About the Market
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 April until October. Traditionally the society also hosts four indoor Winter Markets and we have been fortunate this past year to have secured a large space in Cherry Lane Mall for December 2022. Our Board of Directors will also be considering four indoor dates at Cherry Lane Mall for March 2023.
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 60 casual vendors. All PFM vendors make, bake or grow their own products.
The PFM society is governed by a board of seven volunteer directors. The market employs one part-time manager, Linda Van Alphen and a seasonal assistant manager. The PFM is grateful for the support of the City of Penticton, and is pleased to collaborate with the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets 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 food systems.