Sun shone brightly on 2019’s last Farmers Market

Stephanie Bird laughs as Charlee Mansel reaches into her coin purse to pay her for some fresh produce bought at 2019’s last Williams Lake Farmer’s Market. Patrick Davies photo.
Oliver Berger of the Potato House was on hand selling one of the last batches of composted soil of 2019 at the Williams Lake Farmer’s Market. Patrick Davies photo.
Ann Whitford was out selling homemade fall-themed crafts at the last Williams Lake Farmer’s Market of 2019. Patrick Davies photo.
Gabriel Meier and Abraham Meier originally from France but now of Ridge Ranch sold some of the last produce of the season at the final Williams Lake Farmer’s Market of 2019. Patrick Davies photo.
Freshly ground flour and other baking supplies were close on hand thanks to Valerie Evans of the Bread Basket by Val. Patrick Davies photo.
Bill ack and Merri Mack were making sure the Cariboo bundled up in home knitted toques, scarves and other goods. Patrick Davies photo.
Brianna van de Wijngaard sorts through some of her wares in between chatting with attendees of the last Williams Lake Farmer’s Market of 2019. Patrick Davies photo
Grant Hill of Pause to Feather Creations was tempting passerby with fine framed photographs and handmade birdhouses at the Williams Lake Farmers Market. Patrick Davies photo.
Vendors and attendees of the final Williams Lake Farmer’s Market for 2019 chat amongst themselves in the Kiwanis Park parking lot. Patrick Davies photo.

It was a brisk but sunny day as the Williams Lake Farmers Market on Friday, Oct. 11 as the lakecity bid farewell to the market for another year.

Every year the Williams Lake Farmer’s Market Association bring dozens of Cariboo producers and crafters to Williams Lake during the summer weeks. For the last two years, they’ve set up every Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kiwanis Park parking lot and this year introduced a new Tuesday evening market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Overall, it’s been a successful year according to Williams Lake Farmers Market Association executive director Barb Scharf. While they may have lost their market manager, Scharf’s daughter Jane Bowser, to college, the final market ended on a positive sunny note as they also held their Customer Appreciation Day, with free food and goodies for all in attendance.

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Even though she was a little cold and windblown, Scharf said she was happy to see the sunshine on the market as far to often they’re battling the weather. In addition to the free food, she said they also held a draw for a variety of good donated by market vendors everyone was welcome to join.

When asked why she thinks people should support the market, she answered simply to ” buy local.”

“All the money that you spend here stays in the community,” Scharf said. “The people you support here, we are your neighbours we live here and the money that you spend stays here and supports local agriculture, local industry, it’s a win-win.”

Looking to next year, Scharf said there is nothing big and surprising in the works but said they intend to return and provide the same great service the lakecity is used to. She feels that the whole community can really enhance their lives by getting to know the vendors and finding out what they have to offer right in your backyard.

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