You really have to love this time of year in the Yakima Valley. We're pretty lucky here in the Pacific Northwest on the East side of the Cascade Mountains. I mean, check out the weather forecast for the next week: the National Weather Service says, other than a little California haze on Friday, it's blue skies and sunshine with highs around 80 degrees. Somebody tell me that's not great for October!

In many cases, the harvest of some very important Yakima Valley crops has taken place and the abundance of fresh, delicious produce is awe-inspiring.

Among the many wonderful places to stop and shop for all things fresh and tasty is a place called Fruit City. Their website says: 'Fruit City is your gateway to Yakima Valley's Finest Produce' and they're located at 3913 Main St. in Union Gap.

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Check out the meat of the fancy new apples -- a new variety that I had'nt tried called LUCY GLOW apples.

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At 59 cents a pound, they have awesome prices for a large variety of squash. And if you’re looking for pumpkins to carve or bake into pumpkin pie, they've got 'em.

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We saw a fabulous assortment of fresh peppers...

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Home-Smoked Garlic......

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Sweet Onions.......

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Apples, apples, and more apples.....

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A veritable cornucopia of precious produce that you'd be out of your gourde to miss!

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Now there's just one month left to enjoy fresh vegetables at Fruit City, open 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM through Halloween. Then, magically, when the fruit stand closes October 31. .. it seamlessly transforms into the largest Christmas tree farm in Yakima County on November 1st.

You can check them out online at https://www.fruitcityyakima.com/