Farm fresh, close to home—here’s a list of all the farmers markets in the Kootenay region

Supermarket prices can’t beat buying local at these Kootenay farmers markets

A woman's hands hold an eggplant at a farmers market stall. A chalk sign reads

Go green and buy local. Visit a market near you to find the freshest food available. — Photo courtesy Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock.

Farmers markets are a way of connecting with our communities and supporting local farmers and artists. The best thing about these markets is being able to know where your product came from and being able to talk with the maker or grower behind it.

The markets also offer new and exciting produce (fiddleheads anyone?), organic beauty products, live music and the perfect place to buy unique gifts for your loved ones (or yourself).

Below is a list of farmers markets that can be found around the Kootenay region, in alphabetical order. You can refer to the websites for information about special events, featured performers and more.

Castlegar (Castlegar Craft and Farmers Market)

When: The Castlegar Craft and Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They start in May, weather permitting.
Where: The market is located at the Castlegar Station Museum, 400 - 13th Ave. in downtown Castlegar.
Vendor information: To become a vendor, message the Castlegar Craft and Farmers Market team on their Facebook page.

Cranbrook (Cranbrook Farmers Market)

When: The Cranbrook farmers market is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and runs from late May through October (opens at 10 a.m. starting in September). Winter markets (October until May) happen bi-weekly from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring markets (May through mid-June) start at 10 a.m. as well.
Where: The Summer markets are held on 10th Ave. South. The Winter and Spring events are held at the Ktunaxa gym (220 Cranbrook St. N).
Vendor information: A list of participating vendors can be found here.

A picture of the Cranbrook, B.C. farmers market.

Newbies and regulars attend the Saturday markets in Cranbrook, B.C. — Photo by Kerry Shellborn.

Creston (Creston Valley Farmers Market)

When: The Creston Valley Farmers Market runs from May to October. It's held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The market is located next to the Chamber of Commerce (Visitors Centre) in downtown Creston.
Vendor information: A list of current participating vendors can be found here. It includes both farmers and local artists.

A picture of the Creston, B.C. farmers market.

There is always a huge turnout for the market in Creston, B.C. — Photo by Kerry Shellborn.

Elkford (River View Market)

When: The River View Market takes place on Wednesdays throughout July and August from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: The market is held at the corner of Hwy. 43 and Camp Rd.
Vendor information: To become a vendor at River View Market, follow this link.

Fernie (Fernie Mountain Market)

When: The Fernie Mountain Market runs Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with additional Summer Social markets on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The market is held from July to September.
Where: The Sunday Mountain Market is in Rotary Park, just off Highway 3, while the Summer Social markets are located in downtown Fernie by the Arts Station.
Vendor information: To qualify to be a vendor at this market, follow this link.

Golden (Golden Farmers Market)

When: The Golden Farmers Market runs on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon until 5 p.m. The market takes place mid-June through August.
Where: Wednesday markets are located at 511 Main St. and Saturdays at Spirit Square, both in downtown Golden.
Vendor information: Visit the Golden Farmers Market website to learn more about the market or to apply to be a vendor.

Grand Forks (Grand Forks Farmers Market)

When: The Grand Forks Farmers Market runs Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The market starts May long weekend and continues until Thanksgiving long weekend.
Where: The market is located at Gyro Park in downtown Grand Forks, 7370 - 5th St.
Vendor information: To apply to become a vendor, message the market co-ordinators via their Facebook page.

Invermere (Invermere Farmers Market)

When: The Invermere Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market starts mid-June and continues until mid-September.
Where: The market is behind the Blue Dog Café, at 7th Ave. and 12th St.
Vendor information: The market is a partnership between the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 and the District of Invermere. Their website features a list of current vendors and a place for future vendors to apply.

Carrots and radishes spread on a table.

Fresh and organic, this produce can't be beat. — Photo Courtesy Ron J. Gorman.

Jaffray (Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers Market)

When: The Jaffray-Baynes Lake Market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning mid-June, the market continues until the end of August.
Where: The market takes place at the Baynes Lake Community Centre, just south of Jaffray.
Vendor information: Many food trucks and unique vendors take part in the weekly event. To become a vendor, contact the organizers at 250-429-3519.

Kaslo (Kaslo Saturday Market)

When: Kalso Saturday Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs from mid-June through September.
Where: The market takes place at 450 Front St. in downtown Kaslo.
Vendor information: To become a vendor at the Kaslo Saturday Market, contact the market co-ordinators at [email protected].

Kimberley (Kimberley Farmers Market)

When: The Kimberley Farmers Market runs Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The market starts in July and continues until mid-September.
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.

Nelson (Nelson Farmers Market)

When: The Nelson Farmers Market operates Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and runs mid-June through September.
Where: The market is located on Baker Street in downtown Nelson.
Vendor information: To apply to become a vendor, the forms are located here. The same vendors can also attend the Cottonwood Community Market on Saturdays throughout the summer.

New Denver (New Denver Friday Market)

When: New Denver Friday Market runs Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market begins in June and continues until October.
Where: The market is located on the corner of 6th Ave. and Kildare St. in downtown New Denver.
Vendor information: To become a vendor, email [email protected].

Radium (Market and Music on Main)

When: Market and Music on Main runs Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. from mid-June to September. Musical guests perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The market takes place on Main St. East in front of the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre.
Vendor information: To become a vendor at Market on Main, apply via email to [email protected].

A picture of the Radium, B.C. farmers market.

Radium's market does double duty with its market and musical performances. — Photo by Marie Milner.

Revelstoke (Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market)

When: Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market takes place on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and runs from May through mid-October.
Where: The market is located at Grizzly Plaza (Mackenzie Ave. and 1st St.).
Vendor information:  For more information about the market or to apply to become a vendor, email the market manager at [email protected].

Rock Creek (Rock Creek Farmers Market)

When: The Rock Creek Farmers Market operates Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and runs from the May long weekend to the Thanksgiving long weekend.
Where: The market is located on Highway 3 in Rock Creek.
Vendor information: To become a vendor, apply online. There are usually around 20 vendors per week. The list of regulars is posted on their website.

Rossland (Rossland Mountain Market)

When: Rossland Mountain Market runs Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The market usually begins in June and continues until October.
Where: The market is located downtown at the corner of Columbia Ave. and Queen St.
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.

Salmo (Salmo Valley Farmers Market)

When: The Salmo Valley Farmers Market operates Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and runs July through September.
Where: The market is located at KP Park beside the Royal Canadian Legion branch.
Vendor information: Market managers can be contacted via email with questions regarding vendors. Their Facebook page also highlights featured artists.

Sparwood (Sparwood Farmers Market)

When: The Sparwood Farmers Market takes place Friday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and runs from the end of June until the beginning of September.
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.

Windermere (Agri Park Market)

When: Agri Park Market takes place on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and runs from the end of June until the end of August.
Where: The park can be found between Town and Country Feeds and the Columbia Valley Chamber or Commerce.
Vendor information: For more information about the market or how to become a vendor, visit the market's Facebook page.

If any of the market information is incorrect or you know of a market that should be added, please contact us or email [email protected]. This list is intended for informational purposes only. For more information, contact the market managers for definite times and locations.

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Carrots, cucumbers and pickles in separate bins.

Tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers, oh my! — Photo courtesy Dawson Creek farmers market.

 

Zoë Dupley

Zoë Dupley hopes to share her love of storytelling, and properly communicate the passions of those she interviews. When she isn't hiking in the Rocky Mountains, she is working on her latest sewing project or reading The Lord of the Rings. View all of Zoë Dupley’s articles

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