To kick off our first weekly Vendor Spotlight, it seemed like an obvious choice to feature Wendy McNamar of Kootenay Natural Meats! If you don’t already know Wendy personally, you have most likely seen her every second week at her usual stall underneath the Canada flag. She is a champion for food security here in Creston and across the Kootenays. Somehow she manages to attend multiple farmers’ markets a week, serve on numerous boards and associations, grow and raise happy and healthy animals on her farm, and look good doing it. Wendy, you are an absolute inspiration and we love being a small part of all that you do!

In addition to the beef, pork, lamb, and poultry she raises on her farm you can always find free range eggs, and if you are lucky, a jar of 100% natural unpasteurized honey at her market stall. Get in touch with Wendy to schedule a special order pick-up at the market. As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, Wendy reminds you to get your name on the list for a healthy, nutrient dense, and undeniably tasty turkey before they are sold out.

You’ll find Wendy’s current market schedule on her website but we’ve also outlined the next few weeks of markets below. She is a busy lady! We are looking forward to her return to her hometown market in early October. Until then find her at:

  • September 19 – Nelson Farmers’ Market
  • September 24 – Happy Hills Farm Stand
  • September 26 – Nelson Farmers’ Market

When she’s not able to attend our weekly market, she still offers Creston locals delivery or pick-up service with a full selection of her products available on her website or LocalLine.

Visit www.kootenaynaturalmeats.com for more information!

To wrap things up with Wendy, we asked her if she could pinpoint one of her favourite aspects of vending here at the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market. To no surprise, she answered “the people,” (we couldn’t agree more!). However, it was a great surprise when I opened up my email to find a follow up from Wendy later that evening.

“Thinking a little bit further on your interview question for me today about what I like best about the market. My answer is still the people.  But further to that, I have always called my fellow market vendors my “market family” as we get to know each other a little more each week. I also value our regular market goers that support us each week.  We get to know each other on a more personal level as time goes on which forms really strong relationships in our community.”

Wendy McNamar

This illustrates the unrelenting dedication and true passion that Wendy gives to her customers and community around the clock. Not only do Wendy and her husband Dale grow their own feed, manage their own pastures and raise healthy, happy cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys, and rabbits (and dogs, cats, and horses, too!), the McNamars also volunteer and serve on numerous boards and associations within our community.

The best way to catch Wendy is Saturday at the market, however she is also quick to respond by email at info@kootenaynaturalmeats.com and is active on both facebook and instagram. Give her a follow on both accounts so you can stay up-to-date and entertained with market schedules, inventory updates, and perhaps most importantly, animal and farm pics! A must see is the story of Wilbur the pig, whom Wendy bottle-fed and nurtured back to health as a young piglet. Wilbur is currently in the delves of an identity crisis, unsure of whether he self-identifies as a sheep or a dog!

That’s it for this week’s vendor spotlight! Thank you Wendy for being such a gracious first participant.