Connecting local farmers, artisans, and producers within 150 km of Nelson to local residents, our Nelson farmers’ markets are building greater food resiliency in the West Kootenays while lowering carbon pollution from food transportation and boosting the local economy.

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Our Farmers’ Markets

EcoSociety runs two weekly local farmers markets in Nelson, BC.

Cottonwood Farmers Market which runs every Saturday from 9:30am to 3pm at Cottonwood Falls Park from May 16 to October 10, 2020 and the Downtown Farmers’ Market which runs every Wednesday from 9:30am to 3pm on Baker & Hall Street from June 10 to September 23, 2020.

Our busty farmers’ market community is a great place for farmers from the Slocan Valley, Creston, Robson, and everywhere in-between to connect with consumers and sell their products.

EcoSociety also runs special market events including: GardenFest on May 9, MarketFest Night Market on Friday July 17 and August 21, and the Winter Craft Fair on Saturday, December 12.

EcoSociety’s markets generate an estimated $950,000 to vendors and the local economy from sales at the market and spin offs it creates. By providing pedestrian friendly zones with easy access via public transportation, the markets create an atmosphere that is distinctively Nelson while drawing locals and tourists alike into the downtown core.

All weekly markets are registered with the BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program, which distributes coupons to low-income families and seniors. The coupons may be used to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, eggs, nuts and herbs at participating BC farmers’ markets. By enabling low-income citizens to purchase fresh food directly from the farmers, the coupon program increases access to healthy food while supporting local producers – double win! EcoSociety is proud to play an integral part in administering the Nutrition Coupon Program in Nelson.

Vendor Information

The West Kootenay EcoSociety is proud to offer many distinct vending opportunities for local farmers, food makers, crafts people and entrepreneurs:

GardenFest kicks off our market season and takes place the Saturday before Mother’s Day every year on 600 block of Baker Street & 500 block of Hall Street in downtown Nelson. The 2020 Nelson Garden Fest event happens on May 9. This market is for garden items and garden related items only.

Cottonwood Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday at Cottonwood Falls Park in Nelson from mid-May through to the mid-October (a total of 22 market days). Fresh farm products, ready to eat foods, hand made crafts, services, and more are welcome at this market. The 2020 Cottonwood Farmers’ Market runs from May 16 to October 10.

Downtown Farmers’ Market runs every Wednesday from mid-June to the end of September on 600 Baker Street & 500 Hall St. (a total of 16 market days). You will find farm fresh produce, hand made crafts, ready to eat foods and much more at this market. The 2020 Downtown Farmers’ Market season runs from June 10th to September 23.

MarketFest takes place on Friday nights at the end of July and August on the 200 and 300 blocks of Baker Street in downtown Nelson. Baker Street is transformed into a lively night market featuring 100 vendors, live music, dance performances, kids entertainment and more. The 2020 MarketFest events will take place on July 17 and August 21.

Winter Craft Fair takes place in early December every year at the Central School Gym in Nelson. All vendor products are hand-crafted and locally made. The 2020 Winter Craft Fair will take place on Dec. 12 from 10am to 4pm.

We are looking forward to another exciting season at the markets!

 

If you are interested in being a vendor at any of the EcoSociety markets please review and agree to the policies defined in our 2019 Vendor Handbook Guidelines 

Non-compliant vendors may be asked to leave.

2020 Nelson GardenFest

Vendors from the 2019 GardenFest will be contacted first and invited to return for the 2020 GardenFest. They have until March 31 to pay for their vendor spot. After this date all spots that are still open will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have any further questions about this event please email the Markets Coordinator Craig Mullin at markets@ecosociety.ca or phone 250-354-1909 ext. 201.

2020 Cottonwood Farmers’ Market

In order to preserve a year-to-year continuity at the Cottonwood Farmers’ Market, the 2019 season vendors will be contacted by the Markets Coordinator and will have until March 31 to rebook for their 2020 season vendor spots.  If you would like to be considered for any Cottonwood Farmers’ Market season vendor spots that become available please forward your contact information and a description of your product/service to markets@ecosociety.ca

If you want to be a Drop-in-Vendor at Cottonwood Market please read the following:

  • Arrive ready to vend on any Saturday between May 16 – October 10 at 7:45 am at Cottonwood Market at Cottonwood Falls park in Nelson
  • All vendors must bring there own 10 x 10 canopy tent to the Cottonwood Market
  • Also bring your on table and chairs
  • Wait in the middle of the market area for the Markets Coordinator to arrive at 8:00.
  • Sign your name on the drop in sign up sheet
  • The Markets Coordinator will place drop-in vendors, using the sign up sheet, on a first-come, first-served basis in their booth. Farmers are always placed first.
  • Many vendor spots are sold to season vendors, so do not begin to set up or vend with out talking first to the Markets Coordinator
  • Drop-in vendors may pay by cash or cheque on the day they are vending by noon, directly to the Markets Coordinator or other person appointed by the Markets Coordinator.

2020 Downtown Farmers’ Market

There is high demand for the limited spaces at the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Our guidelines give preference to produce vendors and returning vendors and as a result there are limited openings from year to year. If you are interested please email markets@ecosociety.ca to get onto a vendor wait list. At least 80% of each vendor’s merchandise must be locally made by the vendor themselves to be sold at this market. No resellers or imported items are allowed at this market.

 

We offer four vending options for this market:

  1. Full season vendors are expected to participate in every day of the market. Full season vendors typically pre-pay for the entire season, and are usually selected from among our rotating or shared-space vendors.
  2. Shared-space vendors either share a space with another vendor or rotate every other week with another approved vendor. Shared-space situations are arranged by the Markets Coordinator.
  3. Rotating Vendors are provided a number of dates during the market season when they are scheduled to vend. Rotating vendors are chosen from our drop-in vendor list, and provide diversity and variety in the marketplace.
  4. Drop-in vendors are vendors who may be called upon at any time to fill a vacancy at the market. The Market Director will contact drop-in vendors to fill vacancies based on market experience, product type, and availability. There are about 4 small day-of drop-in spots that vendors with small (3 x 3) tables can fit into. These spaces are half-price the normal day vending rate.
  5. Late-season produce vendors come to the market for a number of market days at the end of the season when the farm harvest is coming in.

To add your name to our vendor wait list for this market please email markets@ecosociety.ca. Please be aware that your performance (quality of product, timeliness, professionalism) as a drop-in or rotating vendor is critical to your chances to be selected as a full-season or shared space vendor.

2020 MarketFest Events

MarketFest offers 100 booth spaces per MarketFest event (there are two events in total – July 17 and August 21). You may reserve more than one space at each of these events.

Vendors who participated in the 2019 MarketFest events will be sent the registration form in early march and have until March 31 to pay and to reserve a booth.

New vendors are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis after March 31. Your space will be reserved once you return the completed the 2020 MarketFest Vendor Registration form and payment.

If you want to be put on a Vendor Wait List please email markets@ecosociety.ca  with your request and please specify what you would like to vend. 

MarketFest does sell out, so do not delay in returning your registration and payment if you want to be in this market.

There will be no refunds for cancellations.

Vendor Fees

All vendor fees include GST.

GardenFest

10 x 10 vendor spaces are $62. Vendor application forms will be sent out in Mid March 2020.

Cottonwood Farmers’ Market 

Vendor drop-in fees are $30 a day for a 10 x 10 tent space. There is a $15 fee for a small table/blanket space. All vendors must bring their own 10 x 10 canopy tent to the Cottonwood Market. There are some 3 x 8 tables available for vendor use but bringing your own 10 x 10 tent, tables, chairs, etc. gives you more vending options at the market.

Season vendor fees:

(There are a total of 22 markets dates in 2020)

Vendor Type   If paid before March 31 If paid after March 31 
10 x 10
tent space
   $ 475$ 575

Downtown Farmers’ Market

Vendor Drop-in  fees are $32 per day for non-food vendors and $40 per day for ready to eat food vendors. All vendor spots are 10 x 10 in size.

There are a total of 16 market days in 2020.

Vendor TypeIf paid before March 31If paid after March 31
10 x 10 tent
non-food
$475$525
10 x 10 tent
ready to eat food
$520$605

Market Fest:

There will be no refunds for cancellations.

Vendor fees:

  • 10 x 10 non-food tent space – $68 per night per booth
  • 10 x 10 ready to eat food vendor’s tent space – $79 per night per booth
  • Trailer and/or truck rigs – $95 per night per 10 x 10 booth space

Winter Craft Fair:

vendor fees are $60 for a 4 x 7 vendor space.

Thank you for your interest in becoming an EcoSociety market vendor! We appreciate all that you do!

Any further questions call Craig Mullin: EcoSociety Markets & Events Director, at 250-354-1909 or email markets@ecosociety.ca

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