The summer farmers’ market season in Rossland begins on Thursday.
The Rossland Mountain Market Society will once again showcase a variety of vendors, as well as musical acts, at Queen Street and Columbia Avenue from 3 to 6 p.m. The summer season will run every Thursday until Oct. 5.
Vendors this season will include farmers, artisans and food vendors.
“Not the hot food vendors per say, but like baked goods and some ice pops, and different things like that,” explains Melissa Gresley-Jones, market manager.
Last year the market introduced memberships to help cover costs and to offer some perks for those who wanted to support the market.
Members get a free entry into the annual December members-only draw, five per cent off swag and tickets to special events, a vote at the AGM and the opportunity to help the market thrive.
Members who signed up last year can pay their annual dues of $10 at the market, and those who have yet to sign up can become members for a lifetime membership fee of $10, plus the annual dues.
A big focus for Gresley-Jones this season is having lots of options at the market.
“That’s one of the things on our Facebook page is I’m trying to make it really real about how you can come to the market and how it supports everyday life,” she says.
There are also two new changes to this year’s market.
The Rossland Public Library, Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre and the Family Action Network will be partnering on children’s programming at the market this year.
And there will be yoga.
Outdoor Karma Yoga will be held outside the Rossland Public Library from 5 to 5:45 p.m.
“People can either go to the market before and do the yoga after, or go to yoga and have a few minutes at the end to run over and do your shopping,” says Gresley-Jones.
Participants should bring a mat or blanket and a Karma donation.
The market is always looking for more musicians, vendors and volunteers. Youth are also encouraged to participate and pay a smaller fee if they want to be vendors.