The farm stand has long been a tradition in West Coast agriculture.
Now Elma has its very own version as the father-and-son team of Scott and Ryan Phillipi — along with business partner Rick Bush — just opened the Elma Farm Stand and Public Market. Located just behind the Rusty Tractor restaurant, the 3,000-square-foot building currently offers a wide variety of fresh produce, cheeses and cured meats, dairy products and more.
They will also be opening a fresh meat market on site in the next few weeks and will also be adding Washington craft beers and wines in the days to come.
The farm stand has been open since Memorial Day weekend and operates 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. So far, customer response has been positive, according to the elder Phillipi.
“People are very pleased with the look, they’re pleased with the variety, they’re pleased with the value and they’re pleased with the quality,” said Scott.
“I come here almost every day,” said customer and Elma resident and businesswoman Jackie Johnson. “I’m so excited. Everything here is fresh and it lasts long. I was going out of town to buy produce, but not anymore.”
Alongside the market are two large spaces that offer unique merchandise for sale by a couple of local merchants. Leta Burgess has opened a stall called Survivor’s den @ the Market, where she sells vintage collectibles, antiques, garden art and Americana. Next door, Venus Beamish is running Vintiques by Venus, offering vintage and antique home decor and handcrafted furniture.
The Elma Farm Stand and Public Market is located at 617 E. Young St., Building A, in Elma. The phone number is (360) 482-3050.