The corner of Kinchant Street and Carson Avenue in downtown Quesnel will once again be serving up fresh, locally grown produce, baking and more beginning this spring.
Quesnel Farmers’ Market will open on Saturday, May 7.
“We’ve been lucky that we were able to hold the market over the last couple of years with all the rules and regulations,” said president Paul Zeegers.
“This year, seeing that COVID is sort of waning, we hope to have another good year at the market.”
In 2021 the Quesnel Farmers’ Market was unable to have musical performers on stage until later in the season.
Market manager Tim Cawdell said they are hoping for the opposite this year and also have more “ready to eat” food trucks and vendors on site.
“Since COVID changed how markets operated over the past couple of years, ready-to-eat food vendors have been difficult to find, so we hope we are able to find a few for this season and seasons to follow,” Cawdell noted.
“Other than this, we are hoping to run our markets as “normally” as we did pre-COVID.”
In preparation for the year’s first market, Zeegers already has some plants growing in his greenhouse, such as spinach, Chinese cabbage, and bok choy.
He has been involved with the Quesnel Farmers’ Market for more than ten years after retiring early from Cariboo Pulp and Paper, where had he worked 33 years as a millwright.
“I enjoy the connection with the customers,” Zeegers said.
“It’s a partial social event, and educating the customers on foods and how simple it is to actually cook a wholesome meal.”
Markets will be open on the Helen Dixon Centre grounds from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday from May 7 to October 15.
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