Errington’s farmers market – like the place itself – is all about community and a casual atmosphere

Errington’s farmers market is as much a meet-and-greet as anything – the casual vibe makes for a great start to the weekend

Many farmers markets are all about food.  Others are about more eclectic commercial activity. The Errington Farmers Market is all about community. And warm-from-the-oven sticky buns.

And, of course, there are the sticky buns – baked on-site and served warm from the oven.

            Tucked away in a rustic forest setting in the funky district whose name it bears, the Errington Farmers Market has a long history of community involvement and dedication. 2012 marks the market’s 39th season of providing locally-grown and produced foodstuffs and crafts for area residents and visitors. Its longevity is, we think, a testament to the laid-back atmosphere and family-friendly venue that sees neighbours visiting over a coffee and kids scattering through the large adjoining open field as they let their imaginations run rampant in childhood games.           

There are so many one-of-a-kind items to be found at the Errington Farmers Market

Many of the markets that we have visited and enjoyed have more of a high-energy vibe to them – people go to them intent on getting the best selection of fresh groceries for the week, and disappear shortly thereafter.  Lingering to enjoy the ambience and the company of neighbours is not on their agenda. For those who head to the Errington market visiting seems to carry just as much importance as what is available for sale – the pace is slower and more relaxed and offers a pleasant change from the rushed lives that so many of us lead. It makes for a great, leisurely start to the weekend.

Kids are an integral part of the market and seem to enjoy the freedom it offers as much as their parents enjoy the socializing

            The market’s vendors offer a wide variety of products. Flowers and plant material compete for visitors’ attention with hand-made hats and jewellery, locally-roasted coffee, colorful wool and yarn products, home baking, vegetables, garden furniture, beautiful quilted items – you name it, you will probably find it.  It may also be the last place on earth that you can purchase new tie-dyed garments, a throwback to the 1960s and ‘70s indicative of Errington’s true state of being.

Most of the vendors are set up under the permanent stalls that have been built at the park, adding to the charm of the market site.  There is a bandshell that provides a set-up for the musicians that appear each week, and a market basket raffle offers visitors the opportunity to win a basket of goodies put together by the vendors – a $1 ticket could win you a bounty of lovely stuff. There are many benches and tables at which to enjoy the aforementioned (almost world-famous) sticky buns and a truly good cup of coffee, or to linger over a quick lunch. Families have also been known to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the big open field adjacent to the market center.

Set in a forest glade, the Errington farmers market offers a very rustic, slow-paced experience. No hurrying here!

The Errington Farmers Market runs   between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Saturday from early May to the end of September. The official location is listed as 1390 Errington Road, but the easiest way to find it is to keep an eye out for the big old Errington Hall, and turn on to Veterans Road, which will lead you to the big field where you park. Further information can be obtained by going to the market website at:

www.erringtonfarmersmarket.ca

 

GPS co-ordinates are:

Lat. 49.28676964332457  Long. -124.37095820903778

S 124 22.257  W 124 22.257

Good coffee, great sticky buns, conversation and companionship – what better way to start the weekend!

 

Shirley

About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers. In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.
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