Farmers' Markets

Supporting Local: How Kelowna's Farmers' Markets Boost the Community

Fresh produce for sale at the Summerland
Kari Medig

Kelowna's farmers' markets are hubs of community spirit and local pride. These markets, with local produce, artisan crafts, and community aspirations, intertwine to create a showcase of local empowerment and sustainable living.

Kelowna's Farmers' Markets: An Overview

Kelowna is a city where the bounty of the land is celebrated with fervour. The Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, a cornerstone of this celebration, has been thriving since 1995. It's an example of local craftsmanship and agriculture, housing over 165 vendors. The Downtown Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market brings vibrancy into the urban part of the city, offering a delightful blend of rural charm and urban convenience. Similarly, the East Kelowna’s Market and Westbank Farmers Market add their unique flavours to this local mosaic, each contributing to a rich community with their array of products and friendly atmosphere.

Economic Impact

The economic contribution of these markets is significant. They not only provide a platform for local farmers and artisans to showcase and sell their products but also create substantial employment opportunities within the community. The direct sale of local products fosters a robust economic chain, benefiting both producers and consumers. Moreover, businesses that have germinated from these markets to a beloved community shop underscores the economic ripple effect these markets can generate.

Community Engagement and Education

Kelowna's farmers' markets are also centres of learning and community bonding. Vendors at these markets often engage in conversations with customers about their farming practices, food nutrition, and preparation techniques. This educative aspect of the markets fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of food sources among consumers, thereby promoting informed food choices and healthier lifestyles.

Supporting Local Entrepreneurs

For aspiring entrepreneurs, Kelowna’s farmers' markets are fertile grounds for growth and innovation. They offer a low-barrier entry point for new businesses, allowing entrepreneurs to test the market, refine their products, and build a customer base.

Environmental Sustainability

These markets also champion environmental sustainability. Many of the farmers and artisans adhere to practices consistent with organic standards, reflecting a collective commitment to sustainable and responsible farming. This approach not only ensures the health and safety of the produce but also contributes to the larger goal of environmental preservation.

Health and Nutrition

Accessibility to fresh, nutritious food is another hallmark of Kelowna’s farmers' markets. Studies have shown that prices for both conventional and organic produce at farmers' markets are often lower than those at supermarkets, making healthy food choices more accessible to a broader segment of the community.


Kelowna's farmers' markets are community centres that foster economic growth, support local entrepreneurship, promote health and education, and champion environmental sustainability. They embody the spirit of Kelowna - a community deeply connected to its land, its produce, and its people.