Today being Wednesday, I loaded the kids into their bicycle trailer, hopped on my bike and headed to the Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafter’s Market, on Springfield Road.
We started going again when it re-opened for the season, back in March – but it’s only now coming into its own, with an abundance of freshly grown produce, homemade treats and hand-crafted goods (I hate to call them crafts – it sounds so kindergarten).
It was a beautiful day for marketing, which I’m guessing made it a profitable day for the venders – I certainly felt more inspired to fill my bicycle basket.
I got a dozen free-range eggs, a bag full of spinach, a loaf of freshly baked poppy seed bread and a bag of goodies.
Granola bits or “goodies,” as my son Oliver dubbed them when he got hooked on them some three years ago, are an essential part of our weekly visit, as is a go in the bouncy castle.
I’ve been eyeing this vender’s fun, funky bird houses for a few years now. One of these times I’ll break down and bring one home.
Ditto these little lemon balm plants. I need to work on greening up my thumb first, though. I don’t know how many basil plants I’ve bought here, and they only last a few weeks before I forget to water them.
I want to be adventurous and try new things each visit, but I seem to come back to the same favourite things each time.
What’s your must-go-to purchase at your farmer’s market?
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier