The Quesnel "Old Time" Farmers' Market began in 1988 with a handful of vendors and a warm reception from local shoppers. "Harvest" was established in 1989 as the organizing body for the market and became a non-profit society in 1994. Now, Harvest is directed by a dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to supporting and promoting local agriculture.
The first site of the market was a grass-covered, treed area that was soon to become the current Seniors' Center. The Market then moved to a dusty, gravelled parking lot off of McLean St., and then to the Legion Parking lot. It was in 1999 that the Market relocated to its present site, the grassy area adjacent to the Helen Dixon School, under the management of School District #28. For their continued help and support of our market, we owe a great debt of gratitude. Our loyal following of shoppers continued to grow steadily over the years, as did the number and variety of vendors.
Today, the Quesnel Farmers' Market hosts an average of about 25 vendors each week, with some late spring markets peaking at 35 vendors. The producer/baking/craft mix varies, but generally includes a minimum of 51% of vendors that are primary or value added food producers with the balance being local crafts. It is generally agreed that several hundred customers visit each Saturday by mid-summer. The market operates outdoors from early May until early October; mid-week markets occur occasionally during the peak of the season. Three pre-Christmas indoor markets are also held and are well attended at the Quesnel Recreation Center.
2017-2018 Board of directors
Paul Zeegers; president
Wylie Bystedt: vice president
Maggie Dumais; secretary
Faye Dredge; treasurer
Market Manager; Paul Dumais 250-747-8543