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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