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The Old Town Farmers’ Market will return to Battle Ground Healing Arts in July and will be held on Saturdays through October.
Jillian Stansbury, owner of Battle Ground Healing Arts, is excited to provide opportunities for small business owners to sell their wares at the summer event, which has been running for four years.
“People should expect a collection of friendly vendors showcasing healthy organics and health-related products, clustered in a small space in the Old Town battlefield,” Stansbury said. “You can come and do yoga, pick up produce on the way out, and sip delicious tea while chatting with your neighbors and other health enthusiasts.”
One supplier that stands out for her is Yacolt Mountain Farms, which she has called “the market anchor.” 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 be offering a “nice lineup” of organic herbs like microgreens, culinary herbs, and cut flowers.
Local baker Carolyn Navarro will return with “incredible baked goods,” featuring her popular jalapeno jam and canned goods, which include gluten-free options.
“Laura Lago will also be returning with her delicious line of superfood treats such as Moringa bars, sugar-free herbal treats, medicinal honey and local herbal creams and ointments,” 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 previous years but (will include) new participating vendors that will be slightly larger and broader than the previous year, and we won’t have to wear masks this year,” she said. . “We will have produce, fruits, fresh herbs and flowers as before, and will have more food offerings ranging from baked goods to jams, jellies, peppers and canned vegetables, to medical superfoods, teas and popcorn mixes. There will also be do-it-yourself elderberry tincture and syrup kits, one-of-a-kind bespoke body products, and health-related products such as microwave heating pads.
She added that the event will also feature “Yoga in the Garden” every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. 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 conjunction with the Clark County Community Health Network.
“As in previous years, excess produce is donated to the food bank on the same block and this year there will be more canned and non-perishable food to add to the donation,” she said.
Stansbury said his company’s farmers’ market is different from the one held at the Battle Ground Community Center since his is an all-organic market.
“Our suppliers are committed to the environment and use sustainable farming practices, support bees and pollinators, and take care to avoid the use of petrochemicals or synthetic fertilizers that harm beneficial soil microbes, may seep into groundwater or harm earthworms, insects, bees and butterflies,” she explained. “Pesticides and synthetic chemicals also leave residues in the food produced and can also be harmful to the humans who ingest the chemicals and our entire team of farmers, chefs, bakers and herbalists are committed to organic practices and providing healthy edibles.”
Stansbury said all produce and other foods sold at the Old Town Organic Farmers Market are sugar-free or low-sugar, and many are also allergen-free.
“We also prioritize health-promoting products and aim to give back to the community with food drives, free retail spaces and free classes,” she said.
Although space is limited, there is still room for vendors that match the market vision. Anyone interested in participating as a free seller is encouraged to contact the marketplace at [email protected]
Stansbury also mentioned that she will be offering several free classes and mini-workshops over the summer months at the medical clinic. Classes will cover cooking and recipe inspiration, food sovereignty, canning and preservation basics, among other topics. More information about 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, Battle Ground.
The Farmer’s Market will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through October.