A pet portrait by Susan Percival

Country market offers prize draws

Sooke Country Market has new approach for customers

  • May. 23, 2012 6:00 a.m.

The Sooke Country Market. which takes places on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the junction of Otter Point and Eustace Roads, is offering a monthly draw to our customers this year. Each month we will feature a different vendor’s product.

To enter, ask for an entry form when you come down to market and make a purchase. Limit one entry per market day.

We had a late start for this month’s draw, so entry will extend to June 9 for May’s draw.

Susan Percival is a self-taught artist who started out painting portraits of her human family members. She soon ran out of new subjects until a friend asked if she would consider painting a portrait of their dogs. After that first portrait Susan was hooked.

Having always been an “animal person” she was excited that she had found a way to be creative, meet great new people with their pets, and provide everlasting mementos for people who love their furry friends.

Susan lives and works in Sooke and is available to meet folks and their pets at their home or another favourite place. The photo shoot usually lasts an hour and produces a CD of around 100 images.

This month’s Sooke Country Market draw is for the photo shoot portion of her services. You will receive a CD of all the photos for your unlimited use. (calendars, T-shirts, mugs and tote bags have been made by previous customers). If you choose to have a painting made from one of the images, a $50 discount on the cost of a painted portrait would apply.

Susan can be reached at susanpercival@shaw.ca or www.petportraitsbysusan.com

Good luck with this month’s draw!

We hope to see folks at market this weekend.  There are a lot of greens at the farmers’ stands right now and the vegetables of late spring are starting to trickle in. Watch for edible pod peas in the next couple of weeks!

There are lots of plant starts available at market for your garden.

Now is the time to start direct seeding and planting out the heat crops:  beans and corn can be direct seeded now, and you should be transplanting your winter and summer squash out, too.

This is also a good time to start more salad greens so you have a good supply through the heat of summer.

Marika Nagasaka

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