Invermere Farmers and Artists Market is preparing for the beginning of the farmers market season. The first day of the 2016 market is Saturday June 11th.

The market last year had 65 vendors each week and Ken Carlow of the Royal Canadian Legion said this year there is more.

Its everything from produce to things people have made, jewellery people have made, all the historical market folks are there, the ones that have been there for many years, said Mr. Carlow.

The downtown farmers market is a great place for both locals and tourists to visit during the summer. Invermere mayor Gerry Taft said its a great social activity and brings everybody downtown on Saturday mornings.

In the busy period in the summer theres literally thousands of people there. So the streets are just wall-to -wall people, lots of music, artist busking. Theres freshly squeezed lemonade, a lot of fruit and produce so its a pretty happening place, said Mr. Taft.

There was an attempt for a market to go to the cross roads and then there was the market downtown. I think what that experience kind of came up with was how important the downtown is to the market and how important the market is to downtown, just that people want to come downtown even if theyre coming from the other side of the lake, said Mr. Taft.

That experience of coming into the town and walking around and then often people go to lunch, go to the beach, do things after so its kind of all part of the package.

The market this year will run from Saturday, June 11th to Saturday, September 10th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor at the Invermere Farmers and Artist market can register online or they can go to the Legion to get a hard copy of the vendors application.