Sunday, 1 March 2020

Our 2020 Season

Here's what to expect for the start of our 2020 Season.

Vendor Registration: 

We will be working on getting an updated Vendor Agreement ready for early April and you will find the Vendor Registration here on our blog (a new tab will appear at the top once it's ready).

Kick-off Meeting:
There will be a kick-off meeting for the season which is great for new vendors to get an idea of what we do and what to expect. 

Work Party:
We also have a work party a few weeks before opening to get the grounds cleaned up.  Everyone is welcome to come, adults, kids, and well-behaved dogs.  It's always a great time for a bit of work, great conversations and some shared pizza and treats.  There have been a few big branches that have come down and a fair bit of leaves that need raking.  We wash the booths and clean the food barn from top to bottom. 

Opening Day:
Our opening day will be Saturday, April 25th, 2020.  From then on, we'll be open every weekend until the end of September.

Friday, 30 August 2019

What you can expect for September

September is a great month at the market.  

We'll have a regular weekend for the first weekend over Sept 1st.  The kids are getting ready for back to school and we've got some of the tastiest fruit and vegetables for their lunchboxes alongside lots of other wonderful baking and treats.

We are open on Saturdays from 10:30 - 12:30 and Sundays 12:30 - 2:30.  We are open til the end of September with one exception - Fall Fair when our regular hours won't apply.   Check out the details below.  We hope you and your kids enter some interesting items into the Exhibition Hall, anything you can make, bake or grow! 

We are excited to continue to offer you all the best, freshest, local products.  It's been a wonderful season already, thank you to everyone who's been buying local !!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Mother's Day 2019

Update:  The winner of the Mother's Day Draw was 
Dale Humphries!

Remember to get Mom something special, we've got lots of great gift ideas at the market, shop Saturday and bring Mom back on Sunday!  It's always a good time at the market.

4365 McLeod Road, where FRESH meets LOCAL every weekend.

Friday, 26 April 2019

2019 Opening Weekend

We're getting ready for another incredible season at the Market.  We hope you join us often and support local growers and producers that work hard every week to bring a wide variety of fresh and tasty products to our community!


We open April 27/28th, 2019 and will be open:

Saturdays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Sundays 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.


We welcome everyone!  We would ask that you leave your dogs at home, please


4365 McLeod Road.  Take Duncan Street past the airport, stay to your right and follow the signs.  There is lots of parking inside the grounds and overflow street parking too.


We are a 100% Make It, Bake It, Grow It or Wild Harvest It Market.  You won't find anything better.  With over 70 registered vendors even before we open, it's going to be a full house from the get-go.

Join us this weekend and join us often.  You can make a difference in the lives of small business owners that make Powell River their home.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Do you want to be a vendor?

If you're interested in joining the Powell River Farmers' Market in the 2019 season here are some of the basics before you apply (vendor registration will open at the beginning of April)

Our season runs from the last full weekend in April to the last weekend in September. 

We are a "make it, bake it, grow/raise it, or wild harvest it" market.    If you meet the criteria below then you should be ready to register.

$40 annual membership
10% of daily sales (min $5 max $50)

Booth assignments will be completed the week before we open.  Priority of booth/vendor space is given in the following order:  farmer, food vendors, artisans & crafters.

Approved Products

The Powell River Farmers' Market operates in line with the BC Association of Farmers' Markets definition of approved products as stated below:

The reselling of goods purchased from wholesalers or other commercial outlets is not allowed.

You can grow, make, bake, raise or wild harvest the products that you sell at the Powell River Farmers' Market.

Grow means:
Farm products that are grown or produced on Powell River, BC land.

Nursery products, such as plants, trees, or seeds that are grown and/or propagated by a farm vendor in Powell River, BC for the purpose of re-planting.

Cut flowers and herbs that were grown and/or propagated by the farm vendor.

Make means:

Processed/prepared foods: a value-added edible product that has been cut, cooked, smoked, canned or otherwise altered from its original/natural state.  Valid FoodSafe certificate required.

Artisanal and craft products: value-added products that are created, sewn, constructed or otherwise fashioned from component materials in a way that makes the item unique. These may include raw component products that were purchased or that originated on one’s farm. An artist may sell reproductions of their own original creation. 

Services that are provided at the farmers’ market. Examples include knife sharpening, chair massage

Bake means:
Products that are baked from scratch ie; utilizing basic ingredients, not purchased pre-mixed or pre-made components. 

Raise means:  
Farm products that are raised on Powell River, BC land or wild lands or waters in Powell River, BC, with the appropriate permits. 

Wild harvest means:

Products harvested, caught, hunted or wildcrafted from wildlands or waters in/around Powell River, BC, with the appropriate permits.

If you have additional questions you can email us at

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Community Partnerships

The way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community.   - Jeff Bridges

Powell River is a community full of individuals taking local actions.  Our community benefits from the passion people bring, whether it be art, music, sports or a number of other passions we see and experience on a regular basis.

This community and the partnerships we have within it are so important to a vital, healthy, growing farmers market.

There are several partnerships that have developed into strong relationships over the past few years. These partnerships have helped small business owners, entrepreneurs,  families in need,  pregnant women and new moms. Our connections in our community continue to grow and expand, but we would like to share a few of our successes with you.

Family Place and BOND (Babies Open New Doors)

The farmers market nutrition coupon program is a partnership between the BC association of farmers markets, the province of British Columbia and the provincial health services authority. Powell River is one of over 60 communities where a local farmers' market partners with community organizations to help improve the health and well-being of community members at every stage of life.

On a weekly basis, participants receive $21 in nutrition coupons which can be spent just like cash at the Powell River Farmers Market. Not only does this allow new moms, low-income families, and seniors to come and buy fresh produce, eggs, nuts and frozen meat but it also helps increase local food security, awareness of local food availability and allows additional funds to flow through our community.

The community partner manages the registration and distribution of the nutrition coupons.  Participants bring the coupons to the farmers' market and purchase the fresh, local products they need. Farmers accept the coupons and cash them in at the end of the day.  Last year this project allowed close to $10,000 worth of sales to occur at the market. It is (conservatively) estimated that this money cycles through our community at least 2 to 3 more times as locals continue to buy local. This year there is an increase in the number of participants as well as the amount participants receive, $21 this year as opposed to  $15 in previous years. Local fundraising has also been put in place to allow the support of seniors in this program.

This is the first year that the Tla'amin Pre/Postnatal group through Tla'amin Health will also be participating.  Welcome to the program and we look forward to seeing you at the market! 

The program is quick to fill up each year, but applications are always available and can be filled out at Family Place. 

The Powell River Action Center Food Bank

For the past two years, incredible work has been underway at the local food bank. If you join us at the market on the weekends, you will see a representative from the food bank at our market each day. This representative provides information to the community while the market is open and once the market closes, collects donations from local farmers and bakers who have produce, eggs, baking or frozen meat available for donation.  The farmers are able to claim up to 25% of the total value of the donation as a  charitable tax deduction.

This has allowed local farmers and bakers to give fresh, nutritious food to the food bank who then, in turn, distributes it to their participants during the week. It has only been in the last couple of years that the food bank has had the ability to receive and store food in cold storage, allowing items like produce and eggs to keep until their distribution date. 

The feedback from the community has been spectacular! Families that require the help of the food bank are delighted to find fresh greens, half a box of fresh eggs or some fresh baking in their allotments.  This is one more way that a local community partnership supports food security in Powell River, connects local people with what is grown locally and helps reduce spoilage or waste.  

Powell River Public Library

We are pleased to host Storytime from the Library every July and August. This has been a wonderful opportunity for children at the market, including vendors children, to enjoy puppetry, rhymes, singalong songs and of course stories in a sweet summertime setting. 

With the Library's support, the market is also able to host the Annual Travelling Puppet Show.  Children absolutely love this show and attendance is especially high for these events.  

The library visits the market every Saturday in July and August and storytime starts at  11:00 AM and goes until 11:30 AM.   We would like to thank Deb Zagwyn for her enthusiasm and support over the past several years and we are excited to welcome Deb's daughter Sonia Zagwyn to carry on this wonderful tradition.  

Boomerang Bags is a grassroots, community-driven movement tackling plastic pollution at its source.
For over a year volunteers have gathered at Fibrespace to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.

The bags are available for use at the farmers' market from a large wooden bin. As a plastic bag alternative that can be used, reused and returned.  The bags not only provide a convenient option to shoppers but also start conversations and bring awareness to our actions towards a sustainable future.

Local advocate Lesley Thorsell has been the catalyst behind making Boomerang Bags a reality in Powell River.  We are so pleased to offer them at the market.  

These are a few examples of community partnerships that have helped our market grow, thrive and add new connections within our town.  Our sense of community grows stronger as we come together, help eachother, support eachother and share in passions that take ideas and create a community-centric solution that supports our growth, health, and longevity.  

Keep up the great work Powell River and remember if you're passionate about something, acting on that passion will make it a reality.