Gearing up for farmers market season across the Kootenays

Spring in the Kootenays means farmers market season! Check out our list of area markets.

by Julie Matchett
Vendors at Revelstoke Food Initiative Market.

With warmer weather comes farmers market season. A common sight across the Kootenays, vendors at Revelstoke's Local Food Initiative Market are setting up shop. (photo taken in pre-pandemic time.) — Photo courtesy Revelstoke Local Food Initiative Facebook page

The merry month of May has arrived in the Kootenays. Along with longer days, warm sunshine and the drone of neighbourhood lawnmowers comes the start of the growing season in earnest.

In communities across the Kootenays, another welcome sign of spring is ramping up—farmers market season. A stroll through any market is a true feast for the senses: the enticing aroma of freshly baked goodies, the bright, vibrant colours that greet the eye in the form of locally-grown fruit and vegetables, the sounds of laughter and excited chatter from vendors and customers alike. A vital and valued part of the local economy, these markets bring together farmers, food producers, artisans and craftspeople from across the region and help to create healthy and sustainable communities for all.

Just in time for the opening of many markets across the region, the B.C. provincial government recently updated its COVID-19 restrictions and announced that, once again, local artisans and flower growers will be allowed to sell their products at markets for the 2021 season. This is welcome news for non-food vendors as they were restricted from selling at markets last year.

Check out our list of farmers markets across the Kootenays:

Close-up of microgreens with handwritten sign.

Find fresh, healthy, locally grown microgreens at farmers markets. — Photo courtesy Miche Warwick

EAST KOOTENAY

Visit the Cranbrook Farmers Market

Held Saturday mornings on 10th Avenue in downtown Cranbrook, the Cranbrook Farmers Market brings together a variety of vendors and entertainers including farmers, growers, food concessions, artisans and local musicians.

When:

  • Spring Market — May 1 to June 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Summer Market — June 26 to September 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Fall Market — September 11 to October 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Winter Market — November 27 to 28, hours to be determined

There is also an online Farmers Market store, with both pickup and delivery available.

Where: The markets are held on 10th Avenue South by Rotary Park.

Vendor information: A list of participating vendors for the 2021 season can be found here. Interested in becoming a vendor at the Cranbrook Farmers Market? Apply here.

Visit the Fernie Mountain Market

Fernie’s beautiful downtown meeting space, Rotary Park, is home to the Mountain Market on Sundays during July, August and September. Many regular vendors are also selling their wares both online and in-store via the Local Store, a community-run initiative enabling local food sales throughout the year.

Fresh flowers on display at market.

Thanks to updated COVID restrictions, non-food vendors and flower growers are welcome back to this year's market scene. — Photo courtesy Fernie Mountain Market

When: The Fernie Mountain Market runs Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting July 4 until September 13, 2021.

Where: The Sunday Mountain Market is held in Rotary Park, just off Highway 3.

Vendor information: Interested in becoming a vendor at the Fernie Mountain Market? This page tells you everything you need to know.

Visit the Golden Farmers Market

Golden’s Wednesday and Saturday markets are a popular fixture for both tourists and locals alike. Held at the beautiful Spirit Square Plaza in downtown Golden, the markets bring a vibrant and diverse community of vendors together.

When: The Golden Farmers Market runs on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting June 16 and running to September 29. The first Saturday market of 2021 will be held on May 22 from 11 a..m to 3 p.m., with the following dates also scheduled: July 3, July 31, September 4 and October 9.

Online shopping is also available for customers with both pickup and delivery available.

Where: Wednesday and Saturday markets are located at Spirit Square in downtown Golden, located on 8th Avenue North.

Vendor information: Visit the Golden Farmers Market website to learn more about the market or to apply to be a vendor.

Visit the Invermere Farmers and Artists Market

Discover the Invermere Farmers and Artists Market, bringing together local vendors and valley products for all.

When: The Invermere Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first market of the 2021 season will be held on June 12, running through to September 11. There is also a virtual marketplace where customers can buy directly from many of the vendors.

Where: The market is located in the large parking area behind the BMO Bank in Invermere, 1241 7th Avenue.

Vendor information: Interested vendors can find an application form and information on our website.

Visit the Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers Market

Enjoy a beautiful countryside location while you browse the vendor stalls at the Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers Market. 

When: The Market starts on Saturday, June 19th and will be held every Saturday throughout the summer to September 4th. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Baynes Lake Community Hall, 468 Jaffray-Baynes Lake Road

Vendor information: Interested vendors can send an email to [email protected] for more information. 

Visit the Kimberley Farmers Market

On Thursday evenings, Howard Street in downtown Kimberley comes alive with the colourful sights and sounds offered by local farmers, food producers, wildcrafters and musicians.

When: The Kimberley Farmers Market runs Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The market starts on June 17 and runs until September 16, 2021.

Where: The market is located on Howard Street in downtown Kimberley, between Deer Park and Boundary.

Vendor information: If you want to become a vendor, guidelines and application forms can be found on the market's website.

View of cucumber house.

The cucumber house at Happy Hills Farm is brimming with healthy and abundant plants which will soon be available in local markets. — Photo courtesy Miche Warwick

Visit the Sparwood Farmers Market

The Sparwood Farmers Market brings together local artisans, crafters, farmers, butchers and bakers from across the region.

When: The Sparwood Farmers Market takes place Friday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and runs from June 25 to September 3, 2021.

Where: The market is held at Titan Park, next to the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce. It’s usually right beside the iconic green mining truck.

Vendor information: Here is a list of regular vendors that attend the Sparwood Farmers Market. To become a vendor, apply on the market’s website.

Visit the Windermere Agri Park Market

In their fifth season, the Windermere Agri Park Market provides visitors with locally-grown produce, jams, jellies, delicious baked goods and so much more.

When: The Agri Park Market takes place on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The 2021 market season starts on May 19 and runs until September 8.

Where: The Agri Park is located at the crossroads of Highway 95 and Cooper Road.

Vendor information: For more information about the market or how to become a vendor, visit the market's Facebook page.

WEST KOOTENAY

Visit the Castlegar Craft and Farmers Market

Castlegar’s Craft and Farmers Market highlights the talents and hard work of local food producers and artisans.

When: The Castlegar Craft and Farmers Market officially kicked off its 2021 season on April 17. Currently the market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please visit their Facebook page for updates.

Where: The market is located at the Castlegar Station Museum, 400 - 13th Avenue in downtown Castlegar.

Vendor information: To become a vendor, message the Castlegar Craft and Farmers Market team on their Facebook page. Due to COVID protocols, we cannot accept vendors from outside our health district.

Visit the Creston Valley Farmers Market

The Creston Valley Farmers' Market offers a unique community made up of local growers, artisans, craftspeople and entertainers.

When: The Creston Valley Farmers Market runs from April 24 to October 9, 2021. It's held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: The market is located behind the Chamber of Commerce (Visitors Centre) in downtown Creston—111 Northwest Boulevard.

Vendor information: A list of current participating vendors can be found here. If you are a vendor and interested in becoming involved with the Creston Valley Farmers Market, please apply via our application form.

Visit the Grand Forks Farmers Market

On Tuesday and Friday afternoons, the Grand Forks Farmers Market sets up in beautiful Gyro Park. Home to a wide range of farm and food vendors, artisans and craftspeople, the market is a popular fixture in the downtown area.

When: The Grand Forks Farmers Market runs Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The first market of the 2021 season starts on May 4 and runs through October.

Where: The market is located at Gyro Park in downtown Grand Forks, 7370 - 5th Street.

Vendor information: A list of the 2021 vendors can be found here. If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, please visit our vendor information page.

Visit the Kaslo Saturday Market

Kaslo’s fun and vibrant Saturday Markets, held at the Front Street Park in the downtown core, are filled with products from local farmers and vendors. 

When: The Kalso Saturday Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 2021 market runs from June 12 until September 25.

Where: The market takes place at 450 Front Street in downtown Kaslo.

Vendor information: Interested in becoming a vendor at the Kaslo Saturday Market? Our application form and information can be found here.

Visit the Nakusp Farmers Market

Located a block away from Nakusp’s beautiful waterfront walkway, the Nakusp Farmers Market brightens up Saturdays morning with a colourful display of local produce and wares.

When: The Nakusp Farmers Market runs on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 2021 dates are still to be determined.

Where: The market is located next to Save-on-Foods at Broadway Street and 6th Avenue.

View of colourful peppers.

Kootenay farmers markets are peppered with bright and vibrant sights! — Photo courtesy Castlegar Craft and Farmers Market page

Vendor information: Please visit our website and fill out an application.

Visit the Nelson Farmers Market

Cottonwood Falls Park in Nelson is the place to be on Wednesdays and Saturdays when it plays host to the popular Nelson Farmers Market.

When: The Nelson Farmers Market operates Saturdays, starting May 9, 2021—hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Market also runs on Wednesdays, starting May 19, from noon to 6 p.m.

Where: The market is located at Cottonwood Falls Park, 199 Carbonate Street.

Vendor information: A sampling of some of the 2021 vendors, plus information and application to become a vendor, can be found here.

Visit the New Denver Friday Market

Colourful, locally grown fruits and veggies, the enticing aroma of freshly baked artisan breads, the lively sound of excited chatter from vendors and customers alike—the New Denver Friday Market is a feast for the senses and not to be missed.

When: New Denver Friday Market runs Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 2021 market season begins June 4 and runs until September 24.

Where: The market is located on the corner of 6th Avenue and Kildare Street in downtown New Denver.

Vendor information: To become a vendor, email [email protected].

Visit the Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market

Saturday mornings come alive in Revelstoke. Enjoy the lively buzz and commotion of a busy grassroots market where vendors 100 per cent make, bake or grow their products.

When: Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market takes place on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and runs from May 1 through mid-October.

Where: The market is located at the Revelstoke Secondary School parking lot, 301 Tenth St E.

Vendor information: For more information about the market or to apply to become a vendor, visit this page.

Visit the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative Market

The mandate of the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative is to celebrate local food. Outdoor markets are held Saturdays at beautiful Centennial Park.

When: The 2021 season officially kicked off on April 24. Markets are held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 16. Products from vendors can also be purchased online via their market store.

Where: Markets are held at Centennial Park, 1016 Centennial Park Drive.

Vendor information: Interested farmers, food producers and artisans are welcome to fill out a vendor application online for the 2021 season.

Veggies and fruit in rows.

A cornucopia of colour, the fruit and produce that can be found at local farmers markets rivals that of any grocery store. — Photo courtesy Creston Valley Farmers Market Facebook page

Visit the Rossland Mountain Market

Rossland’s Mountain Market celebrates all that is great: locally-grown food, handcrafted wares and a warm and inviting small-town atmosphere.

When: The Rossland Mountain Market runs Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Summer 2021 market dates are still being determined.

Where: The market is located downtown at the corner of Columbia Avenue and Queen Street.

Vendor information: Applications for vendors are found on the market's website. The applications are the same if you want to be a regular or part-time vendor.

Visit the Salmo Valley Farmers Market

The Salmo Valley Farmers Market Society offers a fun and family-friendly market atmosphere for both visitors and locals.

When: The Salmo Valley Farmers Market starts its 2021 season on Thursdays from June 24 to September 16. Hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: The market is located at KP Park, 215 Sayward Avenue.

Vendor information: The Market manager can be contacted via email with questions regarding vendors. See their Facebook page for vendors.

Visit the Trail IncEDIBLE Farmers Market

Trail’s volunteer-run community market offers everything from fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables to craft liqueurs, eclectic jewelry and handmade clothing.

When: The Trail IncrEDIBLE Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting May 8 until October 23, 2021. A selection of wares from local vendors is also available via their online shopping website.

Where: The market is located in the 1300 block of Cedar Ave and is pedestrian-friendly.

Vendor information: Potential vendors are welcome to fill out an application form via our website. Find a list of our current vendors here.

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