Market vendors happy with new location

The Kelowna downtown farmer’s market was busy Saturday morning

Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market vendors were happy with their spot on Bernard Avenue.

The market expanded its location, which is typically held on Dilworth Drive every Wednesday and Saturday, to include a smaller market downtown which will run every Saturday until Sept. 9.

Saira Abid, of Summer Farm said her booth sold out of most of its vegetables by 9 a.m.

Organizer Megan Koch said the point of the downtown market is to attract foot traffic that’s already in the area.

She has also seen a few people come to the market from West Kelowna but doesn’t want to take away customers from the other market.

There is no designated parking for the downtown location.

“The library parade is free on Saturdays and it’s a short walk away as well as the city parking lot,” said Koch. “Street parking will unfortunately get busy throughout the day but that’s the nature of downtown.”

Prime free parking locations can be found through the City of Kelowna’s website, she said.

“We’re small so we’re hoping it won’t be too much of an issue.”

Organizers are also encouraging people to use bikes and other forms of transportation.

The downtown market started off with 15 vendors with the goal to reach 30 at its spot down the street from The Sails.

Some vendors will rotate from the other market location while others will stay downtown. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.