Fiddlehead Farmers’ Market – June 13, 2009

My favourite Saturday summer activity….the Fiddlehead Farmers’ Market in Gibsons.

Today was the first market of the season and there was a record turnout of produce vendors. This is the Fiddlehead’s 3rd season and it has grown and improved so much since the first market. There is a core of faithful farmers and vendors who attend every week with tasty salad greens, herbs, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and fresh berries.

This week there were also turnips, fresh flowers, potatos and rhubarb. A few new members were welcomed this week and the consignment table was huge.

The consignment table is where backyard gardeners are encouraged to bring in some of their garden extras, even if they don’t have enough for a whole stand. Market volunteers take care of the selling and you get paid for your extra produce. Everyone wins and it is always a surprise as to what will be available each week.
Live music is also a part of the market featuring local talents. Our park setting mixed with music creates a fabulous atmosphere. Children run about with plenty of room, music fills the air, and customers visit with vendors over how the food is grown and other community topics.
I have a baking stand at the market most weeks. Rhubarb from my garden was the feature this week: rhubarb pie, rhubarb bread, rhubarb cakes and pineapple-rhubarb muffins. A successful day with only 2 items brought home…one of which was perfect for a Sunday picnic.
The Fiddlehead Farmers’ Market continues every Saturday until Thanksgiving from 9-1 behind the curling club in Gibsons BC. Come check it out!