Cowiche, along with the neighboring town of Tieton, is served by the Highland School district. The community takes great pride in its high school sports programs, and in 1988 their varsity men’s basketball team won the Washington State A division championship. The boys’ soccer team also won the state championship in 2006, 2007 & 2015. Most people in the area are involved in agriculture. Cowiche, like much of the Yakima Valley, is known for its apple crops.
Harvest Foods is the hub of Cowiche’s retail market and has been a local landmark for years. It was called Tate’s Food Center from 1964-1972 and then Fred’s Food Center until 2006.