A happy birthday goes out this year to the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters Market, which turned 20 years old on June 17. To mark 20 years in Kelowna, the market is hosting a special celebration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th with live entertainment, face painting, bouncy castles, balloon art, and vendor promotions.
It will be a great way to connect with our local farmers, to visit the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market on Saturday morning at the corner of Springfield and Dilworth, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. At this time of the year you’ll find over 165 stands teaming with produce. If you love cooking with local produce or preserving the intense flavours of summer in jars to enjoy later in the year, you’ll love a visit to our farmers’ market.
Coincidentally, this year the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is celebrating “Meet My Market” month in July. Throughout the month of July, anyone in BC can participate in Meet My Market month by bringing a friend to their local BC farmers’ market, and entering the grand prize giveaway via social media or in person at participating markets. The contest showcases the feel good experiences at the farmers’ market and introduces newbies who’ve never been to a farmers market before for the month of July. Find out more information about this great campaign to showcase BC’s amazing farmers’ markets here.
Another great way to appreciate the work and care that goes into farming is to take the time to visit a local farm that is open to the public. There are several in Kelowna, which accounts for the popular Farm to Table brochure offered by Tourism Kelowna. The brochure is available both in print and online, as well as a detailed description of the participating businesses on our Farm to Table webpage. Part of the experience is to see local farm ingredients incorporated into the beautiful dishes at local restaurants. Several restaurants participate in Tourism Kelowna’s Farm to Table program. Just check out the webpage or online brochure to find out which ones, and then show your support for local farmers by supporting the restaurants who work with them.