'The West Kootenay EcoSociety operates the Downtown Nelson Local Market as a project to promote local food security

'The West Kootenay EcoSociety operates the Downtown Nelson Local Market as a project to promote local food security

Downtown Nelson Local Market begins June 10

The market will run each Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through to Sept. 23.

The West Kootenay EcoSociety will open the Downtown Nelson Local Market on Wednesday, June 10 in the 400 block of Baker St. for its sixth year.

The market will run each Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through to Sept. 23, offering an amazing mix of local produce, plants, prepared foods, body care, and hand-made arts and crafts.

Customers can rest assured they are supporting the local economy due to the fact that 80 per cent of each vendor’s wares must be grown or made locally to be sold at this market.

EcoSociety markets and events director Jesse Woodward will work with vendors, business owners, and city agencies to ensure the market’s success.

“As I go into my fourth year in this position I am thrilled with the response from vendors, the city, and businesses along Baker Street,” he said. “The Downtown Local Market is completely sold out again this year which is a good sign of the health and vitality of this market. Customers will really appreciate the quality and diversity of the offerings at the market, especially in combination with Baker Street’s amazing retail selection.”

The Downtown Local Market now has 12 alternating vendor stalls. By having two vendors share one spot in a one week on/one week off schedule, the market will be able to offer even more vendor selection and variety.

Like in 2014, the market has remained generally organized into product sections that should make it easier for customers to navigate and find what they need.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables from the region will complement local eggs and honey.  Crafts will include hand-made hats, pottery and glass work, locally-made clothing and jewelry, and an array of body and home care products. There is, of course, a great selection of ready-to-eat foods to choose from including fresh crepes, soft yogurts, bake goods, pad thai and much more.

The West Kootenay EcoSociety operates the Downtown Nelson Local Market as a project to promote local food security, relocalization of our economy and to create a meeting place for arts, culture and community networking.

The EcoSociety also runs the Saturday Cottonwood Community Market at Cottonwood Falls Park which runs until Oct. 31, and MarketFest, the monthly Friday night street festivals that take place this year on June 26, July 24 and Aug. 21.

West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit organization located in Nelson. Through education, outreach, community building, research, and advocacy, EcoSociety protects the natural environment while building a just and sustainable post-carbon world. For more information go to ecosociety.ca.