The markets drew consistently large crowds every week last summer.

The markets drew consistently large crowds every week last summer.

Kimberley Farmers’ Market begins next Thursday

Early growing season means a bonus June market week

After a massively successful first season, the Kimberley Farmer’s Market is back for its sophomore run, beginning next Thursday, June 25, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“The early growing season has got our growers ahead of schedule,” said market coordinator Erna Jensen. “We thought it would be kind of fun to start a week early and have locals come out to see what local produce is available.”

The Kimberley Farmers’ Market will once again be located on Howard Street, a location that worked out very well last year, Jensen said.

“The businesses were all so fabulously supportive of closing Howard Street, and they are thrilled with the market coming back,” Jensen said. “We got off to such a great start last year and we look forward to repeating it. It seems like everyone is excited about it.”

Jensen says there is a good lineup again this year, lots of returning vendors, and, as word of the market gets out, a lot of new vendors from up and down the valley.

“We’ve got new growers, new artisans, new food vendors, and some brand new folks — gardeners turned market growers.

“That’s a wonderful part of what a farmer’s market is ­it’s that whole business incubator for folks who have ideas. That’s exciting. It’s part of Kimberley finding out who it is in this post-mining era. And then you combine it all with Wildsight’s food sustainability initiative. It all lines up so well.

The markets will run from next week through to September 10. For more information see kimberleyfarmersmarket.ca