A grand opening is planned for Bouchie Lake’s first outdoor farmers’ market of the season.
After being a staple for the past previous years at the parking lot of Bouchie Lake Country Store, the market will have a new location at the community’s ball diamond.
“It was great to begin with but there was a lot of traffic and it was gravel — anybody who drove through it was putting dust all over people’s product,” said co-organizer Leslie Holland.
“So this [ball diamond] is nice and grassy. It’s fenced, so if you have your children they’re not going to be able to run out on the road, and we have some power available and lots of parking.”
While the market initially saw fewer visitors in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, Holland said they were still able to manage between four to six vendors that were more than they had expected.
Near the end of last summer, more people found themselves venturing outdoors and feeling comfortable enough to drop by to purchase baking, produce and more.
“People are wanting to be able to do something, and with it being outdoors it’s much safer,” Holland added, noting she is optimistic this season will be off to a busier start.
“I feel very strongly and very positive in hoping that people can relax a little bit and have an outing.”
Free hot dogs, popcorn and beverages will be available at the grand opening which is scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 5 from 4 to 7 p.m.
After the kickoff, markets will run — rain or shine — at the Bouchie Lake ball diamond from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday until the end of September.
Quesnel’s first farmers’ market of the year will be on May 1.