Fort St. James farmers market calls all youth

The farmers market has three new vendors this year but more are needed.

Bea Barnes is the Junior Entrepreneur Program co-ordinator and is seen in front of her rafting booth at the Fort St. James farmers market in Spirit Square.

Fort St. James — Each year the Fort St. James farmers market gets a little bigger but there is still room for growth, said Charlotte Croquet, co-president of the farmers market .

“There are three new vendors this year but we would like to have more. We would like to have more produce vendors,” said Ms. Croquet.

That’s why this years market has started a junior entrepreneurs program. The idea is to allow children aged 8-16 the ability to sell things they have made.

The program will allow youth to benefit from a reduced rate of membership and requires them to make, bake or grow their product entirely themselves. They must however have an adult working with them at their booth said Bea Barnes, the junior entrepreneur program organizer and farmers market participant.

“It gives them a chance to get involved and test the market. If they have a particular craft or are growing produce, they can see what its like to sell it,” said Ms. Barnes.

Every Friday from 11:30-4:30, vendors and customers alike can enjoy in the gathering of the various home-made items in Spirt Square. Some items already being sold include woodworkings, organic soaps, locally grown meat, homemade baked goods, handmade crafts, homemade greeting cards and coffee.

Coralie’s Whispering Herbs is one of the new vendors. Run by Fort St. James resident Coralie Eva Parker,49, AKA Corrie, her items for sale include lotions, ointments, and soaps to name a few.

“My aches-and-pain salve and bug-off cream seem to be doing very well,” said Ms. Parker.

If you are a junior entrepreneur, or anyone with a crafting, growing, baking, sewing, carving or mixing idea, call Ms. Barnes at 250-996-7633.