The Old Town Farmers Market will return to Battle Ground Healing Arts in July and will take place on Saturdays until October.
Jillian Stansbury, the owner of Battle Ground Healing Arts, is excited to give opportunities to small business owners who can sell their wares at the summer event, which has taken place for four years.
“People should expect a collection of friendly vendors presenting healthy organic produce and health related products, packed into a small space in Old Town Battle Ground,” Stansbury said. “You can come for yoga, pick up produce on your way out, and sip some delicious tea while you chat with your neighbors and fellow health enthusiasts.”
One vendor that stands out to her is Yacolt Mountain Farms, which she called the “anchor of the market.” The vendor has a following of people who show up every Saturday to pick up the week’s produce. She also mentioned Amanda Shaffer, who will offer a “beautiful array” of organic herbs like microgreens, culinary herbs, and cut flowers.
Local baker Carolyn Navarro will return with “amazing baked goods,” featuring her popular jalapeno jam and canned goods, which include gluten-free options.
“Laura Lago will also be returning with her delicious array of super-food goodies such as Moringa bars, sugar free herbal treats, medicinal honey and creams and salves made from local plants,” Stansbury said.
Stansbury said the farmers market will include a number of changes, but will still incorporate some familiar elements.
“The market will be very similar to past years but (will) include some new vendor participants to be slightly larger and expanded than the previous year, and we won’t have to wear masks this year,” she said. “We will have produce, fruit, fresh herbs, and flowers as before, and will have more food offerings from baked goods, to canned jams, jellies, peppers, and vegetables, to medical superfoods, teas, and popcorn blends. There will also be some do-it-yourself tincture and elderberry syrup kits, some unique custom-made body products, and some health-related products such as microwavable heat packs.”
She added the event will also feature “Yoga in the Garden” each Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. It costs $10 to participate.
Stansbury said there will also be canned food drives at the market, which will be held in collaboration with the Clark County Community Health Network.
“As in past years, surplus product is donated to the food bank on the same block and this year will have more canned and non-perishable foods to add to the donation,” she said.
Stansbury said the farmers market at her business is different from the one held at the Battle Ground Community Center since hers is an all organic market.
“Our vendors are committed to the environment and use sustainable farming practices, support bees and pollinators, and are cautious to avoid use of any petrochemicals or synthetic fertilizers that harm beneficial soil microbes, can leach into the groundwater, or harm earthworms, insects, bees, and butterflies,” she explained. “Pesticides and synthetic chemicals also leave residues in the foods produced and can be harmful to humans who ingest the chemicals as well and our entire team of farmers, chefs, bakers, and herbalists are committed to organic practices and the offering of healthy edibles.”
Stansbury said all of the produce and other foods sold at the Old Town Organic Farmers Market are sugar-free or low on sugar, and many are allergen free as well.
“We also favor health-supportive products and have the goal of giving back to the community with food drives, free vendor spaces and free classes,” she said.
While space is limited, there is still room for vendors who match the market’s vision. Anyone interested in participating as a vendor at no cost is encouraged to contact the market at email@example.com.
Stansbury also mentioned she will offer several free classes and mini workshops over the summer months at the medical clinic. The classes will feature cooking and recipe inspiration, food sovereignty, canning and preserving basics, among other topics. More information on the farmers market and classes can be found online at healingartsapothecary.org.
Battle Ground Healing Arts is located at 408 E. Main St., Suite No. 101, in Battle Ground.
The farmers market will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturdays until October.
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