The Penticton Farmers’ Market is run by a non-profit society. Its mandate is to provide an opportunity for local agricultural producers and craftspeople to sell their products directly to the public.
From its humble beginnings in Gyro Park in 1991, the PFM has grown into one of the most vibrant and successful “farm to city” food micro-systems in BC.
Today, the PFM is held every Saturday in the 100 block of Main Street in downtown Penticton from May until October. The society also hosts four indoor Winter Markets at the Shatford Centre for the Performing Arts during November and December.
The PFM society is made up of approximately 45-50 annual members consisting of local farmers, crafters, bakers and prepared food vendors. There is also a pool of approximately 30 casual vendors. All PFM vendors make, bake or grow their own products.
The PFM society is governed by a board of nine volunteer directors. The market employs one part-time manager (Katherine Harris) and one part-time assistant manager (Carla Hick), and retains one volunteer (Lynne Jones) for help on Saturdays. The PFM is grateful for the support of the City of Penticton, and is pleased to collaborate with the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, the Downtown Penticton Association and Travel Penticton.
The PFM is proud to be part of a growing movement in this province and around the world that works to protect and enhance local, small-scale organic food systems.