Farmers’ Markets decide to amalgamate at one location

The newly amalgamated market will be held in the spring on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings in the spring.

The Shuswap Farm and Craft Market will be joining forces with the Salmon Arm Farmer's Market and will be moving from their location behind Centenoka Park Mall to the former Canadian Tire building.

The Shuswap Farm and Craft Market and the Salmon Arm Farmer’s Market will be combining their forces.

The decision to combine markets was made at the Shuswap Farm and Craft Market’s annual general meeting, Oct. 25.

The Shuswap market has been in the area for around 42 years, located between Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street SW, in the Rainbow Glass parking lot behind Centenoka Park Mall, while the Salmon Arm market opened about six months ago in the old Canadian Tire location.

The newly amalgamated market will be held in the spring on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., said Salmon Arm market coordinator Chris White.

The indoor-winter market starts Nov. 5 and will run every Saturday.

The lot can hold around 100 vendors, and they’ve had more than 55 applications already, said White.

The location at the old Canadian Tire has access to public washrooms and more customer parking which was behind the reason for the amalgamation, said Shuswap market president Sharon Bailey.

“We’ve been looking for a new venues for four years,” she said.

The three-day market is something neither market has experienced before.

“It’s a whole new crowd to what Tuesday and Friday is, so I thought ‘wow this is fantastic,'” said Bailey.

The Canadian Tire area can hold around 100 venders.

“Combining we’re hoping for around 70,” she said.

The three-day spring market will start on the last Friday in April.

 

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