Vancouver Farmers Market inspires vendor loyalty

first_img An estimated 8,000 shoppers took in the Vancouver Farmers Market over the weekend as the 24th year of the downtown favorite opened its nearly eight-month run.Some of the vendors have been coming to the weekend market for more than two decades.Kham Prasouvo said this is the 22nd year that Teriyaki House has offered its food at the market.“Been pretty successful,” Prasouvo of Vancouver said Sunday of the opening weekend. “This year is drier.”Columbia River Coffee Company of the Battle Ground area is marking its 19th year.“Given the weather (cold with some rain), it was great,” owner Steven Cronbaugh said of sales, adding, “their favorite coffee vendor was down here.”Many paid tribute to St. Patrick on Sunday by sporting the emerald color.Five-year-old Kaiya Langseth of Vancouver was decked out with a shamrock headband and lei.“We like the elephant ears,” said Kaiya’s grandmother, Molly Zinda of Vancouver. “Really, we come for lunch, and sometimes we find flowers and vegetables.”Kaiya said her favorite is “getting my face painted.” She also had a brand-new balloon dog made by Jim Healey of Vancouver. No charge, but a donation is asked for those balloon animals.“I’d say dogs, overall, are the most popular,” Healey said of his creations. His stepson, Dominic Hunter, also is a balloon artist who works the market. Kaiya Langseth, 5, of Vancouver receives a balloon dog from balloon artist Jim Healey at the Vancouver Farmers Market on Sunday. Watching the happiness is her grandmother, Molly Zinda. Kaiya exclaimed, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day,” as Healey handed her the creation.last_img