Becky and Joe Baker have been in the local produce business off and on since 1988, beginning with Flett Creek Produce in Lakewood. After 12 years working in a vet clinic, Becky decided to work full time with her husband at Waller Road Farms.
Since the birth of Waller Road Farms in 2008, which began on the property of an old gas station, the Baker’s have moved their business to the corner of 72nd St. E and Waller Road, retaining some of the old gas station’s history.
As you drive past 72nd and Waller Road, you can’t help but notice the large fruit stand situated neatly on the corner. However, this isn’t the typical fruit stand you might expect to see at the local farmer’s market. In addition to the hanging flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables and woodcrafts, you’ll find well-preserved remnants of the old gas station and Waller Road history. If you look closely, you may even see the farm cat roaming around.
As part of a school grade project, Jeremiah, a fourth grader at Waller Road Elementary, visited the fruit stand to talk with the owners and take pictures. In his own words, “There’s all sorts of fruits and flowers, benches and wood things. My favorite thing about Waller Road Produce is that they have nice service and help support local farmers.”
Supporting local farmers and businesses is a priority for the Baker’s, obtaining fruit and produce from local growers as much as possible. While the Baker’s support many local farmers, many of the items available come from Doug McDonald’s Farm in Puyallup, Skagit Gardens in Mount Vernon, DeGoede Brothers in Sumner, Spooner Farms and Duris Cucumber Farm in Puyallup, as well as several fruit farms in the Yakima Valley.
In addition to a large assortment of seasonal produce, the Baker’s work with local wood crafters, Mukilteo Cedar Products and NW Bird Homes, to provide customers with high-quality and creative yard decorations.
Scroll through the slide show to see some of the great offerings from Waller Road Farms – or even better, stop by and see them for yourself. Follow Waller Road Farms on Facebook.
Waller Road Farms is located on the corner of 72nd St. E and Waller Road in Tacoma, WA. They are open 7 days a week from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.
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