Thursday, 22 June 2017

Guess who's turning 30 this year?

We've been at it for a while now... 30 years to be exact.

We hope that you'll join us this year as we celebrate our history and our future.

Remember we're open every Saturday from 10:30 - 12:30 and Sundays from 12:30- 2:30 at 4365 McLeod Road.

Here are some dates note:

June 3 - June 30th our Birdhouse Fundraiser will be kicking off.  Get your pre-built birdhouses at the INFO booth for $10.  Take the next few weeks to decorate them for donation to our silent auction in Aug as we raise funds to give access to fresh fruits and vegetables to our low-income seniors.

June 10-11th the Nutrition Coupon Program will be starting.  Our community partners: BOND and Family Place will have distributed the coupons to participants and our farmers will be ready to accept the coupons for fresh produce, herbs, meats, eggs and nuts.

July 1 (Sat) 10:30 - 1:30- Canada Day and our Birthday Celebration.  As we celebrate Canada 150 we're also celebrating Farmers' Market 30!  This day will be full of amazing music by the Blues Busters, 3 hours of market shopping time, some great giveaways and fun t-shirts.

July 8 (Sat) 11:00 - 11:30 - Storytime from the Library is returning to the market.  We're so excited to have Deb Zagwyn back with her stories, songs and puppets to entertain the kids.  Storytime continues until the last Saturday of August.

July 8-16th - Birdhouse Fundraiser continues as we receive the decorated birdhouses from everyone who's had a chance to decorate one.

August 7th (Mon) 4:30 - 7:30pm - BC Day and our Mid Summer Nights' Feast.  Local, award winning jazz ensemble Take 5 will be providing music as we share an evening at the market focusing on food and community.  Our Birdhouse Fundraiser Silent Auction will be happening that evening with all funds raised going to support the Nutrition Coupon Program for local low income seniors.

September 16-17th  noon - 5pm - Fall Fair 2017!  Check the Fall Fair Facebook site for updates as the year progresses.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Birdhouse Fundraiser

Powell River has been lucky enough to enter it's 6th year in the Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program through the BC Association of Farmers' Markets.

Through this program,  community organizations provide farmers' market coupons to lower-income families and new mothers.  The coupons are then cashed in at member markets like ours.   This is a program sponsored by Healthy Families BC and the Provincial Government.  Both Family Place and BOND are participating community organizations.  

With the coupons participants can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts, eggs and meat.   The program also focuses on the social aspect of getting people out and about in the community, seeing friends, buying fresh, healthy food and connecting with local food producers.

For the past 2  years we have been able to add 9 seniors to our recipients of the Nutrition Coupon Program through the Farm to Fork Fundraiser.  We want to be able to help more seniors so we're also adding another fundraiser that is fun for the whole family.  Full details below.  

Come to the INFO booth at the market to get your birdhouse, we're happy to answer any questions you may have.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Online Registration - New for 2017 + Upcoming Dates

Getting ready to kick off our 30th year with a new Online Vendor Registration System.   We hope the new system is comprehensive and makes signing up easy.  The improved accuracy on all your information will help us serve you better.

Memberships can be paid at either the Vendor Kick off Meeting  (Apr 15) or before you start your first day of sales.
We are having an annual Clean Up Party the weekend before Opening Day (Apr 29/30).

We're saving our big anniversary celebration for July 1st, but along the way we're introducing some special things for everyone in our community.  Stay tuned as we make announcements throughout the season.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Fall Fair 2016 - it's a BIG one!

The Powell River & District Agricultural Association is proud to announce their annual fundraiser:
Fall Fair 2016
Sept 17 & 18 from noon – 5pm
Exhibition Grounds
4365 McLeod Road
Powell River, BC
$5 admission per person, kids 12 & under free

Exhibit Barn with everyone’s best submissions from Art to Vegetables and everything in between. Want to enter something? $2/entry.  Downloadable categories and Prize List.
Animal Barn with 2 and 4 legged favourites. Chickens, Turkeys, Sheep, Goats & more!
Train Rides all day on their new expanded track (including a tunnel)

SATURDAY StageKids ZoneDemonstrationsActivities
12:00 PMJim BaronHay TossZucchini Race registrations in the Livestock Barn
1:00 PMJim Baron Story Time on Orca BusHay TossZucchini Race registrations in the Livestock Barn
2:00 PMJim Baron Hay TossZucchini Races
3:00 PMBlues BustersThree-legged raceSheepherding in paddockHay Toss
4:00 PMBlues Busters
5:00 PMBlues Busters
SUNDAYStageKids ZoneDemonstrationsActivities
12:00 PMScout MountainHay Toss
1:00 PMScout MountainHay Toss
2:00 PMPardiseSheepherding in paddockHay Toss
3:00 PMParadiseThree-legged raceHay Toss
4:00 PMTrophies, Awards
5:00 PMRaffle Draw
For vendor information click on Fall Fair tab at top of page.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Hello Saturday Farmers!

They're here !!  Tomatoes are ripe, sweet and ready to eat!  See Don Morrison in booth 4&5 on Saturdays, the pre-packaged 1lb bags of tomatoes are $4 each and make a wonderful addition to a salad, sliced on an open faced sandwich, "on the side" at breakfast, lunch or dinner, in salsa, tomato sauce, soup.... you get the idea - get your fresh local tomatoes !!

Don also has the most amazing selection of carrots, beets, zucchini, kale, chard and more!

How about some beautiful lettuce, onions, or cauliflower from the Mazurek Farm in booth #2 on Saturdays.

For some beautiful diversity and an incredible selection, stop by and see Kristi in booth #23 on Saturdays, she has everything from basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, summer celery, cucumbers, collard greens, kale, chard, lettuce, rhubarb, beets and her amazing garlic pesto.

Need something sweet and juicy?  Visit Coast Berry Farm setup close the open mic stage.  They have beautiful berries and amazing preserves.

Need some breakfast ideas?  How about some eggs, sausages, turkey sausages, potatoes and kale from Gosia at Myrtle Point Heritage Farm.  You'll also find a beautiful spring honey as well as all kinds of amazing soaps and skin care items.

Welcome Harvest Farms is the little farm that could !! Come see Dave (who joins us from Texada) for a wonderful assortment of unique and bountiful plants,  vegetables, and amazing pork cuts like ham, bacon and other tasty delights.  Dave often brings his frying pan and whips up some samples that make it a an interactive and olfactory experience!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Join us for A Mid Summer Night's Feast

We're so excited to celebrate BC Day with our community.  We've got a great bunch of food vendors coming, from local fare to ethnic food, there will be something for everyone.  Sample your way through a selection of dinner options, snacks and desserts.

A select group of artisans will be there as well so take a walk around after you've had dinner and enjoy the passions that our community members have.

Live Music for 3 hours courtesy of The Sam Hurrie Band.  Good Food and Good Music - you can't go wrong.  Enjoy an amazing outdoor venue to listen to one of the best bands around!

Full details available including vendor list.

Thursday, 23 June 2016


We've got several farmers who bring eggs on both Saturday and Sunday, and even a few young agrarians that you'll find on Sunday as part of the Kids Market, selling local eggs.

Top 5 reasons to buy local eggs

1.  You're getting the freshest eggs possible
2.  The chickens who laid the eggs are happy, free ranging chickens
3.  They taste better.  Farm fresh eggs have a more buttery flavour when cooked
4.  You're supporting a local farmer, a local family, a local business and keeping your money local
5.  You get to enjoy local eggs without having to shovel manure!

There's a lot that goes into farming, and while pictures can be beautiful and the notion of raising your own animals can be romanticized, there's a huge commitment that goes along with it too.  Chickens need a place to live, a place to roam - but not too far, a place to sleep, they need daily care including food and water, they need to be protected from predators and they need a nice clean, cozy place to lay eggs oh, and a nice dry dusty place to bathe.   Eggs then need to be collected, washed and finally put into lovely egg cartons to protect them.  I happen to like the option of supporting local farmers, leaving the eggs to the eggsperts.

Did you know that chickens in Europe are inoculated against salmonella and that's why it's quite common for Europeans to leave their eggs on the counter, unrefrigerated.   Cooler temperatures keep salmonella from growing so storing eggs in the fridge in North America is quite common since we don't inoculate our chickens.

You may be wondering:  what's so great about local eggs?  Well we've got a lot to boast about in Powell River.  To date we (as a city) have been salmonella free.  That means when you buy eggs from a local farmer, they're from local, happy, free running chickens.  Farmers are able to keep tight control over their broods so they know what they're offering you at the market is the best they have.  They are staking their reputation on it.   When eggs are consolidated from multiple farms for mass distribution it becomes a lot harder to manage controls on the quality and trace back outbreaks.  We're so grateful we don't have to worry about that here!

Join us at the market, add eggs to your "Shop Local First"  shopping list.  Need a splash of colour, just add some of these lovely vegetables to your list too.