Damp, blustery weather didn’t daunt vendors at the debut of the Wednesday Farmers Market at the Pybus Public Market. A nice handful (OK, eight of them) turned out with great-looking fruit, produce, baked goods and handicrafts.
Mika and Mariah Mulliken, ages 21 and 17 respectively, were selling bag-loads of huge cherries and ripe apricots that they picked and packed themselves as employees of Tiny’s Organic of East Wenatchee. It’s a summer job for the Wenatchee sisters who praised Greg and Erin McPherson, owners of the family-owned orchards and their website tinysorganics.com, as good bosses who produce even better fruit. Believe it or not, the farm grows about 60 varieties of fruit and sells at 30 farmers markets, many of them in the Puget Sound area.
The Wednesday Farmers Market will operate at Pybus through autumn. Of course, it’s a spin-off of Saturday’s Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market, the Pybus Market’s largest tenant.
New YWCA Store features high-end items: East Wenatchee’s new YWCA Store East may be the only second-hand store in the region with a million-dollar view of the Cascades and Columbia River. It’s got a great view, too, of the city’s sewage treatment plant, but we can (literally) overlook that.
The new store, the second thrift outlet for YWCA Wenatchee Valley and its third job-training site, opened Tuesday and held a grand opening Saturday. The new space is packed with high-end items plucked from the organization’s many estate sales — dining room sets, desks, a bunk bed, musical instruments (organ, violin, guitar, drums), home decor (art, pottery, table linens), wedding dresses, jewelry and (keep this under wraps) fur coats. Plus tons of other stuff.
Store manager Jane Graebel, Wenatchee, said the store features an expansive kitchenware section — cooking utensils to dishes to countertop storage containers — and a nice selection of used books, some of them rare. Graebel’s been busy for the last year with YWCA estate sales and, before that, 18 years in the retail industry.
“We have some really nice antique furniture here,” said Graebel. “And we’re always looking for more. Antiques are very popular items.”
Home sales up: Recovery of the area’s housing market remained strong through May, according to Pacific Appraisal Associates, the local appraisal and consulting company. In the Wenatchee market, the number of homes sold in the first five months of this year jumped 22 percent over 2012, the average home price is up 4 percent to $233,937 and dollar volume of homes sold is up 28 percent to $73,222,199. Problem is, the number of homes and condos on the market now has fallen about 28 percent from last year, which means buyers who’ve found their dream homes have to quickly write those down-payment checks — or a more eager buyer will.
All the fun, none of the lederhosen: Wenatchee has been named as a fun, low-cost alternative to having a family vacation in — drum roll, please — Leavenworth. ParentMap, a Seattle-based media company with a slick website, recently ran a “go here instead of there” article that recommended thrifty families head for Cannon Beach, Ore., instead of Hawaii, Tri-Cities instead of Napa Valley and Wenatchee instead of our own faux Bavaria. Why? Wenatchee has better hotel rates and is a gateway to an abundance of outdoor and kid-pleasing activities, says ParentMap. Those include Rocky Reach Dam, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Columbia Fire Breaks Interpretive Center (Entiat), Riverfront Park and the Pybus Public Market. Plus, Leavenworth and all its oompah charm is only about 25 minutes away. See full article at parentmap.com.
Scary product: Apple slices and Disney magic continue to blend really well. Cashmere-based Crunch Pak, the nation’s leader in the sliced-apple snack industry, debuted its latest Disney-themed product — Monsters U Flavorz — at Monday’s premiere of Pixar’s newest animated offering, “Monsters University.” The prequel to 2001’s mega-hit “Monsters Inc” is receiving mixed reviews, but a posting on CrunchPak’s Facebook page says everyone loved the company’s blue-raspberry flavored Monster treats. Read about Monster U Flavorz and other Monster tie-in products in a Wall Street Journal article at http://ow.ly/mec86.
This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.