Opening day of the 2019 Kamloops Farmers’ Market is Saturday, April 20.
The market will be open in the 200-block of St. Paul Street downtown from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will continue each Saturday through Oct. 26.
The Wednesday farmers’ market will begin on May 1 outside the TNRD Building, downtown at Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue, and will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 30.
Market organizers have received more than 100 vendor applications, with about 60 vendors expected to be on site this Saturday. Included in that group will be farmers, those with prepared food, artisans and those operating home-based businesses.
“All products are made, baked or grown by our vendors within B.C., the majority within a 100-kilometre radius of Kamloops,” market manager Greg Unger said.
The market will again feature a number of special events, including the annual Tomato Festival in September and new collaborations with the Downtown Kamloops association and other community groups.
A significant change at the market this year is the decision to not hand out plastic shopping bags to customers.
Market patrons are encouraged to bring re-usable bags or baskets. For those who do not have a re-usable bag, the farmers’ market information booth will have cloth bags for sale.
In addition, the information booth will feature a need-a-bag, leave-a-bag exchange of re-usable bags.
As for products, here is what customers can expect to see when visiting the market this Saturday:
• Potatoes, sunchokes, green garlic, parsnips, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, baby winter greens, onions and cabbage;
• Jams, pickles and preserves;
• local honey;
• flowers and hanging baskets;
• fresh herbs;
• fresh baking, including breads, cookies and sweets;
• potted plants, including strawberry, raspberry, tomato and pepper;
• a variety of meats, including frozen cuts, ground beef, sausages, smokies and jerky;
• bedding plants, starter plants and seeds;
• soaps and beauty products;
• farm fresh eggs;
• hand-made quilts and paintings;
• hand-crafted jewelry.