For the first time, the West Kootenay EcoSociety is putting on a series of Winter Markets in Nelson. These markets will take place on Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 19 and April 16 at Hart Hall (501 Carbonate St.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All the products that will be on offer are handmade locally so you know you are supporting the local economy when you shop at these markets
EcoSociety markets and events director Jesse Woodward says these markets were developed and initiated because there seemed to be lots of genuine interest from the public and market vendors in these types of off-season events.
“After a vendor survey indicated a high interest in winter markets as well as the EcoSociety’s markets committee advocating for the same idea I decided to move forward with this concept,” Woodward said. “There is a growing appetite in the general public for supporting the local economy and locally made goods and these markets are assisting in that movement.” Knowing you are supporting your friends and neighbours really makes the whole shopping experience a delightful activity.
Customers will recognize many vendors from the Downtown, Cottonwood and MarketFest events also run by the EcoSociety. Like the summer markets there will be a wide variety of items for sale including body care products, baked goods, art, amazing pottery and much more.
The Winter Markets will also feature a number of local farmers who will have winter produce, locally raised meats and farm fresh eggs for sale.
“These winter markets will give customers a little taste of the summer market season that kicks off on May 14 when the Cottonwood Community Market starts up once again,” Woodward says. A $2 donation is being requested at the door to help the EcoSociety cover the costs of these indoor markets.
If you are looking for something locally-made, distinctive and unique for yourself or the special people in your life don’t miss out on being a part of the EcoSociety Winter Markets. Bring your family and friends and come and support your local community of crafters and artisans.