Sterino Farms has been a mainstay of the Tacoma-Fife-Puyallup area for nearly 100 years, and on April 1 the market doors will open once more for another season of fresh farm products at this unique produce market.
Sterino Farms gives customers the opportunity to buy produce that was pulled right from the garden that same morning.
“There’s nothing fresher than having lettuce that was cut that morning and on the dinner plate that night,” Sterino Farms employee Tom Robin said.
The history of the farm began in 1923, when founder Michael Sterino purchased 15 acres in Fife to grow raspberries, blackberries and pie cherries. In 1974, his grandson, Jack Sterino, purchased 20 acres of farmland across the street from the original land after the construction of Interstate-5. Eventually, the farm grew by more than 100 acres, establishing a popular fruit stand that didn’t close its doors until 2006. In the early 90’s the business relocated to its current Puyallup location, 6116 52nd St. E., covering 35 acres of land.
Today, Jack works with his son Jake to continue the family business into its fourth generation. In addition to these personal-sized veggies, Sterino’s also stocks local markets from Canada to Portland. Produce is collected in the morning to be delivered to stores up and down the coast by the afternoon.
“We feature local products like Puyallup valley jams, honey pies from Covington and ice cream from Tillamook. Once we get going throughout the year, we grow heads of red and leaf green lettuce, pumpkins, squash, zucchini, cabbage, celery, red cabbage, an array of berries, raspberries, gold berries gooseberries, fennel and corn, beans, things like that,” Robin said.
The wealth of experience at the farm has given way to a system that allows fresh produce to be harvested daily, something that has helped the farm to thrive for nearly a century.
“One of our mottos is ‘field fresh,’ and there’s nothing fresher than what [Sterino’s] has been doing for 100 years,” Robin said
Robin is confident that even if visitors have never bought farm fresh food before, not only will they be amazed at the selection at the Sterino Market but they will also be blown away at money they will save.
“They’ll be amazed at the prices,” Robin said.
With such a wide selection, Robin ensures there will be employees to help shoppers navigate the produce selection process while Sterino Farm will remain open through the spring, summer and fall. Expect to see plenty of pumpkins in October and Christmas trees in December before the market closes its doors again for the winter.
After April 1, Sterino Farms Produce Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit sterinofarms.com or call (253) 922-8945 for more information.