The earliest event of the market year is Seedy Saturday (Tribute to Seeds in Covid years).
The first Seedy Saturday in Kamloops was held in 2009 by the Friends of the New Victory Gardens to promote seed saving and growing food. A few years later it became an event jointly hosted by Friends of NVG and the Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners in an effort to improve the local supply of seeds via a seed sanctuary. It was organized by them for a few more years before it was passed on to Daniela Basile of SSOL Gardens. Daniela approached the Kamloops Farmers’ Market about hosting it as a special event in the early spring, and it has been a jointly held event since then. In 2022 Daniela is handing over the organization to the Farmers’ Market staff so she can enjoy a well earned retirement.
The Seedy Saturday event brings together interested gardeners and local BC seed growers, community groups like The Kamloops Food Policy Council, FarmFolk CityFolk, Seeds of Diversity, local suppliers of gardening supplies, including Jora Composters and Purity Feed, along with many regular market vendors including farmers, bakers and other food makers from our region.
Since 2021 it has been held as a special Indoor Winter Market in March at the Purity Feed Greenhouse (471 Okanagan Way, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc).
The date for 2022 Seedy Saturday / Tribute to Seeds is Saturday March 12th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.
New for 2022 is the first annual Pollinator Festival, to be held from Saturday May 14th to the 21st. This event is a community festival inviting participation from the general public, businesses, and non-profit communities.
Pollinators are very important to farmers, gardeners, and ecosystems, therefore their well-being is important to us as well. Most people think of honey bees when pollinators are mentioned, but they also include native bees like bumble bees, mason bees, and more, as well as butterflies, moths, flies, wasps, beetles, birds, and bats (although not in Canada).
The Kamloops Farmers’ Market along with our festival partners like the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association will be sharing facts about pollinators, tips on planting for them, offering kid’s activities, information on building mason bee boxes, book readings, and more.
May 14th Activities at the Kamloops Farmers’ Market:
Two children's crafts
handle and examine samples of actual native bees
information & display on how to make a good mason bee nesting box & caring for them
information on creating habitat for pollinators & beneficial insects
and book readings by local author / illustrator Elaine Sedgman:
A Bee Named BOB (Approx. 10 AM)
Andrena a Mining Bee (Approx. 11 AM)
Midweek Activities at the Market and around town:
May 18th - Butler Urban Farm at Market
Throughout the week:
May 21st Activities at the Kamloops Farmers' Market:
Chat with local honey beekeepers from the Kamloops Beekeepers Club
View honey bees in a working hive
Explore nature in art with the Kamloops Arts Council
Chat with members of the Kamloops Naturalist Club about native plants and pollinators
Talk to Liliana of the BC Community Bat Program about bats, and how they help pollinators
Enjoy street theatre from the Thompson Watershed Coalition and learn about their current campaign
Pollinator stickers for kids
Follow our social media pages for details about the festival for check back to this page for more information.
BeeCityPledge: https://beecitycanada.org/pollinator-pledge/ (individuals can pledge to protect and support pollinators)
An awesome opinion piece by a beekeeper on the importance of native pollinators like bumble bees: https://undark.org/2022/02/03/the-bumblebees-decline-shows-how-we-get-conservation-wrong/
For more information on protecting and supporting pollinators see: https://seeds.ca/pollination/
Ecoregional Planting Guide for the Thompson Okanagan Plateau: https://pollinatorpartnership.ca/assets/generalFiles/Thompson_Okanagan.Plateau.2019.pdf
Information on Bats as Pollinators (note Canada does not have any pollinator bats): https://www.batcon.org/article/the-forgotten-pollinators/
The Tomato Festival started as an event of the TRU Friends of the Garden in 2012 which was held at the Kamloops Farmers’ Market. Eventually the organization of the event was taken up by the market.
Covid has dampened some of the fun of Tomato Festival, but we still encourage Kamloopsians to grow and enjoy locally grown tomatoes whether from your own yard, the farmers’ market, or one of the many local restaurants and cafes which support local in-season agriculture.
We will post more details here and on our social media about what the Tomato Festival looks like this year as we get closer to the event date.
Tomato Festival dates for 2022 are September 10th through 17th.
Street Food Fare
The first Street Food Fare at the Kamloops Farmers’ Market was held in October 2019 as part of our participation in Kamloops’ Culture Days events. Due to Covid it has been on hiatus since then but we hope it will be back soon.