Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Penticton Farmer's Market - May thru October

Organic Vegetable for sale at the Penticton Farmer's MarketAs I entered Main Street from the north end of Penticton last Saturday morning,  I found myself in the middle of a thriving, bustling market place with vendors and buskers galore.

As far as the eye could see in both directions, tents lined each side of the street, while the middle was a moving throng of humanity and animals.  It seemed like literally everyone and their dogs, were out to enjoy a fine Okanagan morning at this increasingly popular Saturday event.

Ken's Kustom KraftsLocal author David Korinetz
 Local Historian and Author Doug CoxThe variety of goods for sale ranged from organic fresh local vegetables, arts and crafts, yummy looking baked goods, hand embroidered blouses from Mexico, books from local authors, alpaca wool, custom made furniture, ice-cream, and much more. 
Since a picture is always worth a thousand words, I asked a few of the vendors if they would mind posing for me. Ken of 'Ken's Kustom Krafts' comes all the way from Kelowna to sell his beautiful wood work.
It was interesting chatting to local author David Korinetz who has written a series of Fantasy novels called 'Chronicles of the Daemon Knights'. Doug Cox, another well known local historian/author was selling his publications about the history of Penticton.
I also enjoyed chatting to Sandy who sells lovely hand embroidered blouses and dresses to raise money for a small poverty stricken village in Mexico.

The Medicine Man Gallery in Summerland was represented by two sisters.  An array of jewelry, semi precious stones, crystals and other gems were on display at their stall.

Representatives from The Medicine Man Gallery in Summerland

Master Performer and Instructor of Fine Arts DonnaleeEntertainment was plentiful and I took a moment to chat to a woman named Donnalee who was swinging New Zealand poi balls. It turns out that she is also a fire dancer and is billed as a Master Performer and Instructor of Fine Arts. 
Local Entertainer Gillian RussellPeople were also treated to the lovely voice of long time Penticton entertainer Gillian Russell as she accompanied herself on guitar.  See video below.
The market today is a far cry from its beginnings when about one block was all the space it took. Now it goes on for blocks and apparently will expand as the summer progresses.
If you are on a summer vacation in Penticton the market is the best place to buy your fresh veggies and home baked goods to take back to your Penticton Vacation Rental.
The Penticton Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon, May thru October.

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