Fall at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market

Ashley (left) and Gaynelle Barkman sell colourful fall produce from Cariboo Valley Farms Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market. Lindsay Chung photo
Ann Whitford had a very festive display for the Thanksgiving weekend Quesnel Farmers’ Market Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Helen Dixon Grounds.
Douglas Gook sells chaga, honey, herbs, granola bars, zucchinis and much more Saturday, Oct. 12 at the second-to-last outdoor Quesnel Farmers’ Market. Lindsay Chung photo
Kordula Thompson sells her popular Gourmet Minis cheesecakes Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market. Lindsay Chung photo
The Layla Hanson Trio performs at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Helen Dixon Grounds. This was the second-to-last outdoor market of 2019. Lindsay Chung photo
It took quite a few hands to bring Dave Koster’s pumpkin over to the scale for the Giant Pumpkin Contest Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market. Koster’s pumpkin was second in the contest, weighing in at 126 pounds. Lindsay Chung photo
Lenz Jean Francois weighs his pumpkin during the Giant Pumpkin Contest Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market. He won third place with his pumpkin, which weighed in at 68.8 pounds. Lindsay Chung photo
Paul Zeegers places a pumpkin on the scale during the Giant Pumpkin Contest Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market. Lindsay Chung photo

As the Quesnel Farmers’ Market winds down for the season, the Thanksgiving weekend market featured a wide variety of colourful vegetables for your Thanksgiving feast and a Giant Pumpkin Contest.

The Giant Pumpkin Contest is a highlight each year, and on Saturday, Oct. 12, Cariboo Valley Farms won the 2019 edition with a 153-pound pumpkin. Koster’s Farm and Garden was second with a pumpkin that weighed 126 pounds, and Lenz Jean Francois was third with a 68.8-pound pumpkin. This year’s results were a reversal of the 2018 contest, when Dave Koster of Koster’s Farm and Garden narrowly beat Cariboo Valley Farms in sudden-death overtime with a pumpkin that weighed 177 pounds.

There will be one more chance to enjoy the Quesnel Farmers’ Market outdoors this fall, with the final market taking place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Helen Dixon Grounds.

After that, indoor markets will be held Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.

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