Kamloops Regional Farmers' Market set to begin its season

The Saturday market will begin on April 17 and run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on St. Paul Street, between Second and Third avenues. The Wednesday farmers’ market will begin on May 5 and will run in the 400-block of Victoria Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 2021 season of the Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market will begin on Saturday, April 17, in the downtown core.

The Saturday markets will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on St. Paul Street, between Second and Third avenues, next to the Stuart Wood schoolhouse. The market will run every Saturday, rain or shine, until Oct. 30. The Wednesday farmers’ markets will begin on May 5 and will run in the 400-block of Victoria Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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As was the case in 2020, this year’s market will look different from previous years, due to pandemic-related gathering restrictions

Since farmers’ markets are considered an essential service under the ongoing state of emergency, they will continue to follow safety protocols outlined by the BC Centre of Disease Control.

Information on the market’s COVID-19 protocols can be found on the website at kamloopsfarmersmarket.com.

A change from last year is that masks this year are mandatory within the outdoor market area. For those who cannot wear a mask or who prefer to not enter the market area, curbside pickup will be available. Orders must be pre-arranged and prepaid with the vendors either directly or online at www.localline.com/kamloopsfarmersmarket.

Another change this year is the return of non-food vendors, who were not part of the market in 2020.

All products are made, baked or grown by vendors within B.C., the majority within a 100-kilometre radius of Kamloops. Here is a sample of what can be found:

• Potatoes, sunchokes, green garlic, parsnips, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, baby winter greens, onions and cabbage

• Jams, pickles and preserves

• Cheese

• Local honey

• Flowers and hanging baskets

• Fresh baking (breads, cookies, and sweets)

• Potted plants (strawberry, raspberry, indoor plants, etc.)

• A variety of meats (frozen cuts, ground beef, sausages, smokies and jerky)

• Bedding plants, starter plants and seeds

• Soaps and beauty products

- Farm fresh eggs

• Handmade quilts and paintings

• Fresh herbs

• Hand-crafted jewelry

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