Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Edible Prairie Journal goes to the Naramata Farmers' Market

The Okanagan Valley is literally crawling with Albertans , Saskatchewanians, and some Manitobans in the summer. I spend a good deal of time there myself, so I decided to set up at the Naramata Farmers' Market last Wednesday.

This is a great little market in the village of Naramata, just 20 minutes north of Penticton. The market runs on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. just on the waterfront near the fruit packing plant that the village is built around. Some of the best vendors from the area attend, and there's always a crowd around Joy Road Catering and Dumplingdale Organic Farm. Vendors come from as far north as Kelowna and from as far away as Cawston.

The market is located within walking distance to the Naramata Centre, a bustling hive of activity in the summer as various groups book retreats and programs through the centre. Just as I suspected, loads of Albertans and Saskatchewanians stopped by the booth (where were the Manitobans??). I sold a few issues, a subscription or two and had a great time.

I mean, really, there are worse ways to spend three hours on a sunny afternoon in the Okanagan.

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