Second outdoor market to open in Battle Ground

By Elisa Williams, Columbian staff writer

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Battle Ground’s outdoor market scene is expanding this season.

Battle Ground Village is launching its own market Saturday and expects to open with about 35 vendors. Until this year, the mixed-used development on Southeast 14th Loop was home to the Battle Ground Farmers Market on Saturdays during warm weather months. When the farmers market decided to hold all of its events this year at the Gardner Center Plaza on State Highway 503 and Northeast 199th Street this year, management at Battle Ground Village got the idea to start an event of its own to draw shoppers.

“Outdoor markets are exploding all over the nation,” said Carmen Villarma, a co-owner of Battle Ground Village and president of the management group that runs the property.

Called the Battle Ground Outdoor Market, the event will focus on arts and crafts, food and entertainment rather than locally grown produce.

Villarma said the market has also lined up local musicians to perform.

“I think they’ll complement each other,” she said of the two markets.

The Battle Ground Farmers Market last year had held its Saturday market at the Battle Ground Village, but experimented with a Friday market at the Gardner Center Plaza. “We learned that the Gardner Center was a better fit for the farmers market,” said Brenda Millar, market manager for Battle Ground Farmers Market Association.

Millar said that the Gardner Center offers the market better visibility, which helps draw shoppers.

With the change, Millar said that the number of vendors participating in the farmers market has doubled to 42.

The Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market will run Saturdays through Sept. 25.

The Battle Ground Farmers Market is Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 2.