Kelowna farmers’ market to benefit from early spring weather

Unseasonably warm weather has the vendors at the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market, raring to go.

Unseasonably warm weather has the vendors at the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, raring to go.

“Everything is happening a bit sooner than usual,” said Gisele Glover, the market manager.

“I’ve been speaking to some of the farmers, and they’re already out in their yards and orchards getting organized. They’ll be good to go when the market opens April. 1.”

Although there was a great deal of fuss last year about  finding a new location, Glover said the market is staying put at the lot across from Orchard Park mall that they’ve occupied for 20 years.

“We’re in no rush to change anything,” she said.

It also doesn’t look as though the market’s membership will be diminished in the months ahead.

Although some vendors, at the height of controversy around finding a new location, had said they intended to leave the market, numbers have remained consistent.

“We’re just finishing up season applications, and there are the same amount of vendors,” said Glover.

While it seems as though much of what ahead will remain the status quo, there will be one noticeable change.

Licensing to provide wine sales and tastings is almost complete and Glover said  there should be local vintages available to taste by May.

The market will have its outdoor season from April to October, running from 8 a.m. to 1p.m.