May 1 - Fort St. John
Fort St. John's first farmers' market of the season opens this weekend at the city's new festival plaza.
Market Manager Margie Unruh says while there’s no major changes this year, she's excited about setting up in the new plaza when the market opens Saturday, May 1.
“We are very excited about the new location and hoping the weather will stop soon,” said Unruh of the snow.
Due to public health guidelines, space will be limited for both vendors and members of the public. Unruh said a COVID-19 safety plan is being finalized with the city this week.
The market is a great place to support local during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Unruh said.
“The vendors are really excited and so are the customers," said Unruh. "I think we’re going to really, really busy."
The market opens at 9 a.m.
May 15 - Tumbler Ridge
Tumbler Ridge's first Farmer's Market is expecting 36 vendors each Saturday from May 15 to October 2 to fill spots with offering fresh vegetables, home baking, arts, crafts, and more.
Market manager Maxine VanBrabant says the market will run from noon until 4 p.m.
“It is a new market, it’s the first time we’re trying it here," VanBrabant said.
“Because of COVID and limited shopping here in Tumbler Ridge, trying to keep people in our own area more so, we figured we’d open this up and see how it goes.”
The market will be located downtown across from the visitor centre. VanBrabant said with the district council’s permission, more vendor spaces could be safely added to a max of 48.
“It’s an opportunity for our home based businesses to vend over the summer,” said VanBrabant.
“Instead of everyone buying online from Amazon, let’s just promote what we have.”
May 18 - Hudson’s Hope
The farmers’ market in Hudson’s Hope opens May 18.
Market Manager Caitlin Vince says she’s looking forward to the community getting together to enjoy the spring weather and vendor offerings.
“I think people are looking forward to it. Being able to be outside and safely socialize at our family friendly, fun little market,” said Vince. “There’s been a lot of buzz already.”
She added a May start is great because it give plant sellers a chance to get starters out to local green thumbs.
“We’re hoping that COVID regulations will lighten up a little throughout the summer,” said Vince, noting the annual customer appreciation day is still being considered.
Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News