Local farms and farmers markets throughout Clark County offer a wide variety of delicious, locally-grown foods.
There are many benefits to purchasing locally grown and locally produced foods. Fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish and bread direct from the farmers are as fresh as it gets and they taste better! Buying local means:
- Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
- There is less packaging
- Lower transportation costs because food travels shorter distances from farm to consumer
- Your community and the local economy are supported
- You are helping support the local food system, and strengthen community food security
Clark County residents who want to buy locally-grown and produced food direct from farmers have many options. The farm finder website, hosted by Washington State University, is a great way to find farm stands, u-pick locations, community supported agriculture options, and other sources of locally grown foods.
- Camas Farmers Market
- Ridgefield Farmers Market
- Salmon Creek Farmers Market
- Vancouver Farmers Market
Community supported agriculture (CSA) farm shares
CSA farms sell shares of their harvest at the beginning of the season. The cost of shares, the length of the season, and the types of food grown vary from farm to farm. You can find out more by doing a web search for CSA farmers in your area.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Farmers markets accepting SNAP (food stamp) EBT cards
Using your SNAP benefits is easy
- Visit the EBT/Debit stand at the market
- Receive wooden tokens
- Redeem tokens for fresh, healthy foods (SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase non-food items, ready to eat foods, or hot foods)
Fresh Match program doubles your dollars
If you use your SNAP benefits at farmers markets, you can also take advantage of the Fresh Match program. Spend $5 of your SNAP benefits on fresh produce, and you will receive an additional $5 token (a total of $10 per card) to purchase fresh, local, healthy foods.
Senior Nutrition and WIC at the Farmers Markets
The Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to eligible women, children, and seniors.
Strategic changes. Sustainable results.
The local Food System Council increases and preserves access to safe, local and healthy food for all residents of Clark County. The council supports a viable, economical and sustainable local food system through multiple strategies.
For more information, contact the Chronic Disease Prevention team.