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Revelstoke muses why our market may be best in small-town B.C.

The Revelstoke Farmers Market should be judged like a tomato. We’re not the biggest one. We didn’t grow the fastest. We aren’t the latest variety. But if you come down to Grizzly Plaza any summer Saturday morning, pick us up, give us a squeeze, a good smell and take a big bite, you may find we’re the best one you’ll experience all summer.

We stopped by the Revelstoke Farmers Market in the heart of downtown on May 9 to ask locals for secrets, tips and reasons why visitors always say we’re one of the best small-town farmer’s markets in B.C:

Location of the Revelstoke Farmers Market

Revelstoke Farmers Market in Grizzly Plaza, in the heart of Downtown Revelstoke.
The market is in Grizzly Plaza, in the heart of Downtown Revelstoke.

The Revelstoke Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Grizzly Plaza, in the heart of the downtown heritage district. The plaza is closed to all vehicles, leaving nothing but vendors and foot traffic. It’s an explosion of people and colour amidst the vintage buildings that define our mountain architecture.
Hermann Bruns is the owner of Wildflight Farms, a popular produce vendor, who said the location “shows the level of commitment the town has for the market.”

The locals love the Revelstoke Farmers MarketTaking flowers home for Mother's Day weekend.

It's a family friendly day for sure.
It’s a family friendly day for sure.

The Revelstoke Farmers Market gains true authenticity by thrilling locals and visitors alike.
Revelstokians of all ages flock to the market on Saturdays, united by their love of great food. Whether it’s descendents of the Ukranian farming communities, leaders of the century-old Italian gardening culture, or new foodies in their early 20s, they flock for the great produce, meats and ready-made foods.
Melanie Parent runs custom Revelstoke Clothing manufacturer Aparent. “It’s a big family reunion. I used to come here just for the fresh local produce. People here are passionate about what they do here.”

 

 

Visitors adore the Revelstoke Farmers Market

Keysha Jackson says the overwhelming friendliness of the market is key.
Keysha Jackson says the overwhelming friendliness of the market is key.
Handmade cloths from Revelstoke.
Handmade cloths from Revelstoke.

The charm, the proximity to downtown shops & boutiques, the food samples, arts, crafts and authentic souvenirs are what attract visitors to the Revelstoke Farmers Market. But once they’re here, it’s the people-watching that keeps them engaged for hours. Grab a bicycle-powered smoothie, some fresh kettle corn, Indian curry, Bratwurst dogs, locally-roasted Stoke coffee or baked treats and have a seat and just watch. You’ll realize it’s really a weekly Revelstoke social event, and you’re a welcomed guest.
Keysha Jackson operates the Creighton Valley Apiaries booth. She says the distinguishing characteristic is the friendliness. Recently, a visiting vendor’s truck broke down. “Even the tow truck company let him borrow his tools,” Jackson said. In the meantime, the driver took in the market.

 

Quality of the Revelstoke Farmers Market

From our immigrant farming roots to the latest in foodie fads, Revelstoke has always valued great food.
From our immigrant farming roots to the latest in foodie fads, Revelstoke has always valued great food.
High quality, unique gifts.
High quality, unique gifts.

 

What’s an inside secret? “It’s all good stuff here,” says Mark Hartley, owner of Revelstoke’s Stoke Roasted Coffee Co. “You can’t really go wrong.”
Each year, potential vendors vie for a coveted spot at the often sold-out Revelstoke Farmers Market. A selective process encourages excellence and a good mix amongst the vendors. As he pours coffee for guest, he points to a young market worker pushing a loaded wheelbarrow to a gardener’s car. “Even the chicken manure is good,” he jokes.

 

The Revelstoke Farmers Market is local and original

Trevor Kehler of U.S.E.D. shows his made-in-Revelstoke seatbelt bags.
Trevor Kehler of U.S.E.D. shows his made-in-Revelstoke seatbelt bags.
Handmade in Revelstoke.
Handmade in Revelstoke.

Trevor Kehler has been making upcycled handbags and accessories since 2002 using seatbelts salvaged from scrap cars. His U.S.E.D. brand (Unlimited Supplies from Everyone’s Discards) is keeping with the times, making koozies, French-press holders and woven lawn chairs with the durable recycled material. He’s expanding his manufacturing shop, which services his growing online trade. His booth at the Revelstoke Farmers Market is a testing ground for new products and styles, keeping him in touch with the tastes and trends of a thriving mountain culture scene.

The Revelstoke Farmers Market runs from May to October on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the heart of downtown Revelstoke. July and August are the peak months, when fruits and vegetables from the region anchor the summer culinary explosion and bring on the start of canning season.

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