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A Week For Farmer's Markets In Washington

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PASCO, Wash.- The summer is about half way through and so is Farmer's Market season. Sunday is the first day of Washington Farmers Market week, officially declared by Gov. Jay Inslee. NBC Right Now stopped by the market in Pasco on Saturday to see how the season is coming along so far.

"I think that's great," said Landon Rowley of Rowley & Hawkins Fruit Farms. "I'm glad that he's doing that and yes I think it would help more people come out."

Rowley is glad to hear about Gov. Inslee proclaiming this week as Farmer's Market Week. He hopes it'll bring some more customers out to his fruit stand.

"Word is getting out, there's more people coming to the market and I would say it's probably growing."

This is all great news for the market vendors after their season got out to a bit of a slow start.

"We started out kind of slow because some of the crops had issues with frost damage and things like that," said Mike Somerville, the Pasco Market Manager, "As you can see like today we're very busy. We have a full house of vendors and a lot of customers."

The Pasco market is one of the biggest in the state and is becoming one of the most successful. The people who work the stands every week say a lot of their success is because the market has become a very well known staple in the city of Pasco and the trend of eating fresh and local has continued to grow.

"I think people are becoming more and more aware of fresh and local instead of shopping at some of the big stores around here that bring a lot of stuff in from California and Mexico," said Somerville.

Fans of the Pasco Farmer's Market may even get to pair their favorite produce with some wine. Within the next month, organizers tell NBC Right Now the legislation should go through allowing wineries to set up and offer tastings at the market.

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