Darren (left) and Shevonn Wayling deliberate on which of the vegetables to take home with them from Debbie Lloyd’s stand at the Boitanio Park morning farmer’s market.

Darren (left) and Shevonn Wayling deliberate on which of the vegetables to take home with them from Debbie Lloyd’s stand at the Boitanio Park morning farmer’s market.

Friday morning market a community staple

The Williams Lake Farmer’s Market has been a staple of the community for well over 15 years.

Tara Sprickerhoff

Tribune Staff Writer

The Williams Lake Farmer’s Market has been a staple of the community for well over 15 years.

Located at Boitanio Park for the past six years, the market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday morning until Thanksgiving weekend.

The farmer’s market hosts a variety of booths with goodies from around the area. Vendors selling fresh fruit, local vegetables, garlic, honey and bannock made as you watch.

Debbie Lloyd, of Whiskey Creek Acres, is a former organizer of the farmer’s market, and attends every week to sell vegetables grown on her acreage.

“I’m here every Friday, like clockwork,” she says, laughing before helping a customer choose some produce.

Her stands includes the bright orange of carrots, reds of radishes and of course, the bright greens of various types of lettuce.

The farmer’s market is the only place Lloyd sells her vegetables. It takes her two days to pick enough produce for the morning event.

Vonny Johnston, the market manager, says although the market got off to a slow start this year because of the weather, things are picking up.

“We’ve got honey and garlic in right now, and we’re the best source of local veggies and products,” she said. “You can’t get any fresher than picked this morning.”

Draws for $50 in fruit are made every week at the market, and there is a monthly draw for $50 worth of coupons to spend at the different vendors in the park.

“It’s friendly, it’s got a wonderful atmosphere and basically everything is local,” Johnston said, adding that anyone is welcome to take part in the market, either by busking or contributing live music to the scene, or selling their own produce.

Those interested in participating or finding out more about the morning market are asked to call Johnston at 250-392-3577.

 

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