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 and March 2023. Market goers will see us there again in December 2023.
The PFM society is made up of approximately 45-50 annual members consisting of local farmers, bakers, prepared food vendors and crafters. There is also a pool of approximately 60 casual vendors to fill the vendor stalls every Saturday. All PFM vendors make, bake or grow their own products. Please note that we are at capacity for 100 Block Main and Link Rd, so will not be accepting any more application for the 2023 Market season.
The PFM society is governed by a board of nine volunteer directors. The market employs one part-time manager, Linda Van Alphen and a seasonal assistant manager, Philip Solman. The PFM is grateful for the support of the City of Penticton, is pleased to be a long-time member of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, to be a member of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, Travel Penticton and to actively participate in the Farmers’ Markets of BC Nutritional Coupon program every year.
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.