Located a few miles from downtown Yakima is the growing community of Moxee.
About the Community
The city of Moxee may seem small today, but it’s huge compared to a few years ago. A recent housing boom grew the population from 820 in 2000 to more than 3,700 now.
The area a few miles east of Yakima became home to several French-Canadian farm families around 1867, with others joining them to create a thriving French-speaking community with its own French school. Today that heritage is evident in the names of many of the rural roads around Moxee, named after the early French immigrants whose descendants still live in the vicinity.
In 1921 the city of Moxee was officially incorporated. The early settlers quickly learned that hops grew especially well in the soil around Moxee, and that ingredient of beer became a major crop. Today the Yakima Valley grows about 70 percent of America’s total hop production, with Moxee still at the center of it all.
More recently, though, Moxee has also developed into a center for manufacturing, shipping and processing, with several large employers located at an industrial park.
Moxee celebrates the hop industry on the first Friday and Saturday each August with the Moxee Hop Festival, including a parade, live entertainment, food and vendors — and naturally, plenty of beer.