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Bay Oriental Market shifts slightly farther east

One of Spokane’s largest ethnic markets has moved.

Bay Oriental Market is now a few blocks east of the old store, inside the freshly refurbished Art Deco-style building at 2022 E. Sprague Ave. That’s the corner of Sprague and Crestline.

Parking is easy and the store is still filled with an array of foods from around the world. In addition to noodles, spices, sauces and mixes there is a freezer section full of seafood, dim sum, buns and other ready-made foods. The store is also known as Best Asian Market, and carries fresh produce and meat.

Owners say they have goods from Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Denmark, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Phillipines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

Reach Bay Oriental Market at (509) 534-9300. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Main Market farm tours

Organizers of Main Market, a co-op food store scheduled to open this fall in downtown Spokane, are hosting a farm tour at S&P Homestead Farms.

Susan and Paul Puhek will guide visitors around their Otis Orchards garden on Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The Puheks sell their produce at the farmers’ market in Liberty Lake each Saturday. They’ll talk about small-scale farming, farm fresh eggs, drying herbs and fruits, and how to grow your own food.

The farm walk is open to anyone age 8 and older. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

The “In the Field” tours are meant to connect potential Main Market customers to those who will grow food for the co-op.

Two other tours are planned:

On Aug. 27, Main Market will host a tour at Cole’s Orchard, an organic orchard at Green Bluff, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. That tour is $15 for adults, $10 for children 8 and older.

On Sept. 14, market organizers are booking a bus tour to the Zakarison farm in Pullman.

Rancher Eric Zakarison is using draft animals to work farm fields and employing other environmentally friendly ways of farming. Visitors will see pastured poultry, free-range pork and grass-fed lambs.

Cathy Perillo of Washington State University’s Organic Agriculture program will talk about how the university is helping farmers learn more sustainable practices.

The tour leaves Spokane at 9:30 a.m. and returns by 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for children 12 and older.

To buy tickets for the tours go to www.mainmarket.coop or call (509) 990-4247.