Halfway through June and the market is busier than ever. This Saturday is expected to be a toaster, and the fruit trees and plants in our valley are soaking up that sun after a cool, dry spring. While cherries, peaches, and plums won’t be making an appearance until later in the summer, a little red berry will be a sight for sore eyes and anyone neglecting their sweet tooth.

It’s Strawberry Season!

Flamenco Farms selling fresh pricked strawberries.

Personally, I only have a couple small strawberry plants of my own and can hardly resist plucking one off the stem as soon as they begin to turn that vibrant shade of red. One or two little (and usually under-ripe) strawberries at a time just won’t cut it, so I was thrilled last week when Flamenco Farms decided to return to the market a week early with freshly picked strawberries! Did you know they planted 7000 new strawberry plants at their farm this spring? This family is dedicated to providing this Valley with an incredible diversity of produce, baking, and canned goods.

Speaking of family, this weekend we will be celebrating the special father figures in our lives. The market is a perfect place to spend some quality time with dad or to pick up ingredients and gifts to make Sunday extra special for him!

Local artist Bruce Paterson will be set up right across from the market shed with a wide variety of his work spanning multiple genres. From iconic sketches of the grain elevators to quirky “alien” like illustrations, Dad would might also appreciate a copy of Bruce’s Kootenay Cameos illustrating the history of the West Kootenays.

Dad may also be interested in The Man Called Red, an autobiography of local guide and outfitter N. B. “Red” Sorensen. Here is an excerpt to peak your interest:

AT 2 MONTHS OLD A HORSE ALMOST TAKES HIS LIFE
Horses become part of his livelihood for the next 60 years.Follow a boy who works alongside German prisoners of war.
At 15, runs away with the circus. 
Travel the adventure trail to be a Cowboy in the Chilcotin in the heart of the Caribou.
Venture’s to the Peace River Country, to become a Forest Ranger. 
Is instrumental, sending a politician to jail.
Faces the wilderness, with his young wife, with 2 small children, to build a homestead into a ranching enterprise, 24 miles back in the mountains from the nearest road. 
Trades their ranch for the farthest ranching operation in northern British Columbia, on the Alaska Highway. 
Has a horse save his life from drowning. 
Buys a Hunting area, becomes one of the most successful Big Game Outfitter in North America.
Walks away from 4 major airplane crashes.
Undergoes hunters adventures in pursuit of Mt. Sheep, Moose, Mt. Caribou, Mt. Goat, Grizzly and Black Bear.
Crosses the Berlin Wall.
All with a wife that stood by him, through thick and thin.

Whatever you choose to give dad for Fathers’ day we hope you get out and enjoy this gorgeous valley and all it has to offer this weekend!

Here is the complete list of vendors joining us at the market this Saturday:

  • 55+ BC Games
  • Aprons With Pizzaz
  • Brittany’s Flower Farm
  • Cedar Frond Crochet
  • Cookville Community Farm
  • Creston Museum
  • Creston Public Library
  • Dragenfly Bags
  • Elissa June Studio
  • Flamenco Farms
  • Frei-Loader Farms
  • Gluten Free Guilt
  • Ki Mana Acres
  • Kootenay Cameos
  • Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre
  • Krafty Karen’s Crafts
  • Lorr’s Line
  • No’s Orchard
  • Omi’s Brittle
  • Order Creek Pottery
  • Patio Pals
  • Pridham Studio
  • Purple House Farms
  • Rainika Photography
  • Raise Em’ Up Ranch
  • Red Bird Estate Winery
  • Root & Vine Acres
  • Spectrum Farm
  • Tarzwell Farms
  • The Chuckwagon
  • The Man Called Red
  • The Peppered Pig
  • The Steady Edge
  • The Warping Board
  • William Tell
  • Wynndel Craft Distillery
  • Wynnwood Cellars Estate Winery
  • Yellow Rose Soap Co.