Thomson: Time link between summer and spring idyllic for Central Okanagan

I’ve always preferred the brief “between-season” when spring starts turning into summer.

Everyone has a favourite season in the Central Okanagan.

In Kelowna, hockey lovers may prefer winter and Rockets games at Prospera Place; summer is great for barbecues and afternoons on the patio; and fall brings spectacular colours.

Those are all well worth looking forward to, but I’ve always preferred the brief “between-season” when spring starts turning into summer.

First and foremost, the spring legislative session usually wraps up in late May.

Beautiful as Victoria may be, it’s always nice to come home, spend more time with my family, and get back into constituency work.

But April and May are also the start of a very busy calendar in Kelowna.

In towns around B.C., the end of spring marks the beginning of outdoor farmers’ market season.

In my opinion, Kelowna is lucky to have one of the very best as 2012 marks the 17th season for the Kelowna Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market.

From humble beginnings, they have grown to become B.C.’s largest farmers’ market.

As always, the outdoor market runs Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. through Oct. 31 on the corner of Springfield Road and Dilworth Drive.

Stop by early and often for great food, and the chance to meet and support local farmers.

And while I love the market in Kelowna, there’s a lot of farm fresh food available at farmers’ markets across the province.

If you happen to be travelling around B.C. this summer, the B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets website has a handy Market Finder application, so you can find fresh produce wherever your travels take you. Look for it at

May long weekend is full of events. This year, the 2012 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship will call the H2O Adventure & Fitness Centre home.

If you’re not familiar with the Masters Swimming Association, they’re a great national network of swimming clubs that promote swimming as fun, fitness and participation.

Each year, the best swimmers from clubs across Canada converge to compete.

The competition is incredibly tough—no shortage of Canadian records has been set by masters club swimmers—but they also have a lot of fun.

It will be great to have them in Kelowna, and I know they’re in for a good weekend.

Last but certainly not least, I think everyone in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan knows that May means Rutland May Days.

One of the highlights on everyone’s calendar, the festival kicks off its 53rd year with the May Days Parade on May 18.

May Days has something for everyone—even if you’re not up to “hair-raising and tummy-turning” rides, there are games, food, events, and entertainment for all tastes.

April and May aren’t technically a season.

But this “in-between” season has more than enough going for it to qualify for an asterisk.

Steve Thomson is the Liberal MLA for Kelowna-Mission.

Just Posted

Accident reported at Hwy 97C exit

Police was searching a nearby field but left after 30 minutes

Get rid of the kids for spring break

Check out the Okanagan Heritage Museum and Kelowna Art Gallery

Truck destroyed by fire in West Kelowna

A fire destroyed a truck at Wheel’s Truck Parts Friday

Central Okanagan MLAs plan public meeting on new B.C. taxes

Speculation Tax and Employer Health Tax will be the subject of panel discussion in Kelowna March 25

Sally Ann in Kelowna looking for emergency team volunteers

Information session planned for April 5 at the organization’s Community Church

What’s happening

Find out what events are taking place this weekend in the Okanagan and Shuswap

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

Experts are speaking out following the murder of a woman and her son in Ontario

Northern lights chasers in Canada discover new type named ‘Steve’

Phenomenon linked to a powerful current created by charged particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Correction: Museum fashion tour to be held Saturday

A mistake was in Wednesday’s edition of the newspaper incorrectly stating a different day

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Washington state backs B.C. in pipeline dispute

Governor Jay Inslee says he is ‘allied’ with the province on Trans Mountain expansion projection

SAY WHAT? Readers weigh in on high-speed rail to U.S.

B.C. to contribute $300,000 to a million-dollar business study on the proposed project

Most Read