What a beautiful autumn we’re having! Snapshots of the Penticton downtown market the first weekend of October. Around 10 am, and already about 20 C. Lovely sunny South Okanagan in British Columbia. Oh by the way–northern BC got about 18 cm of snow the same day, I’m told 🙂
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7 July 2012
Summer has finally arrived in the sunny South Okanagan. The thermometer is pushing well past 30 C every day, and the Penticton Saturday Downtown Market has become so popular that it now fills four full blocks! Check it out!
June 30, 2012
— or as some remarked rather cynically, “Junuary 30th!” What a day! One minute pouring rain, the next sun doing its best to pour through, rain battling back, sun peering out again. It seemed early in the day that it might be a “lost cause” market-wise, as the only folks on the street at Penticton’s downtown market were the vendors. But the amazing thing was that every time the rain let up for a moment, and the sun’s rays broke through, suddenly the street was flooded with customers, feet sloshing through the puddles even as they turned their faces happily upward toward the warmth of the sun. Then the rain would pour again, and they’d disappear – I assume it was a great day for the coffee shops along the street!
It was my first day at the market as a vendor. Fortunately for me, I was placed under an overhang — for shade! Well, it turned out I didn’t need much shading, but I was certainly grateful for the protection from the downpours.
Anyway, here are some snapshots of Penticton Downtown Market on the July Canada Day long weekend in Penticton in the sunny South Okanagan. Well, the mostly sunny South Okanagan, that is…
Oh, yes, the next day, Canada Day, started out the same. It was definitely an on-again, off-again morning, weather-wise. But the sun redeemed itself in the afternoon, and except for occasional splatters, the big birthday party in the park was a success I’m told. Happy 145th Canada!
As tourist numbers drop off with the arrival of autumn weather in Penticton, the Saturday downtown market starts to shrink. What was a full three blocks, overflowing onto side streets, during summer’s peak period, has dwindled to the 100 block of Main, and features mainly autumn fruits and vegetables, as most of the artisans have packed up for the season. Empty streetscapes and blowing fall leaves leave a slightly haunted feeling, as one almost senses the ghosts of busy markets past.
But most October market days the famous Penticton sun still shines, though its rays are at a lower angle, the skies are a paler shade of blue, and the shadows are longer and cooler. Booths that remain are still stocked high with healthy, organic produce, now with the amazingly bright colours and crunchy textures of autumn apples, squash, pumpkins and gourds … and a final few fresh tomatoes, as night temperatures have dipped to frosty levels and bid adieu to most of their compatriots.
Dried flowers and colourful sprigs of fall ivy replace bouquets of summer flowers. Root vegetables supplant spring and summer legumes, greens and cukes. A brilliant riot of drying hot peppers, along with numerous varieties of onions and garlics, promise delicious soups and stews in the cold months ahead. A great sunflower, loaded with ripe seeds, droops its heavy head in the chilly morning air. Sweet summer corn is long gone, but polka dot Indian corn on drying husks promises cozy winter nights, with popcorn popping in the fireplace.
The few remaining artisans booths offer cozy blankets and knit hats and mitts. Even most of the buskers are gone, though a remaining few, wrapped in scarves, bravely strum their guitars and play their fiddles with cold red fingers. The market itself is still crowded with enthusiastic customers – and their four-legged friends – but the majority of shoppers are locals, wrapped in fall sweaters, and stocking up for the snowy months ahead when the market will sit empty and silent, waiting patiently for the fresh new greens of spring to appear.
3 September 2011
One last sashay through the sea of colourful totes at the Penticton Farmers and Artisans Market! Today we feature wheeled contraptions and people power. Wagons, suitcases, wheeled grocery bags, granny carts, strollers, baskets on walkers and wheelchairs and bikes, pet strollers, bike trailers … commercially made or hand-made, you name it, you’ll find it at the Penticton Market, filled with fresh produce and with purchases of all kinds. And for those items that are just too large to fit into the tote you brought, or to beautiful to hide inside it, there’s always people power – tucked under your arm, or flung over your shoulder … though I’ve yet to see items perched on folks heads (unless it’s a new hat, of course) like those National Geographic pictures that intrigued me as a child and led to this series of posts 🙂
September 3, 2011
Our Penticton Saturday Farmers and Artisans Markets adventure in colour continues with a selection of purses, backpacks, and totes. Unlike their cousins, the disposable and reusable bags we’ve already admired, these carryalls are generally sturdier, more like those baskets we featured a few days ago. They also come in a wider variety of materials – leather and vinyl and canvas and more. They also feature pockets and zippers and other handy accoutrements, and many are hands-free with long over-the-shoulder straps or back-straps. Some feature decorative doo-dads, and others have key-chains and toys and other bright dangling decorations.
They are generally large enough to function as both pocketbooks and bags for carrying market purchases. How versatile! On the other hand, some are so small that one can only surmise that their owners are here just to window-shop or people-watch … or are hoping that the market merchants will have free disposable bags available for them to haul home the produce. Or perhaps, they’re here to actually purchase a new bag or basket. There are certainly enough market stalls featuring bags of all sorts that they’ll be able to find something uniquely suitable.
What kind of bag or basket or tote do you favour? Or do you have a whole collection of different kinds? And have you spotted your bag in our colourful series?
September 3, 2011
Aren’t they wonderful? Bright colours, sturdy fabric or plastic, or some combination thereof. Environmentally friendly, pretty much. Your choice of a variety of sizes. Straps that, unlike their disposable plastic cousins, don’t immediately dig into your flesh the moment a few things are placed in them. Washable. Great for over-sized Christmas stocking gifts from Santa (yes, indeed!). Fold down into neat little packages which you can easily stash under the car seat or in the trunk – and then forget to take into the store, so you end up purchasing a few more. Excellent for taking supplies to class, or for stashing away winter blankets and coats over the summer, or for using as recycle-reuse-reduce bins under the kitchen sink or in the mud-room.
Oh yes, and of course perfect for taking along to the Penticton Saturday Farmers and Artisans Markets, to bring home your fresh local produce and other purchases.
And best of all, they’re generally really inexpensive. Often just 99 cents or so – the price of just 20 or so of their disposable plastic cousins. What a deal! And in addition, you have the privilege of advertising your favorite stores as you use their bags. Hurrah for reusable store bags!
Hmmm… does it ever strike you as just as tad strange to use Safeway bags at the Wholesale store, and Walmart bags at Save-on-Foods, and Whole Foods Market bags at Home Hardware … and all of them at the Farmers Market?