The mission of South Cowichan Farmers Market is to provide a conveniently located venue where local farmers, producers, crafters and artisans can come together to provide a variety of fresh produce and related products directly to the consumer.
The market encourages direct communication between consumers and growers and fosters social gathering and community building.
The secondary goals are to educate the consumer about the many benefits to the individual, community and the environment of buying locally produced food, and to enrich the community and local culture.
Our market presents local vendors selling everything from produce, handmade artisan gifts, delicious homemade food, baked goods, coffee, tea, and popcorn. The market features entertainment, raffles and contests for both vendors and shoppers.
Designed not only as a shopping place but also as a social community venue. Our aim is to support local farmers and small business people who grow, make or bake their products. South Cowichan Farmers Market is there to help educate the buying public on how their food and other essential products are produced and used. Vancouver Island has the unrivalled benefits of having some of the best local organic farms and small producers around.
South Cowichan Farmers Market will provide a Sunday outing where there are a variety of local items for every one. Come and have a look for yourself and we hope you will be pleasantly surprised. Meet the local farmers and producers and buy directly from them.
Happy shopping. And thank you for supporting your local community.
SUNDAYS 10AM –3PM
AT THE CROSSROADS CENTRE
4485 TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY AT KOKSILAH ROAD
The weather was great, a nice sunny day. Even for a long weekend holiday there was a steady flow of shoppers that came out to the market with their shopping bags in hand looking for great local food and artisan crafts to buy. The total for vendors ended up being 45. There were a few new faces, which was great to see. The Mexican food truck was doing well with their food, Conrad Davies with Apatate, the poutine truck sold out of fries. Geordie Haslam of Haslam Haven Farm did very well with all of their local produce. The winner of the free vendor draw was Justin Gilbertson of Fogy Mountain Forge from Shirley in the Sooke area. The winner of the 50/50 vendor draw was Leigh Parker and Troy Lywood from EmmAlly’s Bakery and Café. Thank you to all the vendors that came out to the market and I look forward to seeing you again this weekend.
Conrad Davies Amazing Food truck
Well after a few really hot Sundays the weather was much better for this market. The grand total for Vendors was 50.Of that 30 were food and food related items. So another great turn out. It was nice to see shoppers starting to make it a regular Sunday outing. Dale Manson playing live music was great again. Thank you Dale. The Mexican food truck provided some amazing food. The ice cream was selling and the 9 farm vendors had a huge variety of fruits and vegetables .I noticed many shoppers walking around with a variety of baked goods. The winner of the Free Vendor Day was Roger Christie from Donut King Concessions. Bev North from Deep Fired Ice Cream won the 50/50 vendor raffle. I thank all the vendors that came out to the market and look forward to seeing you next week
First off thank you to all 44 vendors that came out to battle the heat. First we couldn’t get a nice day then we got it full on. When it’s sunny in the Cowichan Valley you can really feel it. It was nice to see some new vendors such as Galloping Goose Sausage Company, Red Nettle Farm, and Fat Chili Farm. Cathie from Wee Baby Bonnets & Hats won the Free Vendor Day raffle. Not too shabby for her first time out to the market. Cheers Cathie. The Music was great from Dale Manason as usual. Thank you heaps Dale. Richard from Goldas Finest Foods was a blast as always and Pat Swan from Stone Field Farm had a wicked new sign on her tent I must say. Providence farm had an amazing array of farm produce a vendor not to be missed when shopping. It was a mix of local shoppers and tourists so the word is getting out there about the market. Again thank you all the attended.
First off this market was the largest so far with 60 vendors, of those 24 were selling food and food related items. A great day for both ice cream vendors. An amazing turn out.
Law of averages says sooner or later the sun was going to shine. The market day was full of sun. For the jewellery people that was awesome for the bakers that needed a little shade thanks for persevering. Lots of new faces from shoppers to vendors. Carolyn& Roger Carr from Suzie Q creative Art won the free day vendor raffle. As usual Merridale Ciderworks did very well, along with Jenny’s Olde- Country Fare. Lizetta Hanley from Maple Groove Farm had a really awesome table heaped with fresh fruit and vegetables. Providence Farm showed up with 2 vans stuffed with produce, great variety Mark. The Pony Rides from Alpine Stables were at hit with the kids. We ran out of free popcorn and the music from Ron Ingram really set a nice friendly vibe for the market. A big thank you to Ron. A job very well done. We did sell a few of the new South Cowichan Farmers Market T-shirts.
Again a really huge thank you to all the vendors for a fun day.
First off I thank all the vendors that came out this week. It was a smaller vendor market with 40 vendors. Two weeks in row the weather had its own agenda. But people still came out to see the new market. Each week I have noticed more shoppers are coming with their reusable shopping bags in hand. That’s a great thing. It was nice to see some new faces come out as vendors like Kathryn Laramee -The Cake Diva. Hannah Morten did a really good job laying music. The Pony Rides and Train Ride went over well with the kids. Heaps of dog owners bringing out the family pets. Kilipi Road (the tomato people) had one cucumber a yellow tomato and 4 bell peppers left. I would have bought their last tomato but it was yellow .I have a thing for red ones. Great veggies you guys. Ben from Bens Back yard had some great stories, Eleen the jam lady was a riot and Carver had the best chairs ever I almost fell asleep in one. The winner of the FREE vending day was Julie & Andy from Island Day Lily Farm & Garden. Almost 500 cars were counted in the parking lot from shoppers.
An awesome market that will grow week after week. Thank you to all.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE VENDORS FOR COMING OUT TO THE MARKET.
The sun gods didnt shine down on us but we still had a great time. There was 46 vendors and of those 14 farms so a great turn out. The parking lot was full all day long with customers .Lots of people shopping ,listening to the music and having fun.The dog tent went over really well with all the pet owners. And the kids liked the kids tent with bubbles.It was nice to see customers coming with their shopping bags and leaving with lots of farmers market goodies in them.A big thank you to Merridale Ciderworks who had to wake up at 12 mid-night to start baking their amazing pastries and breads for the market.
frog song farm
stone field farm
MAPLE GROOVE FARM
fairtide FARM OLD ROAD FARM
ARBUTUS RIDGE FARM
KILIPI ROAD farm
AND........ bENS BACK YARD.......