Gobble Gobble, Crestonites!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this year, the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market has been thankful for such a fantastic outdoor season. Here are a few of this year’s highlights:

  • April 28th Market – Our earliest outdoor market EVER. A small but mighty group of dedicated vendors kicked off the start of the market’s outdoor season.
  • Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program Expansion – The provincially funded FMNCP has expanded by $750,000 over the course of two years in 2018! With the increase in funding, communities across BC were able to provide lower income families, pregnant women, and seniors with an extra $6 in coupons to spend on healthy, local food every week. This was a win-win for our communities, farmers, and markets all around.
  • Red Bird Estate Winery joins the CVFM – We were so excited to welcome Red Bird Estate Winery to the market in mid-June. This is Creston’s 4th local winery and we are eager to see where the 2019 season takes them. Red Bird Estate Winery will be joining us for our last outdoor market and indoor markets closer to Christmas.
  • Brittany’s Flower Farm – As many of you know, Brenda with Wynndel Lavender decided to retire from retirement this season, leaving the market a little less colourful and a little less aromatic. In mid-July we were overjoyed to welcome local florist Brittany Tilling, to the market with her locally grown, hand picked flower bouquets. Be sure to pick up a
  • July 28 Market – Our largest market ever with 61 unique vendors!! Wow this day was packed to the brim with excitement. We had 30 Farm and Food vendors, 21 Artisans, 4 Wine & Spirits, 4 Community Booths, and live music featuring the ever talented Marybeth Stenhouse. Heartbeets Catering and the Peppered Pig Food Truck were also on site serving up some tasty tacos and mouthwatering sausages. Overall it was a sensory overload (in the best way) with so much to see, smell, listen to, and do!
  • Rapid Market Assessments – We ran a number of rapid market assessments this summer to collect valuable data on a range of customer attributes, such as origin, transportation methods, and dollars spent. This information is important when applying for grants and other community funding and can help us make positive adjustments at the market to better serve everyone involved.
  • The 100th Annual Creston Fall Fair Market – This was a very special Saturday for the entire a community, commemorating a n entire century of local food producers, artisans, musicians, and other local talent. Of course it was fitting that the market hosted its largest number of vendors to date, too!
  • October 6 Market – Now here we are at our last outdoor market. Keep reading for an exciting surprise we have for our loyal customers…

Did we miss anything? What were your favourite memories from the outdoor market season this year? What would you like to see next? Connect with us here, on facebook, by email at cvfarmersmarket@gmail.com or by phone art 250-254-1594 to share your ideas! Or better yet, join us this Saturday as we will be running a Thanksgiving Giveaway contest at the market and one lucky customer will win $50 in market bucks!

The contest details:
1. Pick up a market pass at the Farmers’ Market shed this Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Market runs from 10-1)
2. Fill in your name and contact information.
3. Each vendor will be given a unique stamp. Shop at four DIFFERENT vendors, collecting stamps at each one your market pass.
4. Return your completed market pass to the drop box at the shed.
5. The lucky winner will be drawn at 1pm, and contacted shortly after.

GOOD LUCK and HAPPY SHOPPING!

Looking forward, we are very excited to be spending our Saturday’s up at the Creston & District Community Complex every week until December 22. We are hoping the switch from Sundays last year to Saturday’s this year will encourage more of you to join us week to week. Can’t wait to see you there!

Before you go, take a quick peak at this week’s list of die-hard vendors.

  • Brittany’s Flower Farm
  • Cartwheel Farm
  • Deanna’s Scrollworks
  • Dragenfly Bags
  • Evanly Creations
  • Flamenco Farms
  • Gluten Free Guilt
  • Iron Skillet
  • J&B Smagh Orchards
  • Kootenay Copper
  • Kootenay Natural Meats
  • Make Your Mark Woodworks
  • Moondaughter Jewelry
  • Mustard and Spice Chef
  • Nutty Bavarian
  • Orde Creek Pottery
  • Patio Pals
  • Purple House Farms
  • Red Bird Estate Winery
  • Red’s Jewellry
  • Root & Vine Acres
  • Spectrum Farm
  • Sutcliffe Farms
  • Swan Valley Honey and Honey Bee Zen Apiaries
  • Sweet Turtle Chocolates
  • Tarzwell Farms
  • The Steady Edge
  • Thistle Farm
  • Trails For Creston
  • Ute Bachinski Studio
  • William Tell
  • Wynndel Craft Distillery
  • Wynnwood Cellars
  • Yellow Rose Soap Co
  • Yum Soaps