New, second Revelstoke farmers’ market close to securing location

While a location for Revelstoke's new market hasn't been determined, committee members are holding a naming contest in hopes of creating a sense of community inclusion. They're hoping the first market of the season will take place on May 13.

The Revelstoke Farm & Craft Market. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Members of the newly formed Revelstoke Market Advisory Committee are seeking the public’s input on choosing a name for the community market.

Jenna Fraser, Local Food Initiative Coordinator, said the goal is for the market to be inclusive to the community.

“We’re looking for name suggestions. We’d love our community to be part of that choice,” she said. “We want it to be really inclusive.”

The drive to create a new market arose after longtime vegetable vendor Wild Flight Farm was denied a spot at the market this season, which sparked a protest and call for a new market. Learn more in our story archives about the market here.

While a location for a new market in Revelstoke has still not been determined the committee is hoping the first market will take place on May 13.

The committee is operated under the umbrella of the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative and includes representatives from the LFI, vendors, community, and business sectors. The committee is chaired by Food Security Coordinator Melissa Hemphill.

Fraser said several locations are being considered for the market but was unwilling to share any further details.

“We’re currently going through the city for approvals,” she said. While the LFI representative wasn’t willing to discuss possible locations, others involved in the ongoing search have told the Mountaineer that Mackenzie Avenue between First Street and Second Street is a front-runner, and that other locations are also being considered.

A statement on the LFI website notes that until permit applications are approved the committee is unable to say where or when the market will take place.

“The policies that the committee develop will determine the rules for the market. The community’s input will be incorporated as much as possible in all of the committee’s decisions,” the LFI website states.

In the mean time the committee is hoping the public will take part in the naming contest. Entries can be dropped off at the Health and Wellness Fair being held at Revelstoke Secondary School on May 3.

For background on the new market please click here to read previous stories published in the Mountaineer.