years.
(Photo by Dorothy Lynch Lundvall)

The market is open from March through a smidgen of November. After Thanksgiving the market reopens and turns bright green with Christmas trees. Stuart and Karin Poage run the market. The Poage family bought this original Yakima Market site from the founders in 1970. Quite a closely held legacy.

Located on a bend in the road at 173rd & Bothell Way, the market has it all: fresh produce, dairy products, eggs and locally grown plants. Nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day,” quite like a fuschia hanging basket from the Yakima Market. Oh, and check out the pumpkin potential for jack-o’-lanterns.

Not to be overlooked is the roadside sign that alerts shoppers to what is fresh on the produce menu, perhaps a bit of whimsy, and, not unknown, a civic comment or observation.

A tidy, competitive, friendly, well-run market that has earned the loyally of customers for exactly those reasons.

 

 

 

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