Outdoor season end, winter begins

Farmer's market set to end but more to come during the fall and winter.

Jessica Schwitek


The Golden farmers’ market has decided to come back for one last day outdoors this season on Oct. 15.

“Patty’s Greenhouse wanted one more, she has a lot of produce left. So I sent out an email asking some of the other vendors,” said organizer Lee Bedford. “The season really started three weeks late, so it makes sense to extend it a bit.”

Even after that, Bedford wants to make sure people know that the market will be continuing throughout the year. The winter season will kick off with a Christmas market on Dec. 17 at the RecPlex, and then there will be a monthly market on the last Saturday of each month from January to April.

The Golden Farmers’ Market mandate is ‘make it, bake it or grow it’.

“Although no fresh veggies are available at the winter market there is great food to be had. Honey, pickles, jams and jellies and lots of delicious home-baking are some of the food items that will be for sale. Soap, pottery, photography, handmade clothing and jewellery are other items that will be available,” said Bedford.

And after that, the summer season will begin again in June.

The summer season this year was a bit slower than usual says Bedford. They had fewer vendors, and the weather may have kept a few people away, but overall she is happy with the year.

“From what I saw we had a pretty good year. We’re getting more and more local people out, and we had a few tourists, though not as many. Mother Nature wasn’t as gracious with great weather on market days as she has been in the past. But, rain or shine we enjoyed steady attendance of locals and tourists.”

In August the market organized a special celebration for the local farmers. There was a cake, and local singer/songwriter John Jenkins sang ‘Ode to the Valley Farmer,  a song he composed especially for the event.

“The Golden Farmers’ Market would like to thank all the folks who made the trek to the market this past summer,” said Bedford. “It was our fifth year, and as in past years, continued to be a lively and fun event.”

Anyone who wishes to be sent a reminder of upcoming markets the day prior can sign up at info@goldenfarmersmarket.com.


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