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Camas Farmer’s Market kicks off 2023 season

Downtown market open 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays through September

By Kelly Moyer, Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Published: May 30, 2023, 6:08am
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Shoppers grab cherries at the Camas Farmers Market.
Shoppers grab cherries at the Camas Farmers Market. (The Columbian files) Photo Gallery

Camas-Washougal folks craving locally grown produce, regional wines, artisan foods and other delicious offerings are in luck — the Camas Farmer’s Market is set to kick off its 2023 season at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Located on Northeast Fourth Avenue between Camas City Hall and the Camas Public Library, the market will run from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through the end of September.

This year’s market boasts about 50 vendors selling everything from certified organic produce from Camas’ Shady Grove Farm and Yacolt Mountain Farm and Nursery to wines from Lane Cellars that highlight grapes grown in Eastern Washington and baked goods courtesy of the Camas-based truly scrumptious boutique bakery, the Camas Market & Bakery (formerly Camas Produce) or the Vancouver-based Blue Gem Baking Company.

“We are beyond excited to be opening our 16th season of the Camas Farmer’s Market,” President Shannon Van Horn stated in a news release. “Each year it gets better and better and this year looks to be no exception.”

Van Horn said there are more vendors and a greater variety of offerings than in years past.

“We look forward to seeing everyone again and being able to provide local, healthy, sustainable food direct from the farmers, as well as hot dinner options, baked goods, fresh flowers, music, kids’ activities, and our SNAP match program will be back again,” Van Horn stated.

Van Horn said the new season also includes new vendors, including Mikenzie Drew, the founder of the Blue Gem Baking Company, who will offer weekly assortments of cookies and cupcakes; mushroom cultivator Rod Seal; and Paul Durazo, a Clark College culinary program graduate and owner of the Mexican-inspired Razo’s Tacos.

In addition, the Camas Farmer’s Market will also feature live music, weekly educational booths and free activities for children and families.

According to the news release, vendors accept cash and credit cards at their booths, and participating farms will accept WIC and senior benefits cards. SNAP beneficiaries can take advantage of the SNAP Market Match Program, which provides up to $25 worth of match dollars for fresh produce.

Children ages 3 to 11 years who complete a free educational activity at the Kids Connection Booth will receive a $2 token for fruit or vegetables of their choice.

The first market of the season will showcase Ripple Wellness Health Fair, featuring an assortment of local health and wellness businesses.

For more information, visit camasfarmersmarket.org or follow the market on Facebook or Instagram. To get up-to-date information about events and vendors from the market, sign up for the Camas Farmer’s Market newsletter at lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/9PgT8CP.

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