Fresh is best with Sparwood’s new Farmers Market

A mini market will be held soon, giving people a taste of the new Sparwood Farmer's Market.

In preparation for a full scale Farmers Market in 2013, Sparwood will get a taste of what it’s all about with this year’s first  ever, Sparwood Mini Market. Created by Amy Cardozo, the Sparwood Farmers Market is designed to not only provide locals with fresh food, handmade trinkets, treats and other items, it is also designed to foster social development and help bring the community together.

“I have attended various craft fairs and tradeshows with my own business, Crumbs Cakery Elk Valley since March and really enjoyed myself. I wanted to have somewhere else to sell my cupcakes. The Fernie Market doesn’t work with my work schedule and Baynes Lake is pretty full so I thought, why not start my own,” says Cardozo. “I jumped right into it, created a logo and started a Facebook page to gauge interest and started looking for interested vendors. The interest was definitely there, so I then went on to secure a location. There is still much more to do as it is quite the process to start a farmer’s market. I have to get Council’s  approval, register as a Not for Profit Society,  register with BC Association of Farmer’s Markets, get insurance, do some advertising and much more,” she says.

The Mini Market  will be held on September 6th, 2012  from 6-8:30 p.m. during the Community Information and Registration night at the Sparwood Recreation Department. At least a dozen tables  will be participating, selling items as a little teaser of what’s in store for next year. Cardozo is still looking for interested vendors, especially those selling food and produce.

Next year,  the full scale market is planned for a June 2013 start. “We are hoping to start the market on Friday evenings from 5-9 p.m. in the Green wood Mall parking lot. This day was a general consensus from individuals I spoke with both on Facebook and in person. This highly visible, public location will attract tourists passing by Sparwood as well as catch locals before they leave town for the weekend. This day was also chosen by vendors since the Fernie market is on Sundays and the Baynes Lake market is on Saturdays. This way, vendors can attend all markets in the surrounding area,” she says.

Over fifty interested vendors have  contacted Cardozo  for the 2013 Market. There will be lots of individuals making handmade items such as dolls, signs, tutus, knitted, sewn and crocheted items, stained glass, children’s picnic tables, aprons, soaps, photography services and  photos, henna tattoos, Indian tacos and bannock, canning, eggs and herbs. Also attending will be  more established businesses such as Epicure, Grace Adele and local businesses such as Elk Valley Epic Party Planning, Loaf Bakery, Yama2Go and of course my own business, Crumbs Cakery Elk Valley and much more.

With  much support and interest from locals, businesses and those from the surrounding area’s the Sparwood  Mini Market and Farmers Market is anticipated to be a huge success. Cardozo reminds those selling  food that they  will need to adhere to IHA (Interior Health Authority) standards. Those interested,  including anyone interested in supplying live music  or any other items can contact Cardozo for more information. She can be reached at sparwoodmarket@hotmail.com  or at 250.910.0770.

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

Just Posted

Proposed changes afoot for Fernie’s Second Avenue

The change would allow businesses to extend patios to serve more clients

Fernie Alpine Resort to reopen this summer

The resort will open for summer operations on Saturday, June 27, 2020

LETTER: Local tourism’s road to recovery

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Fernie released the joint letter on May 26

RDEK encourages Elk Valley residents to prepare for flood season

With spring melt comes rising water levels and an increased flood risk throughout the region

Planting your very own victory garden

The Free Press publisher and gardening expert, Madi Bragg, gives tips for planting

VIDEO: Bear catches ‘rascally rabbit’ for breakfast near Whistler bus stop

The brief encounter of the bear hunting its meal has gone viral

Illicit-drug deaths up in B.C. and remain highest in Canada: chief coroner

More than 4,700 people have died of overdoses since B.C. declared a public health emergency in early 2016

CMHC sees declines in home prices, sales, starts that will linger to end of 2022

CMHC said average housing prices could fall anywhere from nine to 18 per cent in its forecast

B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Three-time world and Paralympic gold medalist Sonja Gaudet is part of 11-member class

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

Introducing the West Coast Traveller: A voyage of the mind

Top armchair travel content for Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California!

Restorative pole project underway in Edgewood

The pole was made almost 50 years ago to pay respect to local First Nations

Risk of COVID-19 low in schools, Interior Health states

Medical Health Officer reassures parents as some children and staff head back to class June 1

B.C. drive-in theatre shuts down to await appeal of car limits, concession rules

Business owner Jay Daulat voluntarily closed down the theatre awaiting a health ministry decision

Most Read