The Golden Farmers Market ends for the season

As summertime comes to an end, so does the Golden Farmers Market.

As summertime comes to an end, so does the Golden Farmers Market.

After a busy season, vendors are packing up their tents and wares. The farmers markets ran between July and the end of September, with weekly Saturday markets running until the end of August. The final market of the season was this Wednesday.

“All in all it was another great season, September brought many fun weekend event markets so there was a lot of participation from locals, businesses, groups, and other non profits,” explained vendor Ingrid Risch. “The farmers’ market, as a non profit itself, likes to encourage not only local small business, but act as a weekly event which other non profits can use to advertise, teach, network, it’s a great venue to voice local initiatives.”

But just because the markets are coming to an end doesn’t mean Risch gets to take break just yet. She will be busy with her partner Ebe winterizing their gardens, gathering the last of the harvest, pickling, and preserving. Their work isn’t done yet.

Now that the vendors are gone for the season, there are still a few that are selling their goodies in other places around town and online. One vendor that can be seen in multiple locations is Apple Island Naturals, as they sell their soap and other products in places like Zodiac Hemp Co. and Rickies All Day Grill.

With much to look forward to Risch said the summer season was packed and busy, with Golden residents making regular trips to the Wednesday and Saturday markets.

Tourism numbers may have been affected by the state of emergency in B.C., but overall she thinks all vendors had a successful season.

“We did grow again in number of vendors,” explained regular Saturday vendor Kay Nagao. “Saturdays, I found to be quite a bit slower this year than last. I think that had a lot to do with the fires. There definitely weren’t as many visitors through the Square and our shop sales were lower too. On an up note, we had a good number of vendors every Saturday this summer.”

However, local residents came by week after week to pick up regular items, goodies, and gifts from market vendors.

“We are truly blessed for all the support our customers give us each week. We really enjoy being able to feed the community which has also nurtured us. Since we were both born &raised here, Golden feels just like one big family,” Risch said.

The Wednesday markets remained pretty much near capacity all summer, and there was a waiting list for vendors from out of town.

Even though the regular farmers market season has ended, the call is already out for Christmas vendors, for the market at the Mount 7 Rec Plex in December.

Nagao says she expects many of the summer market vendors to be at the Christmas market, since there are already more than 30 vendors signed up.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

There has been COVID-19 exposures at two elementary schools in District 42. (Image courtesy CDC)
Interior Health reports 24 additional COVID-19 cases

This includes three school exposures in Kelowna

Above, MLA-elect Doug Clovechok cast his vote early. He says he’s ready to get back to work for his constituents. Photo submitted
MLA Clovechok re-elected; ready to get back to work on Golden priorities

Clovechok says he’s ready to get back to work on issues like lower canyon access and water bottling.

Morning Start: The inventor of the Pringles can is now buried in one

Your morning start for Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020

Above, MLA-elect Doug Clovechok cast his vote early. Photo submitted
MLA-elect Clovechok reflects on election

He’s ready to get to work as an opposition MLA, he says

Morning Start: Bubble wrap was originally intended to be wallpaper

Your morning start for Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

(Brennan Phillips - Western News)
UPDATE: Flames doused for second time at fatal Penticton apartment fire

The Elm Ave. building first caught fire around 4 a.m., killing two people and displacing dozens

Two have been taken to hospital following a vehicle crash north of Vernon on Highway 97 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Crash north of Vernon causes Highway 97 traffic delays

Emergency crews respond to two-vehicle incident near Swan Lake; occupants taken to hospital

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July. (Langley Advance Times files)
Child’s body cold, no pulse: Off-duty cop testifies in Langley mother’s murder trial

The seven-year-old girl’s mother faces a first-degree murder charge

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Penticton apartment fire claims two lives

An apartment on Elm Avenue went up in flames Tuesday morning

A Summerland woman has set up an online fundraiser to provide backpacks to those being released from correctional facilities.(
Summerland woman raising money for backpack program

Backpacks will be distributed to those being released from correctional facilities

École de l’Anse-au-sable. (Google Maps)
15 cases of COVID-19 tied to Kelowna Francophone school outbreak

Three other schools in Kelowna are also dealing with potential exposure events

Most Read