The Farmers Market Trail is as natural, as the lands throughout Route 97 are rich and abundant. People have been growing great things here for as long as there have been farmers. Let’s face it… things just taste better when grown locally. Our farmers markets have all the great organic and non-organic produce you’ve been craving. There’s also locally grown meats, ocean wise fish, baked goods, honeys, jam, jellies and other handmade preserves.
Markets South of the 49th
There is no shortage of farmers markets along the Farmers Market Trail. North Central Washington’s most famous farmers market is in the parking lot of the Pybus Market in Wenatchee. Get your fill of local goodness from May through December with a wide variety of locally produced fruits and vegetables as well as cheeses, honey, handmade breads and craft items. In the winter, the interior of the Pybus Market has all the same greatness as the outdoor market, and a few restaurants too!
Larger seasonal markets (May/June to late October) include: the Leavenworth Farmers Market, the Chelan Farmers Market, the Okanogan Valley Farmers Market in both Okanogan and Omak, WA. There are smaller markets at most of the villages and towns that dot the valley and mountains throughout the Route 97 corridor.
Markets North of the 49th
Smell the freshly baked breads, pies and cookies along the Farmers Market Trail in BC. Our outdoor farmers markets are open from April/May to September/October. Several move indoors for the winter. There’s fresh grown produce, handcrafted cheeses and breads, organic and free range meats, wines, ciders, ales, preserves, honey and crafts.
In the town of Osoyoos you’ll find the farmers market in town square. Summerland and Penticton, close off the streets so you can wander the market and visit the local shops. In Oliver and Peachland, the farmers markets are in a park so you’ll have all the shade you need. West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Kelowna, and Vernon farmers markets are set up in large parking lots. Enjoy the goodness offered from dozens and dozens of vendors with everything from produce to skin care products and food trucks!
Armstrong is home to BC’s longest continually running farmers market. Come have a good old chin wag with the vendors as you enjoy your freshly made coffee with a homemade muffin. The Kamloops Farmers Market operates outdoors during the warmer months and then moves inside when the temperature begins to drop. The Kelowna and Vernon markets also move their wares indoors in the winter, for year-round farmers market shopping.
You’ll find several smaller farmers markets on the loops and road trips that weave their way throughout Route 97. There are also bazaars and smaller indoor vendor markets on both sides of the border. For a list of farmers markets in the Thompson Okanagan, and their dates and times go to BC Farmers Markets.