Peachland Farmers and Crafters Market

Sourdough bread, coffee, clothing, jewelry – it’ll all be at Heritage Park starting at 10 a.m. May 30 for the first farmer’s market of the year in Peachland.

From vendor to vice president and now, head of a new non profit group running the Peachland market, Frances Callaghan has been involved with the Peachland market for years. She says to expect your old favourites, plus some new faces.

“We’re bringing in a baker this year, so we’ll have fresh sourdough bread and some other goodies. And then some new vendors this year – we actually have a coffee guy coming in who will do specialty coffees ad lemonade and orange juice. We have a good mix, and once the produce starts coming up more, we’ll have more farmers of course. We’re excited to see a good array of different things that you can get.”

With the retirement of former market president Karen Onrait Casper (don’t worry, she’ll still be selling her jams and George will be there with his charcuterie boards and pet feeders!), Callaghnan says they were looking at ways to keep the market running.

“So I just said well, do you mind if I start a new society (the Okanagan Community Market Association) and start running the Peachland Farmers Market? So that’s how it started and we kept Linda on as the manager. It’s a great little market and I just couldn’t see it disappearing.”

About 45 vendors will be setting up at Heritage Park Sunday, and the number will increase, as Callaghan mentioned, when local farmers start harvesting more produce.

“We’ll have some buskers coming in – this Sunday we have a young couple called the Treehuggers who have been at a couple of the other markets.”

She says they’ve performed at the Vernon and Kelowna markets (which she also runs).

“It’s nice to bring that ambience into the market with the music,” Callaghan says. 

“There’s something about it – it just brings people into a happy mood.”

She says this Sunday will be a little different setting up, as the concrete has just been poured for the splash pad, right beside the playground. 

“We’ve had to shift the market over a bit – the District has been great working with us on this.”

There will be the usual COVID-era stuff – one way traffic, hand sanitizing stations, etc.

The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

 

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A wrap-up from 2020:

They were one of the few farmers markets to open in 2020 and now, those who made the market possible want to thank everyone for their support.

In a letter that’s part of the agenda package for the Nov. 10, 2020 council meeting, market president Karen Onrait-Casper says the work of District staff, and the approval of the Mayor and councillors in allowing the market to use extra parking spaces and signage, made making a safe set-up a lot easier. And community volunteers, including those from BEEPS and the Chamber of Commerce, were the reasons behind the market’s success during a difficult year:

“Without those volunteers we would have been unable to operate this year. It was a pleasure working with all of them and we are

Opening day June 14 was rainy, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm for the market – it was a busy summer, everything considered!

grateful for their support during this unique year. Our market was one of the few in the valley to open this year and our vendors were happy to attend it. It was an exceedingly difficult season for many of the valley’s farmers and small producers, so we were glad that we were able to supply a safe venue for them. The over 25,000 local and tourist visitors to the market this year were also appreciative of the chance to attend the market plus enjoy the shops, restaurants and all the other Peachland activities that were open. Again, THANK YOU for working with us to safely help our local economy for the sixteen weeks we were able to open this year!

You can check out their website and Facebook page.

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See May 25, 2020 story: Peachland Farmers Market could be back next month

Written by Kristen Friesen

May 29, 2020

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