September Long Weekend often resonates as a bittersweet time for all of us here in the Creston Valley.

But this summer, September Long almost feels like a fresh start. That awful smoke has finally cleared out leaving our spirits high, and our souls rejuvenated. I had almost forgotten what a beautiful valley we live in!

September is also a true cornucopia for local produce as well. Fruit and veggies are abound this time of year, perfect for putting together healthy and colourful back-to-school lunches for the kids and back-to-work lunches for mom and dad.

I would highly recommend skipping the juice boxes for a glass of William Tells 100% natural apple juice or pure grape juice from Castle Meadows. Spectrum Farms always have a delicious assortment of freshly baked goods on top of their gorgeous produce (also the only vendor selling blackberries thus far!). Try Flamenco Farms for some melt in your mouth donuts or strawberry tarts. And Gluten Free Guilt is your go-to for breads and buns for anyone with gluten or dairy sensitivities.

Lana from Gluten Free Guilt has also created the perfect reusable food wrap to help keep leftovers fresh. She has tons of these sustainable alternatives to plastic bags in a variety of colours, known as “Little Lunchables”.

This is a market you just can’t miss. Check out the list below for a full overview of every vendor attending this week’s market:

  • Aprons With Pizzaz
  • Blueberry Patch Farms & Farm Girls Fresh Cut Flowers
  • Bootleg Mountain Soap Co
  • Brittany’s Flower Farm
  • Castle Meadows
  • Cookville Community Farm
  • Creston Fall Fair
  • Dave Did It
  • Dave the Rock Guy
  • Dragenfly Bags
  • Essential Elements
  • Evanly Creations
  • Flamenco Farms
  • Gluten Free Guilt
  • J&B Smagh Orchards
  • JRD Farms
  • Kootenay Cameos
  • Kootenay Copper
  • Make Your Mark Woodworks
  • Moondaughter Jewelry
  • Orde Creek Pottery
  • Patio Pals
  • Picnic Patch
  • Pretty Things for Little Girls
  • Pridham Studio
  • Purple House Farms
  • Red Bird Estate Winery
  • Red’s Jewellry
  • Riehl Farms
  • Rogers Crafts & Pats Baking
  • Root & Vine Acres
  • Skimmerhorn Studio
  • Spectrum Farm
  • Swan Valley Honey and Honey Bee Zen Apiaries
  • Tarzwell Farm
  • The Peppered Pig
  • The Steady Edge
  • Thistle Farm
  • Trails For Creston
  • Treasures From The Heart
  • Ute Bachinski Studio
  • William Tell
  • Wood’N Antler
  • Wynndel Craft Distillery
  • Wynnwood Cellars
  • Yellow Rose Soap Co
  • Yum Soaps