Markets return to Columbia Valley

Farmers markets are back for the season

Submitted by Marius Hoofd

Farmers markets in the East Kootenay are huge weekly attractions during the summer months and part of a tradition in rural B.C. for more than a century. No matter how small or large they might be, they draw enthusiastic crowds.

Visitors to farmers markets come for the season’s best home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs which are beautifully displayed in colourful stalls, alongside local meats, eggs, home-baked breads, buns, cakes, jams, pickles, and even delicious local honey. Some markets sell farm-fresh eggs and locally-produced meats and cheeses as well.

Farmers markets offer much more, though. You can spend a delightful hour or two browsing the displays of paintings, photography, hand-made soaps and lotions, sewing, knitting, ceramics, woodworking, glassware and more.

Here’s the valley schedule for markets:

  • Windermere Agri Park Farmers Market at the Crossroads runs every Wednesday until Sept. 2 from 5 to 7:30 p.m..
  • Radium Market on Main runs Fridays from June 26 to Sept. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m..
  • Invermere Farmers and Artists Market runs Saturdays from June 13 to Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
  • Fairmont Farmers Market runs Sundays from June 28 to Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
  • Spillimacheen Gardeners Market runs Saturdays in the summer. Times TBD.
  • Canal Flats market runs Sundays from June 28 to Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..

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