Moses Brown of Schneider Brown Farms in Cawston carves a pumpkin during the Penticton Farmers Market on Saturday.
Knowing this, market manager Erin Trainer has extended the season, moving indoors for a few more Saturdays.
Yesterday, the market bid adieu to the 100 block of Main Street for the rest of 2013. Indoor markets will be held at the Shatford Centre on Nov. 2, Nov. 16, Nov. 30 and Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m., with parking available at nearby Penticton Secondary School.
"The focus for the indoor markets will be on produce," said Trainer. "It won't be a craft fair, but instead it's going to be all about farming. We'll have very few craft vendors, and instead we will bring all of our farmers from Cawston and Keremeos to sell root vegetables such as potatoes and beets - all the things you'd cook during the winter."
This past season was Trainer's first as market manager, and she hopes to offer more special events next year.
"We want to keep the momentum going," she said. "We're told by people who travel all over B.C. that our farmers market is by far the best, and that's nice to know. Next year, we want to offer more chef demos which will teach people how to cook the produce that they're buying."
This year, a new South Okanagan Boys and Girls Club program offered low-income seniors and families a $15 voucher to be spent at the market.
"The program is called 'nutrition coupon program' and it went over very well, and we'd like to expand on that," Trainer said.
She said there are 60 full-time vendors plus 30 casual vendors. On any given Saturday, they average 75 vendors in the 100 block, with July being the peak month.
The farmers market runs separately from the Downtown Penticton Association market, which operates for a shorter period of time in the 200 block of Main Street as well as Front Street and sometimes the 300 block. While the two organizations co-operate, Trainer notes they are separate entities.
It's anticipated that both market societies will be asked to address the contentious issue of dogs at the market. Currently, the City of Penticton allows dogs on a lead to be in public spaces provided owners clean up after them. The issue has divided the community. In an online survey by the Penticton Herald, those favouring dogs in the market almost equalled those opposed.
The issue appeared to take on a life of its own after a letter to the editor by Joan Carty was published stating the dogs were a nuisance and a possible hazard to seniors and children. Many others argued the dogs add charm and character to the market. Several seniors wrote in support, stating they are no longer capable of owning a dog but enjoy seeing them.