The Kitimat Food Share Program, ran by Kitimat Community Services Society put on their first Kitimat Public Market on Sunday, July 12th. Volunteers from past Farmers Markets came out to support the new market and even the sun was willing to come out and shine.
“We had 33 [vendors] signed up, we ended up with 35 and there were a few that didn’t come because they were ill,” said Liz MacDonald. She estimated there would be 40 vendors in two weeks when they have the market again.
While the market was meant to be a farmers market there were only three vendors selling produce. Two of them sold preserves and the third was from the Happy Pig Organic Farm in Smithers.
In addition to those vendors, there were people selling crafts, photos, glassware, soap, seasonings, home businesses and much, much more. Food vendors were out as well and there was pottery painting and a bounce house for the children.
The market was busy for the four hours it was on. People browsed the vendors, sampled the food and enjoyed the weather.
“I think that now that we started it and people know where we are, I think today can be considered a success,” said MacDonald. “I think that it’s going to continue to grow. This is a really positive thing for Kitimat. This is bringing people together in a really positive atmosphere.”
MacDonald suggested the next market could involve people playing music around the square and it will have a carnival atmosphere. They want to proceed to a community garden as well.Continued here. Why? So we could add more pictures.
Marlene Thimer from Happy Pig Farms had people lining up before the market even began.
Michelle Lagland was selling home made soaps.