By David F. Rooney
On Saturday morning I took a relatively early (for me) down to the new — and as yet unnamed — market.
It was easy to see that each market
seems different but as many people told me the differences that split them apart will eventually fade away allowing their similarities and strengths to blend back together. “Amen,” I thought.
Here, starting at the new market and followed by the old one are the people and scenes that I saw; I hope they’ll draw you downtown to enjoy
both markets: Scenes from the new market The new market opened on Saturday right next to the old market. This image, taken at Mackenzie Avenue and Second Street, shows the length of the new market with the old market in the distance at Grizzly Plaza. Please click on this image to see a larger version. David F. Rooney photo Here’s Wild Flight Farm’s stall and take a look at the lineup that is starting to form. That line got much, much longer with about 30 minutes of the time I took this photo t about 9:30 am. Please click on this image to see a larger version. David F. Rooney photo Social Development Coordinator Jill Zacharias (left) and Stacie Byrne, of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Local Action Team, pose doing ‘the Vanna thng’ as they talked to me about the CYMHSU’s mandate. David F. Rooney photo Please click here to view a poster from the CYMHSU. Craig Dennis Hoisington of Hoisington Organic Farm tempts Meghan MacIsaac and her daughter with some of the products from his farm near Enderby. David F. Rooney photo Children’s author Mieke Blommestein (right) gets an affectionate hug from her friend Jane MacDonald at the market. David F. Rooney photo Need soap? See Ellen Tremblay. She has a fine and fragrant selection of soaps other body-care products. David F. Rooney photo Jeweller Kat Cadogan (left) talks about the elegant silver products she crafts here in Revelstoke. David F. Rooney photo Corin Flood shows off one of the finely made platters and bowls he crafts in his spare time. David F. Rooney photo Chick Sharpe talks about his latest book — No. 4 in the My Twelve Brothers and Me series — with a potential customer. David F. Rooney photo Here’s something different at the market: Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery products lovingly made by Josh McLafferty (right) and his wife Jen (not present). The local distillery is already making a name for itself. It won the People’s Choice Award Winning Spirit at the East Kootenay Distillery Festival. David F. Rooney photo Carol Silano takes notes as she talks with a potential customer at the stall for her business, Karol’s Korner. David F. Rooney photo Ceramist Jacquie Palmer (left) talks with a couple of customers. Jacquie is a talented and very productive artist who has chosen to live in Revelstoke. David F. Rooney photo Jacquie makes a play for the slice of cake Melissa Hemphill was offering me on Saturday morning. Although I missed seeing the chocolate cake when it whole and entire, it was certainly very delicious! David F. Rooney photo Terra Park (left) laughs with a customer at her Terra Firma Farms stall at the market. David F. Rooney photo Chrissie and Gary Sulz make a few final picks before heading over to Terra to pay for their purchases. David F. Rooney photo Meanwhile, just around the corner, Jolene Sulz (center) of Thimbleberry Farm is back with her wonderful-smelling array of braked products. David F. Rooney photo Gaye Witowski beams a lovely smile at Gaye’s Hobbies. David F. Rooney photo A customer (left) tells Stoke Roasted’s Mark Hartley how happy she is with the products of his coffee roasterie in the Big Eddy. David F. Rooney photo Kurt Sauter slices some of his award-winning sausage made using only premium cuts of free range, antibiotic and hormone free pork. Kurt’s Sausage was a long-time vendor at the Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market until 2014 when he was invited to begin selling his sausages at Demille’s in Salmon Arm. As soon as he did that he was turfed from the Revelstoke market, a move that widely condemned locally. The creation of the new market has given Kurt an opportunity to re-establish himself in Revelstoke. David F. Rooney photo Nancy Geismar is one of the top ceramists in Revelstoke and a popular Satuday market vendor. David F. Rooney photo This young vendor was so deep in conversation with this young man that didn’t dare interrupt them. She did have some nice wares, though. David F. Rooney photo Painters Cherie Vanoverbeke (left) and Estee Sylvester are proprietors of The Blue Chanterelle offering their popular images to the passing crowds. David F. Rooney Jacquie Sharpe has some amazing knitted slippers for sale at her stall, called Jac. David F. Rooney photo These leading ladies of the Local Food Initiative look pretty self-satisfied, as well they should after successfully organizing and launching this new market. It still needs a catchy new name, but they’re working on it. David F. Rooney photo Glen Cherlet takes in the market crowd as he demonstrates the knives his wife, Nicole, has on sale at Big Mountain Kitchen & Bath. David F. Rooney photo Scenes from the old market After taking photos at the new market, I decided to amble across First Street to Grizzly Plaza and see who’s at the old market. David F. Rooney photo City employee Tina Miertsch (right) explains Revelstoke’s water conservation measures to a passerby. David F. Rooney photo Mayfair Farm is back with their spring offerings of flowers and shrubs. In a couple of weeks they’ll likely begin bringing out their tomato plants and other live vegetable plants you can take home and cultivate. David F. Rooney photo Need a garden critter for your garden? This stall has some interesting ones. I especially like these two motorcycles constructed of various odds and ends. David F. Rooney photo Kelly Roberts (center) chats with passers-by at her delicious Kelly’s Baked in BC stall. David F. Rooney photo Retired ceramist Inge Anghorn now weaves all kinds of things. Check out her offerings at next Saturday’s market. David F. Rooney photo Ah! Nothing says ‘Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market’ to me quite like the savoury and mouth-watering scent emanating from Pam’s Curries. Her samosa combo is modestly prices but tastes like a million bucks! David F. Rooney photo Tony Kemitzis packages some of the mouth-watering asparagus from his Sandy Acres Berry Farm at Salmon Arm. Tony Kemitzis Although the new market is rejected offspring of the old Revelstoke Farm & Crft Market, I agree with those people who predict they’ll eventually reunite. David F. Rooney