The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is inviting people across the province to bring their friends out to their favourite local farmers’ market, and the Fort St. James Farmers’ Market is joining in with the BCAFM’s Meet My Market contest over the month of July.
Farmers’ markets across the province offer an abundance of locally grown produce and other goods, live music, children’s activities, cooking classes, workshops and a place for the community to meet and share experiences.
Throughout the month, more than 60 of the 125 farmers’ markets across the province will be having local contests in conjunction with the Meet My Market contest which will be giving away two weekend getaways to Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan, said Georgia Stanley, Manager of Membership and Communications, BCAFM.
“On the provincial level, when people bring a friend to the farmers’ market in July they can enter to win one of two getaways to a resort in the Okanagan which includes wine touring,” said Stanley.
Stanley added people can also enter the grand prize giveaway on the association’s social media webpage on Facebook by posting a photo of their favourite farmers’ market or in person at participating markets by tagging @bcfarmersmarket and #MeetMyMarket to enter.
“We have a Facebook contest page where you can see all the different entries,” she said. “On top of that we have just over 60 markets who will be offering additional incentives for shoppers to bring their friends and that includes everything from a free market bag, free coffee, a market treat or some are offering market bucks.”
Funding for Meet My Market month was provided, “In part by the BC Government’s Buy Local Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding from the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Vancity and the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets,” Cinci Csere, Media Relations, The
Social Agency, stated in a news release.
Charlotte Croquet, president Fort St. James Farmers Market Association, said the local market here in town will be taking part in local prize giveaways and is hoping to have a number of special activities over the month and suggests checking in with the farmers’ market weekly to see what is happening.
“There will be some other things going on too, occasionally we get an entertainer, but we never know ahead. Each week there could be some other small prizes as well,” she said.
“And (we will) have a little bit of fun too.”