Debbie Lloyd of Whiskey Creek Area Farm smiles at her Williams Lake Farmers Market booth selling fresh produce and crafts alongside Rhiannon Bird, whose parents run Slow Train Farms and will be setting up their own vegetable booth soon. Patrick Davies Photo.

Williams Lake Farmers’ Market enjoys sunny skies for opening market

The Market will be going strong every Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until October 11

The Williams Lake Farmers’ Market swung into high gear Friday, with bright skies and friendly faces.

After kicking off the Early Bird Market with Sedy Saturday last weekend, the Williams Lake Farmers Market was back in the Kiwanis Park parking lot for its first official opening of the season. Vendors of all sorts came out offering baked goods, art, plants and the first produce of the season to onlookers.

Market Manager Jane Bowser, who was running around making sure things ran smoothly, was happy to see the turnout on Friday. As last year’s market season was often either dominated by smoke or rain, it was nice to have a sunshine filled day to kick off the roughly 20 markets that will be happening between now and October 11 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday.

“It’s just a good place to come and we’re just starting the season but I know that later on, we’ll have a bunch of veggie vendors,” Bowser said.

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For her, the best part about organizing the farmer’s market is the sense of community and the ability for local grassroots businesses to sell directly to the community. Maintaining an agricultural heritage and the City’s connection to farms is important, in Bowser’s eyes, as is keeping farmers fed.

Bowser said that the Tuesday evening markets are still in the works but that the Williams Lake Farmers Market Association is preparing to introduce them sometime in July of this season. She advises that people keep an eye on the farmers market’s Facebook page for more information.

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Tracy Bauer is the Williams Lake Farmer’s Market resident operator of the Nutty Baker- Crazy Pie Lady selling her fresh homebaked goods at each market on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patrick Davies Photo.

Lakecity locals of all ages came out to enjoy the sunshine and the smiles of the vendors at 2019’s first official Williams Lake Farmers Market. Patrick Davies Photo.

Frank Wijma smiles as he helps a customer pick the right type of flower from his booth at the Williams Lake Farmers Market. Patrick Davies Photo.

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