Small is mighty – that’s the first thought that comes to mind when we visit the relatively new Cumberland Farmers Market. An offshoot of the Comox Valley Farmers Market, the Cumberland fixture got its start just this year and has been successful enough that the vendors are hoping to carry on in to September rather than wrapping things up at the end of August. Either way, this great little market is full of character and is worth a visit.
Spread around the perimeter of the village square, the Cumberland Farmers Market offers pretty much anything you could want to prepare a meal, and then some. Ethically-raised beef, chanterelle mushrooms and organic produce are front and center, along with baked deliciousness and three different flavours of hemp ice cream. There are even gorgeous cut flowers for your dining table. There is a kids’ activity tent and a variety of craft vendors. And, like any good farmers market, the Cumberland event features live music.
If you get peckish (or don’t feel like cooking) there is a food truck offering the authentic flavours of Sri Lanka.
The Sunday that we visited we enjoyed a wander around and savoured the relaxed ambiance which seems to be part and parcel of this endearing rough-and-tumble village. There is none of the hustle and bustle of many of the larger farmers markets. So, if you are looking for quality products in a quieter environment, head to the Cumberland Farmers Market – it’s worth the trip!
The Cumberland Farmers Market runs every Sunday during the summer months between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Further information on the market dates can be found at the website:
The market is held at the Cumberland Village Square on Dunsmuir between Third and Fourth Avenues, next to the old post office (now the Wandering Moose Café).
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 49.618878 Long. -125.027220
N 49 37.133 W 125 01.633