Growing success at the Kamloops Farmers’ Market

TRU students can further their education with the Farmers’ Market bursary

Sydney Goward at the Farmers Market. (Submitted)

Sydney Goward at the Farmers Market. (Submitted)

For those students looking to get a leg up on their course fees, the Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market offers a bursary for a student every year. The bursary is dedicated to those students who work or plan to work in the promotion of local food security while attending post-secondary.

This isn’t something that is targeting just horticulture and natural resource science students either, anyone can apply as long as they’re working on local food challenges and live in the region.

The farmers’ market has proved an important event to some TRU students, who wish to encourage local sustainability.

“It is important to eat local and support local farmers,” said Sydney Goward at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

With all the produce coming from within a 65 km radius, the market is about as local as you can get.

Sydney Goward is a Natural Resource Science student at TRU. She heard about the farmers’ market on Discover TRU Day and has been going ever since.

Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St Paul St. transforms into a mecca of arts, crafts, fresh baked goods, lunch items and delicious local fruits and vegetables. Around 70 vendors come to the market each week bringing with them their own unique addition to a local shopping experience.

Annelise Grube-Cavers, the Saturday market manager, said the market is put on to “promote and support people who are engaging in local agriculture.”

It has the capability to bring people together and shows what the Kamloops area has to offer. Grube-Cavers also talked about the many great opportunities there are available for students at the market.

Every week, close to a thousand people mingle among the vendors. This makes it a great space for students to do some networking within the community. Often, the owners of a local business will be the ones running their stand, hoping to share their products and knowledge with the shoppers. Customers can get to know some of the local businesses and talk to them about what they do, their produce and jobs they might have available.

Students can even come as backyard vendors. This means that for the day, at a very reasonable price, a student can set up their own stand and sell paintings, handcrafted art or even vegetables from their own garden.

There is an opportunity to busk at the market as well. With all the people filing through the market every Saturday, the farmers’ market proves good venue to showcase your musical talent.
The market creates a platform that gives a voice to events happening in the community too. Information on political happenings, current events and things to do in Kamloops are available every week and the market can be a great way to stay informed.

There is also a volunteering option for students that would like to get involved and help out. In a three-hour time slot, a volunteer can operate a booth, do customer surveys, help clean up and get free produce afterward. Goward said it was “a pretty relaxing” day and the free produce was just a bonus for her.