The popular Cranbrook Winter Market takes place Friday and Saturday

The popular Cranbrook Winter Market takes place Friday and Saturday

To market, to market

The upcoming Winter Market in Cranbrook has dozens of vendors offering the best of local homegrown and handmade products

It will be a packed house at the Cranbrook Winter Market on November 29 and 30.

With over 60 vendors set to appear at the holiday season instalment of the Cranbrook Farmers’ Market, all spaces are full.

“It’s a very popular market for shoppers and venders alike,” said market manager Erna Jensen-Shill. “I’m really pleased to see the variety of vendors we have this year.”

Among the vendors you will find baked goods, such as Fort Steele Heritage Town’s bread, pies and cinnamon buns, and frozen huckleberry pies from Kootenay Wild Huckleberries.

The food vendors don’t stop there. You can pick up organic ground beef from Silvertip Ranch, kim chee from the Dancing Chopsticks, lamb from Cutter Ranch, honey from Dayspring Farms, handcrafted Belgian chocolate from Heavenly Chocolate and 24 types of pickled vegetables from Pickle Patch.

Despite the season, the Winter Market also has vendors offering fruit and vegetables, such as Faramon Farms, Fort Steele Farm, Garden Hoe Farms and Saunders Family Farm.

And then there are all of the handmade arts and crafts on offer.

“We’ve got a whole array of artisans and crafters,” said Jensen-Shill. “It’s great for gift giving.”

There is something for everybody on your gift list. Ron Rushworth Woodworking brings handmade wooden toys. Sue Craig has dolls, slippers and baby blankets. Salvar Design has upcycled furniture, decor and vintage items. New Energy Wellness has gemstone jewellery, eye pillows and yoga bags. Mary Verigan’s Knitting has wool sweaters, mitts, hits and scarves. DeCosse Customs has wooden balance bikes, and custom skis and snowboards.

And that’s just to name a few.

The market is very popular with families who are downtown Friday evening for the Santa Claus parade, Jensen-Shill pointed out.

“It seems to have built itself into a tradition from when we started four years ago. The community has really embraced it and built it into their holiday plans. ‘Okay, let’s go downtown and watch the Santa parade and check out the winter market. Or go shopping on Saturday and kick off or wrap up my holiday shopping or somewhere in the middle.'”

The Winter Market will be held on Friday, November 29 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1114 Baker Street.

For more information, visit www.cranbrookfarmersmarket.com.