These photos are from a couple weekends ago when we went to the Vancouver Farmer's Market, which is just across the river from us on the Washington side. There are several Farmer Market's in and around the Portland area, each one with different offerings and it's own uniqueness to it. The Vancouver one is great because, well, for one everything seems to be half the prices as it would be in Portland - those giant bouquets of flowers, were five and ten dollars! It is also right in the heart of downtown Vancouver, adjacent with a big park with a public fountain the kids can splash around in, and a huge play structure, right along the Columbia river. It's a great one to go to for families. I also just really like downtown Vancouver, which is ever growing more and more charming - if I wasn't such a diehard Oregonian I think it's the one place (around here) outside of Portland I'd consider moving. It has always had the feeling of being locked somewhere in the past, with a mid-century feel to it. Though it didn't always feel as lovely, as it did stagnant, but as more people have moved there and new businesses have moved in, it has really just brought to life the quiet charm of its mid-century-every-town-downtown vibe. Not to mention the river front isn't nearly as developed as the Portland side (Portland is what you see across the river in the photos), so there are tons of great views, walking and biking paths, the trains run along that side of the river, and it's great for watching the airplanes take off too. I live much closer to the airport (like 2 miles from it) but we're not in the flight path so we don't often get to see airplanes as much as those that live right along the river. We spent about an hour down there sitting on the bank eating ice cream, watching the sail boats and airplanes go by. It was a lovely day.