People like knowing the farmer and buying local produce which is picked ripe at its peak of freshness. Produce that is shipped long-distance is picked early and often sprayed with chemicals, such as ripeners and preservatives. "When people buy locally, the money stays here to prime the economy. The farmer gets paid and he/she then buys seed, equipment, tools, labor and household supplies from a local business. That local business then restocks its shelves and hires staff to sell, fix equipment or help other businesses buy more and sell. When we all buy from the big grocery store, most of the money goes elsewhere." (Patricia J. Munts, WSU Extension's Small Farms and Acreage Coordinator, "Fresh Food Chain," Inlander, August-Sept. 2013, INHealth, p. 31)
Food from local family-owned farms is generally healthier, because they have used less heavy chemicals in herbicides and pesticides.
Buying local produce is a great way to connect with our community.
- Help support our local economy, by buying locally.
Real Food Spokane.
Learn about nutrition, gardening, farmers markets, and ways you can get involved in making fresh, local food available to area residents and institutions. For more information, contact
Spokane Food Policy Council
City of Spokane
- Take fresh produce into neighborhoods. "Farm to Family" from Richmond, Virginia, stocks an old bus with fresh local produce and delivers it right into neighborhoods. This is especially helpful for people who do not drive.
9105 N. Idaho RoadGreen Bluff Growers
Newman Lake, WA
A family-owned and operated farm.
U-pick as well as picked - apples, carrots, cabbage, pumpkin, squash, beans, corn, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, and much more...including hay rides in October, and choosing your own Christmas trees.
Located about 15 minutes north of Spokane and is nestled at the foothills of Mt. Spokane.
It is divided into two loops of over 40 family farms, the East and the West.
Green Bluff, WA
50 farms offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, picked or you-pick. Each farm is run independently
within the association with unique hours, events (festivals, corn mazes), produce & services
such as lunch and picnic areas. There are also unique items such
as antiques, a landscape nursery, an alpaca
ranch, U-Pick lavender, Homemade pies and Italian food, U-Cut Christmas
Trees, and our very own Bed & Breakfast location. Occasional events take place with
live music, etc., but only on designated weekends. During the season most farms are open
to the public. Some farms are also open all year round. For info on each farm, please see the individual growers pages
on the website.
Pine Meadow Farm
Spokane Milk - Home Delivery
509 N Sullivan Rd Suite C-140
Spokane Valley, WA 99037
Delivering fresh milk and dairy to your doorstep.
Valley Produce and Supply
3324 S. Best Road
Spokane Valley, WA
Fruits, vegetables, dairy, hay, grain, dog/cat food