Try This: Savor flavor of farmers markets

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



With summer in full swing, strawberries, peaches, cherries, summer squash, tomatoes and more begin making their appearance at Clark County farmers markets. The Vancouver Farmers Market continues the tradition of providing locally grown produce, baked goods, flowers, food and crafts at the downtown market featuring more than 250 vendors from around the region. The Ridgefield Farmers Market keeps growing, with fresh produce and homemade products — including jewelry, flowers, cheese and nuts — from more than 20 vendors. And the Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market has more than 50 farmers and vendors on hand, selling a variety of arts and crafts, as well as produce along with live music.

o Vancouver Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver. Telephone: 360-737-8298. Web:

o Ridgefield Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Davis Park, Main and Mill streets, Ridgefield. Telephone: 360-989-6440. Web:

o Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Battle Ground Village Center Park Pavilion, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way, Battle Ground. Telephone: 360-723-5545. Web:

The farmers markets are one of many options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a theater show and a concert.

Support historic rail line

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad takes visitors on a historic railroad ride through the forests of north Clark County on a 10-mile round-trip that includes Moulton Falls and a 330-foot rock tunnel. On Saturday, July 7 the train ride will partner with the Moulton Falls Winery for the Wine Run Fundraiser, which will go to railroad improvements. There is a $5 wine-tasting fee.

When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. today, July 7 and Sunday.

Where: 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

Admission: $15, $14 for seniors, $10 for youth, $8 for children.

Telephone: 360-686-3559.


‘Earnest’ theater

The new theater group Pacific Stageworks opens with Oscar Wilde’s well-known “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Set in 1890s England, two eligible bachelors attempt to balance pleasure and responsibilities as they try to court two headstrong heiresses in this social satire. The production will be performed “in the round” at the Heathman Lodge.

When: 2 and 7:30 p.m. today, July 7 and Sunday.

Where: Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive, Vancouver.

Admission: $12, $10 for students and seniors.

Telephone: 360-729-5290.


Concert for summertime

Bethany Vineyard & Winery kicks off its summer concert series “Music in the Vines” featuring local country duo Cloverdayle. Consisting of married couple guitarist Chad Hamar and singer Rachel Hamar, Cloverdayle has opened concerts for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and more. Bring lawn chairs. Advanced tickets are recommended.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Bethany Vineyard & Winery, 4115 N.E. 259th St., Ridgefield.

Admission: $12, no children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-887-3535.


‘Amazing Spider-Man’ swings into theaters

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is an outcast high-schooler with unusual skills who was raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. When he begins looking into why his parents disappeared, Peter unknowingly sets himself on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. “The Amazing Spider-Man” is rated PG-13.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; various Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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