Reason #112 to Love the Tri-Cities: Country Mercantile

Was I the last person to discover Country Mercantile? I think so, at least in my circle of friends from a decade ago.

When I worked at OWT (1997-2006), my boss raved about Country Mercantile and the local jams and jellies that were available. But I wasn’t impressed. My wife had been to Country Mercantile and told me I’d like it. But I wasn’t impressed.

I finally went about … oh, two years ago, maybe? … and I was beyond impressed.

ZOMG, what a treasure that place is!

If you’ve never been there, make the drive out there today. Or tomorrow. Or whenever you can make it. Sample the fresh fruits. Sample the homemade chocolate fudge. Sample the salsas and dips. (It’s like going to Costco, only a zillion times more delicious.)

And don’t leave empty-handed. Things are a bit more expensive, but they’re worth it. In fact, let me suggest a few things that you should buy.

The 3 Best Things at Country Mercantile

You have to try these once, and if you don’t like them, drop them off at my house and I’ll buy them from you.

1.) Mad Max Walla Walla Sweet Onion Salsa


To die for. I go through the full container of this in about 2-3 days, and that’s when I’m trying to make it last. Perfect blend of sweet and heat. (CM also sells very good tortilla chips, but I’m partial to a brand of chips called Calidad that you can find in regular supermarkets.)

2.) Chicken Delight seasoning


Put this on ALL THE THINGS. Seriously. It turns chicken fajitas into something Bobby Flay would serve. And it smells fantastic.

3.) Walla Walla Sweet Onion & Creamy Ranch Dressing


This is fantastic as a salad dressing, its intended use. But you know where it tastes the best? On top of a hamburger. Holy amazeballs. Top your burger with a couple pickle slices and this, and you’re all set. Add in some grilled jalapenos if you want some zing. Incredible.

Obviously you should also pick up some fresh fruit and chocolates while you’re there, too. Don’t just leave with these three things.

And don’t let Country Mercantile’s location stop you from enjoying a Tri-Cities gem. It’s totally worth the drive up 395 a bit. And did you know — in 2014, they’re planning to open a new store on Dallas Rd. in West Richland? That’s what they told us at the Home & Garden show earlier this year. I can’t wait.

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Matt McGee

Matt McGee

Matt loves juicy cheeseburgers and ice cream. With M&Ms. (The ice cream, that is. Not the cheeseburgers.) He's also a sucker for beautiful sunsets. Matt is the editor-in-chief of two marketing-related news sites and is one of those weirdos that enjoys public speaking. His claims to fame are having a letter to the editor published in Sports Illustrated and being an extra in Thelma & Louise. (The early scene in the bar. When the camera is on Geena Davis as she's sitting down. I walk behind her. You can only see me from the stomach down to my hips/thighs. Blue jeans and a plaid-style shirt, as I recall. But it's me. Serious.)

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  • Becca Lingley

    We are BEYOND excited about the new store. It is going to be part of the new Badger Mountain South development that is going up right now. I love Country Mercantile and can’t wait for the opportunity to visit the store more frequently in the future.

  • Brandon Coughlin

    Seriously, CM is one of those places that is way underrated and I never go there often enough. I thought the same thing as you initially – I’ve known about CM for years. Have driven past it many times without giving it a second thought. That it was way overrated from the looks on the outside. My Mom got me to go out there for the first time a couple of months ago and OH MAN! What a place! We’re excited about the new store opening too. I don’t think the people of West Richland understand how amazing it’s going to be to have a Country Mercantile so close by. It’s going to be a great addition to our community. It can’t. Happen. Soon. Enough.

  • Suzy Garza Higley

    I kind of think I need to go to CM today! 🙂 holy amazeballs! Lol…

  • Lou Galindo

    We love that place! I had no idea they were building a Badger Mt. store. That’s awesome!