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Four Clark County farmers markets are open for the season — with modifications

By , Columbian staff writer
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This seasons strawberries at the Farmers Market in Vancouver, Wa., Sunday June 4, 2017.
This seasons strawberries at the Farmers Market in Vancouver, Wa., Sunday June 4, 2017. (Greg Wahl-Stephens for the Columbian) (iStock.com) Photo Gallery

The pandemic may have changed a lot of things, but it hasn’t altered the seasons. Spring rain and summer sun have worked their magic and now seasonal fruits and vegetables are ripe and ready for market.

It will come as good news that four of Clark County’s outdoor markets are open this year. Only the Ridgefield and Propstra Square markets are closed. (The Battle Ground farmers market was discontinued in 2019 for reasons unrelated to COVID-19.) In true Northwest style, all markets are held rain or shine. All markets also accept electronic benefits transfer cards and are offering a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Market Match up to $20 for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Although the markets are open, it is not quite business as usual. There are some general guidelines that produce-loving market aficionados should follow, set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Farmers Market Association.

Here’s a quick-reference list:

• Wear a mask.

• Stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible.

• Use the hand-sanitizing stations when entering market and after visiting each booth.

• Send only one person from your family.

• Pay with a credit or debit card instead of cash wherever possible.

• Don’t bring pets except service animals.

• Go before you go, so to speak, because public restrooms won’t be available.

• If you can order from vendors beforehand and pick it up at the market, do that.

• Don’t linger at the market — use a list, make your purchases and skedaddle.

• Stay home if you have so much as a sniffle or scratchy throat, or if anyone in your family is sick, or if you have been exposed to anyone who is sick.

IF YOU GO

Camas Farmer’s Market

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 30

Where: In front of Camas Library at 624 N.E. Fourth Ave., between Northeast Everett and Franklin streets

Contact: www.camasfarmersmarket.org or 360-838-1032

Details: Products include produce, flowers, meat, cheese and prepared foods. Vendors will bag selections for you. Enter and exit on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Everett Street. Hand sanitizing is required before entering or exiting.

East Vancouver Farmers Market

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 27

Where: 17701 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver

Contact: www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com or 360-737-8298

Details: Products include nuts, dog treats, microgreens, honey and beeswax, shortbread, berries, essential oils, coffee, herbs and hummus. Vendors will select and bag items for you.

Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 6

Where: East parking lot along Northeast 23rd Avenue at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, 2211 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver. (Note location change.) Additional parking is available in the covered hospital garage.

Contact: www.salmoncreekfarmersmarket.com or info@salmoncreekfarmersmarket.com

Details: Products include produce, flowers, prepared food and artisan crafts. Touch only what you buy and bag your own purchases.

Vancouver Farmers Market

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 1, including July 4
The first hour of each day is for seniors or immunologically vulnerable customers

Where: At the intersection of Esther and Eighth streets in downtown Vancouver

Contact: www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com or 360-737-8298

Details: The largest market, with 60 to 70 vendors on site this year. (To allow for safe spacing between vendors, this is less than half what the market had last year, with 150 vendors on the street during 2019 peak season.) Products, which can change weekly according to the vendor roster, include fresh produce, flowers, prepared food, honey, baked goods, salsa, coffee, soap, herbs, meat, fish and seafood, nut butters, hummus, dairy, berries in season, toffee, kombucha and other artisan goods. Vendors will select and bag items for you. Use hand-sanitizing stations when you enter and exit and after visiting each booth. Visit the virtual market or interactive map at www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com to place orders for pick-up on market day. The adjacent playground in Esther Short Park is closed, but will open during Phase 3 of Clark County’s gradual reopening plan.

For those who occasionally like to visit farmers markets across the river, find information about all Portland farmers markets at www.portlandfarmersmarket.org.

Markets have different rules about bagging. Some places ask that you not touch anything unless you intend to buy it and then bag it yourself, while other venues discourage customers from touching anything at all, and letting the vendors bag your purchases for you. Either way, farmers markets are now more of a hands-off experience.

Before going to any farmers market, check its website or call to confirm hours and location and familiarize yourself with COVID-related guidelines.

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