Giant pumpkin kickoff at Quesnel’s Farmers’ Market

This Saturday marks the Farmers’ Market’s Giant Pumpkin Kickoff.  The pumpkins themselves won’t be judged until the last regular market of the season, on the Thanksgiving weekend.

This coming Saturday, May 21,  affords all aspiring and accomplished “green thumbers”  a chance to get all set up to grow the biggest pumpkin in the whole north Cariboo.

Not only will you find giant pumpkin bedding plants (young starts just ready to be planted outdoors), but you can also count on market vendors to share with you their winning secrets on how to grow the biggest of the biggest.  Prizes be awarded for the three largest pumpkins, and, more importantly, an awful lot of bragging rights go with each prize.

So come on down to the Quesnel Farmers’ Market this Saturday.  Make a morning of it; enjoy a cup of strong, freshly brewed coffee, shop for pastries, breads and other goodies and stock up on all those early spring greens, like radish, lettuce, spinach and much more.

The market also features a full array of annual and perennial bedding plants and flowers, plus specialty items like birch syrup and garlic-based sauces and vinaigrettes. It is the perfect place to find unique gifts, with over a  dozen artisans selling their wares.  This Saturday, you can enjoy the singing and guitar playing of John Brisco.

The market is located at the Helen Dixon School site, on the corner of Kinchant and Carson, and is open from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Rob Borsato is president of Harvest which administers the Quesnel Farmers’ Market.