A weekend at the Vancouver farmer’s market

A larger amount of free time during the summer may cause some Washington State University Vancouver students to wonder what there is to do in the Vancouver area that is both affordable and entertaining. The Vancouver farmer’s market, held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is located on the Esther Street side of Esther Short Park in historic downtown Vancouver. The market opens every March and remains open until October each year, providing plenty of opportunity to take advantage of seasonal goods each weekend.
Visitors to the market can find a variety of flowers including pre-grown bushes, vibrant bouquets and hanging baskets. The smells of different freshly made foods permeate the air and invite guests to stop by and try a gyro, a taco bowl or a pastry. Live performers like The Slope and Eric Vanderwall provide upbeat music to enjoy some lunch to. Individual performers can also be seen playing guitar and singing for all to hear. There are many spots to rest, enjoy the weather and socialize, like the Pavilion Stage and Gazebo Corner.
Vendors travel from all over the region to provide and sell fresh produce, authentic oils and vinegars, different types of freshly harvested honey, garden sculptures, hand carved woodworks, fresh and sustainable coffee and tea, dried meats, photography services, handcrafted jewelry and accessories, baked goods and hand crafted journals. Some vendors are USDA-certified organic and most are local grown and/or crafted.
At the farmers market on May 25, Ryan Schreiner, Southwest District Trail Leader of the Washington Trails Association set up a booth to share information about the recreations and hikes available over the summer in the Southwest Washington region. Schreiner was also excited to share information about trail-clearing volunteer opportunities over the summer. Schreiner said, “the volunteer program is great for anyone and students are more than welcome to join. I started out as a volunteer. Now I work here and I love it.” Volunteers help clean trails as part of a “work party” and can earn a free Northwest Forest Pass or a voucher toward a Discovery Pass, based on if the work done is on Forest Service or State land. Schreiner also said the work is not grueling, but is a laid back atmosphere and “we take a long, leisurely lunch.” These lunches are dubbed “potlucks” by the WTA and volunteers can also camp for the weekend at the volunteer sites. The more volunteering a person completes the more perks they are eligible for, such as a free season pass, a personalized hard hat, vest and saw.
Schreiner also shared that if outdoor goers are not interested in volunteering but want to go for a hike in the SW Washington region, visit wta.org to check out the hiking information. “You can customize your hike based on if you would like to see old trees, fields of flowers, and other specific things in nature. It’s very cool.”
To learn more information about the WTA’s work parties and to sign up, visit wta.org/volunteer. More information about specific vendors at the Vancouver farmer’s market can be found at vancouverfarmersmarket.com.

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