Vancouver Farmer’s Market: Healthy Choices for the Family

Many articles you’ll read about health or health-related issues include making “dietary changes” or “nutritional guidelines”.

While diet doesn’t cure everything, it can help your body to heal, prevent or slow down the progression many medical conditions and diseases.

One of our favorite prescriptions is visiting the Vancouver Farmer’s Market and start investing in healthy, seasonal fruits, vegetables and other farm-raised products, grown by local farmers.

Want to eat healthier foods?  Check out the choices at Vancouver Farmer’s Market

One of the most inspiring ways to change your diet is to meet the people who grow, raise and produce your food and experience the community of people who consciously live grounded, thoughtful and healthy lifestyles.farmer's market

A farmer’s market isn’t just good for the body, it’s good for the community and the soul. The Vancouver Farmer’s Market is considered Southwest Washington’s #1 attraction. Another farmer’s market bonus?

While there, you can purchase grocery items from local farmers who care deeply about what they do, and you’ll also have access to locally produced art, ceramics, fresh flowers, jewelry, honey, baked breads and treats, and all kinds of goods and services that make life more vibrant.

The Vancouver Farmer’s Market runs March through October.  The main location is 6th & Esther St. in downtown Vancouver, but there is also an East Vancouver Farmer’s Market location located close to Family Wellness Center in the Columbia Tech Center area.  Hours for the location on 6th & Esther St. are:

  • Saturdays, 9:00 to 3:00
  • Sundays, 10:00 to 3:00

The address for the Columbia Tech Center location is:  17701 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98683.

The hours are:

  • Thursdays, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

There’s always live music and fun to be had, so it’s a great way to get the family out and about, walking, tasting and celebrating our rich and diverse community.

Are you a meat eater? Farmer’s Market meat is best!

Do you eat meat? You’ll love the ability to purchase sustainably raised meat products, ranging from chicken and fowl, to pork, lamb and beef. Ask the farmer to confirm that the meat sold has been pasture raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones.

In addition to knowing the animals lived a humane and free-range life, studies have shown meat raised in this way has significantly lower saturated fats and higher levels of Omega-3s, vitamin E and beta-carotene levels than their factory-farmed counterparts. These nutritional benefits also hold true for eggs and dairy products made from animals that are raised humanely and with lots of ground to move around and forage for their instinctual food preferences.

If you become a regular at the Farmer’s Market, odds are you’ll see one of us from Family Wellness Center there too. Bring your bags and baskets and get ready to be re-inspired about the foods you eat and the energizing, healthful effects these foods will have on your body.

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