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Creston Farmers Market opens for the year at Market Park

Brett of Sutcliffe Farms — a second generation asparagus farmer with the first produce of the season. (Barry Coulter photo)

The Creston Valley Farmers Market is back outdoors for the year and happily ensconced in the newly redeveloped Market Park until October.

More than 20 vendors lined the grounds on Saturday for opening weekend. By the peak of the season in mid-summer, there is upwards of 60 vendors.

The new Market Park is nestled between Highway 3 and the Canadian Pacific Railway, spanning from the grain elevators to Pealow’s. The site is now a permanent home for the Market and what will be the adjacent Heritage Park, a site for heritage and culture of the Yaqan Nukiy people.

Originally initiated in 2013, the Town of Creston applied for provincial funding four years ago with a vision to transform the under-utilized brownfield site into something useful and beautiful.

Funding was provided in part by by Pacific Economic Development Canada ($750,000 – Canada Community Revitalization Fund) and Columbia Basin Trust ($650,000).

Nigel Francis of Cartwheel Farms. (Barry Coulter photo)
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Lenore Northey, with Aprons With Pizzaz. (Barry Coulter photo)
Kip Cantrell of Thistle Farm. (Barry Coulter photo)
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About the Author: Barry Coulter

Barry Coulter had been Editor of the Cranbrook Townsman since 1998.
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