Cottonwood Market opens for season May 16
One more week and it’s Cottonwood Market Time!
The official opening of the 2015 Cottonwood Community Market goes (Saturday) May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cottonwood Falls Park in Nelson.
Live music starts at 10 a.m. with Sahara Jane and then at 12:30 p.m. local Rob Funk takes the stage.
“As our climate and our global trading system become more uncertain, a strong local manufacturing and agriculture network is essential for sustaining our long-term regional service and food needs,” said Jesse Woodward, Markets Director at the West Kootenay EcoSociety.
“Local farmers markets like Cottonwood Community Market create more stable and secure local livelihoods as well as access to unique local products and foodstuffs, so we’re excited to see lots of folks in 2015 taking advantage of what Cottonwood Market has to offer.”
Woodward is going into his fourth year in a row managing the Nelson outdoor markets which also include the Wednesday Downtown Local Market and the three summer MarketFest street party events.
Market-goers will find everything from bedding plants to locally grown produce, delicious ready to eat foods, organic meat and eggs, handmade artisan gifts, and locally made body care products.
The wonderful mix of drop-in vendors and full-season vendors make for an exciting shopping experience that is always a different from week to week.
For the 2015 season, West Kootenay EcoSociety continues to maintain and clean up the Cottonwood Market site and is reaching out to new customers and vendors to come on down and experience the wonderful Nelson tradition that is this market.
The City of Nelson is also continuing in its efforts to make Cottonwood Falls Park more inviting to all by cleaning and clearing up the park space so there is more sun and open grass to enjoy.
The West Kootenay EcoSociety encourages customers to leave their cars at home and walk or bike to the market.
Those who must drive can find early-bird parking next to the market site, but by mid-day it is advised to park at the foot of Baker Street and walk the 2 blocks to the market.
There is also spill over parking at the Rod and Gun Club parking area.
The Cottonwood Community Market runs Saturdays from May 16 through to October 31.