Today I am happy to finally have a chance to tell you here on the blog about the amazing market that I have been going to as a vendor. I've posted about it on Instagram but I wanted to do an overall summary here, and be able to share in more detail.
A while back some folks in our community brought up the fact that there is no farmers' market in our area. The Kamloops Regional Farmers' Market is not too far away, but our area has historically felt quite separate from the rest of Kamloops - and I think if you go far back enough it started out as its own separate community that then joined the rest of the city. Most of the neighbourhood is quite rural, and a lot of people actually don't like driving downtown and dealing with city parking and all of that kind of thing. We also have a lot of small scale local producers and makers here that have businesses that might be too small for the larger downtown market. Based on all these reasons the Dallas Barnhartvale Farmers' Market was born.
July 8th (TODAY!)
The market is in the parking lot of Dallas Barnhartvale Baptist Church from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.
One thing that's been really amazing, is that the market is actually run by our Church. We have the perfect facility, and the resources to make it happen we were able to partner with the community in this. Since this is the first year, there are no table fees being charged to make it less of a risk for vendors to try out a new market, and to enable some smaller businesses to be able to afford it. Although the market is fairly small right now, there is a wide assortment of vendors - flowers, veggies, garden plants, decor, jewelry, packaged meat, eggs, freshly made doughnuts, vegan baking, and many other things. One vendor is selling items to raise money to help send a team to Haiti to aid in the work that a kids camp there is doing. There is also a concession, bouncy castle, and other fun things for the whole family.
I am so happy to be bringing items from my shop to this market, and can't wait to see all of you there! You might also notice there are a few more things at my table than are online in the shop at the moment. I haven't had a chance to photograph everything I have to get it up there yet, so if you are local come on down and take a look!
This week at the market I will have:
- silver jewelry made from 100% sterling silver from reclaimed antique flatware (rings, pendant necklaces, cuff bracelets)
- earrings made with buttons, ceramic pieces, and coffee beans
- jewelry made from broken teacup pieces, resin, and sterling silver
- flavoured sugars: lilac, Douglas fir cone, and mint lime
- fabric twine baskets
- fabric twine coaster sets
- handwoven area rug
- keychains made from vintage silver plate or souvenir spoons
- twisted branch wreaths: apple, and lilac