Farmer’s Market moves outdoors this weekend

Following Sam Steele Day, market heads back to its regular location on 10th Avenue June 27.

Spring brings fresh Creston strawberries

Spring brings fresh Creston strawberries

Barry Coulter

Since January, the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market has been running indoors at the Ktunaxa gym, on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, in an inaugural winter and spring market season. But with the warm temperatures upon us, the Market will move outdoors this Saturday, May 23.

“We will stay at the Ktunaxa location (220 Cranbrook Street North), but move the market outdoors onto the grassy area adjacent to the gym,” said Farmer’s Market Manager Erna Jensen.

“We just have two markets left at this location — this weekend (May 23) and June 14. We will move downtown June 27, back to our normal spot on 10th Avenue South after Sam Steele Days is done. We’ll start our regular 16-week season, and we’ll be downtown every Saturday.

For a complete market schedule and for more information on the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market, go to the website www.cranbrookfarmersmarket.com.

Spring brings fresh Creston strawberries, salad and microgreens, farm eggs, pork, lamb and beef from local area producers, along with baked goods, artisans and body care items.

The first winter-spring market season was an over-all success, Jensen said.

“It’s the first year we tried it, so we’re definitely in the growing phase — letting the vendors get an opportunity to try it out and the market patrons learn that we have that opportunity.

“But for a lot of our growers and meat producers, they were very happy to have the opportunity to connect with customers who are looking for locally produced food in other months besides our regular market season.

“So we’ll certainly work to building on that for next year.”