The Hudson’s Hope Farmer’s Market celebrates 20 years today at Beattie Park from 3 to 8 p.m. A bouncy castle, face painting, live music, raffle prizes, and much more will available for the public as part of a customer appreciation day.
“We’ve had anywhere from 10 to 15 vendors at any given time, it’s been a really good turnout for our small town,” said market manager Caitlin Vince, adding that they continue to see returning customers, local support, and visitors from around the Peace.
More adult themed attractions include a beer garden, courtesy of Mighty Peace Brewing. Vince says the idea to include a beer garden was sparked off after attending their grand opening.
“In BC, it’s legal now for microbreweries to sell at farmer’s markets. We wanted to make it more of a special event,” Vince said, noting the district has amended their bylaws to allow for liquor in Beattie Park, while local RCMP will be on-site to make sure it remains family friendly.
Live music is also planned says Vince, with more than just the volunteer buskers, who’ve been rocking their tunes all season. Folks can expect a mix of country, blues, and rock.
“We’re going to have a pretty good lineup of people from Fort St. John. It’ll be really fun — something we don’t do very often here in Hudson’s Hope is live music,” Vince said.
The market has been a staple of the community since 1998, when local beekeeper Guy Armitage began selling his honey out of a pickup truck at the Hudson’s Hope hockey arena. Armitage was soon joined by Nettie and Jack Florient, selling their home-grown vegetables.