Farmers’ markets have become the summer heart of many small communities, providing a bounty of locally grown food from organic farms and small market gardeners. With a growing demand for locally sourced products of all kinds, cottage industries are flourishing encouraging people who “grow it, make it, bake it” to showcase their skills and talents alongside like-minded farmers’ market enthusiasts in a vibrant hub of activity every week. The Sooke Country Market allows consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce and this community-run market gives customers a unique opportunity to meet and get to know the people who grow and make their food.
“2015 is shaping up to be a fantastic market season with a great selection of vendors confirmed and numerous community groups and musicians slated to be involved,” said Teresa Willman, Sooke Country Market’s manager. This year, come experience an enlivened Saturday market experience with music, demonstrations and local non-profit awareness opportunities. New vendors, musicians and non-profits are welcome and encouraged. Check the website for more details and watch for their new website to launch in the coming weeks.
Over the years the market has become a regular meeting place for friends to chat about the weeks’ events, debate local issues and purchase healthy local food and gifts for friends and family. There’s no better way to strengthen your local community than to shop and eat locally! Make sure to mark Saturdays on your calendar and be part of the heart of Sooke this summer.
Sooke Country Market opened on Saturday May 9. The regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at Otter Point Road across from Eustace Road. It continues every Saturday through October 31. For more information: