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Could give two hoots about where they go. (mostly)
Just as long as they are gone from their present location.

I have to plan into my week as is, to avoid that whole corridor of the present
location on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Too many hazards of crappy drivers doing erratic moves, coupled with
people too lazy to walk to either crosswalk light, walking through traffic
mid block.

Good riddance to an accident just waiting to happen. too many stupids!
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dirtybiker wrote: Sep 10th, 2023, 8:32 am Could give two hoots about where they go. (mostly)
Just as long as they are gone from their present location.

I have to plan into my week as is, to avoid that whole corridor of the present
location on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Too many hazards of crappy drivers doing erratic moves, coupled with
people too lazy to walk to either crosswalk light, walking through traffic
mid block.

Good riddance to an accident just waiting to happen. too many stupids!
It would just be your luck if people bypass pedestrian overpass and try to walk across Harvey from Rec Ctr. :130:
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i hope the new location works well for them . i stopped going to the farmers market years ago. i am not looking for 17 dollar jars of pickles or 12 dollar bars of soap but many others seem to enjoy it . i wish there were more of an authentic farmers market like in the old days where you could buy fruit and veg for reasonable prices directly from farmers . it seems to have been taken over by trendy small businesses who charge top dollar for niche items . i find the local fruit stands in either east kelowna or summerland/westbank to be more close to what farmers markets were intended to be . that being said the current farmers market is super popular with the city folks and i hope it finds its new home successful .
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voice of reason wrote: Sep 10th, 2023, 10:04 am i hope the new location works well for them . i stopped going to the farmers market years ago. i am not looking for 17 dollar jars of pickles or 12 dollar bars of soap but many others seem to enjoy it . i wish there were more of an authentic farmers market like in the old days where you could buy fruit and veg for reasonable prices directly from farmers . it seems to have been taken over by trendy small businesses who charge top dollar for niche items . i find the local fruit stands in either east kelowna or summerland/westbank to be more close to what farmers markets were intended to be . that being said the current farmers market is super popular with the city folks and i hope it finds its new home successful .
i am with you. my wife and I have not bothered going for years. Nothing there that I want to buy except for horribly overpriced vegetables and fruit.
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Competing with grocery stores tend to difficult when they are able to purchase in bulk.
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GordonH wrote: Sep 10th, 2023, 10:50 am Competing with grocery stores tend to difficult when they are able to purchase in bulk.
How could purchasing in bulk be any cheaper when this is supposed to be direct from the local farmer to the purchaser - how could it not get any cheaper than that? Problem is - it isn't.
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moarcowbell wrote: Sep 10th, 2023, 10:57 am
GordonH wrote: Sep 10th, 2023, 10:50 am Competing with grocery stores tend to difficult when they are able to purchase in bulk.
How could purchasing in bulk be any cheaper when this is supposed to be direct from the local farmer to the purchaser - how could it not get any cheaper than that? Problem is - it isn't.
When farmers are getting pennies to the pound and then you go to the farmers market and it is more expensive than the store for some reason I just quit going.
But obviously there are people who still go there every week
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GordonH wrote: Sep 6th, 2023, 6:45 am
Kelowna_Born wrote: Sep 6th, 2023, 12:07 am https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/4 ... ket#445136

Previously a massive parking lot, to the Tree Of Hope Plaza.

Below is a pic of an average business day in the Landmark Area. You want customers on Wednesday to park and walk from where?
They probably want customers to park in Parkinson and use pedestrian overpass.
the way they build things in this town ,i could see that overpass collaspe,
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butcher99 wrote: Sep 10th, 2023, 11:32 am
moarcowbell wrote: Sep 10th, 2023, 10:57 am

How could purchasing in bulk be any cheaper when this is supposed to be direct from the local farmer to the purchaser - how could it not get any cheaper than that? Problem is - it isn't.
When farmers are getting pennies to the pound and then you go to the farmers market and it is more expensive than the store for some reason I just quit going.
But obviously there are people who still go there every week
Little off topic rant.
This is main reason our family got the hell out of farming, the total cost compared to revenue just wasn't worth it. The majority of dairy farms are corporate, family dairy is dead. The few still (very few) around just don't realize they are dead.

Added: we could make more money selling our milk as Pet food per/litre, then what creamery was ever going to pay us. Of course the constant hassle from the inspectors would have been to much of pain in the :cuss: then it's worth.
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Hope there is a follow up next season. I’d never try to find parking on a Wednesday and forget busy Saturdays but really curious if it works out the way they hope.
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Fancy wrote: Sep 10th, 2023, 1:59 pm Hope there is a follow up next season. I’d never try to find parking on a Wednesday and forget busy Saturdays but really curious if it works out the way they hope.
Well, as discussed. No parking. I don't see how they can shut down Dickson ave twice a week as we could not even get traffic calmimg as it is a main thoroughfare. The space where they want to put the vendors is
30X125 (pretty close) plus it has three large spaces taken up by umbrellas. There is room for maybe a half dozen other vendors outside the area.
So maybe 30 vendors if they all squeeze in side by side and no vendor trucks at all.
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I can’t see how it will work out. I know how busy the parking lot is down there.
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Whomever came up with this idea is definitely not a chess player.
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voice of reason wrote: Sep 10th, 2023, 10:04 am i hope the new location works well for them . i stopped going to the farmers market years ago. i am not looking for 17 dollar jars of pickles or 12 dollar bars of soap but many others seem to enjoy it . i wish there were more of an authentic farmers market like in the old days where you could buy fruit and veg for reasonable prices directly from farmers . it seems to have been taken over by trendy small businesses who charge top dollar for niche items . i find the local fruit stands in either east kelowna or summerland/westbank to be more close to what farmers markets were intended to be . that being said the current farmers market is super popular with the city folks and i hope it finds its new home successful .
I don't think it "is super popular with the city folks". It's popular with soccer moms and other manicured lawn owners, who hit it early to get "nutritious" snacks for their kids prior to dropping them off to planned Saturday activities. I guess if they are going to be parked at a rec centre anyway, then it's completely sensible to relocate across from one.

Looking at the list of vendors, the majority are "Crafters". Most vendors who sell anything to do with food are food trucks, snacks, or beverage stalls (e.g. baking, chocolates, coffee, fries, popcorn, preserves, smoothies, soup, tea), and the best vendors of those have gone on to set up permanent store fronts such as Chopped Leaf (a long time ago), Okanagan Street Food, Okanagan Pasta, Motherlove Kombucha, and City Eats.
https://www.kelownafarmersandcraftersma ... m/vendors/

The Urbanites can find better places to buy stuff, including soap, without the need to wait around for a week and if they are going to drive will leave the city to go to said fruit stands where you can also get quality eggs for cheaper than the grocery stores. I get my coffee from Cherry Hill's shop, and if I want to get expensive cheese, I'll go to Perseval & Young, not Triple Island at the Farmers' Artists Market.
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I was at Sun Peaks Farmer's Market yesterday. One Head of garlic - $3.00! Farmer's Markets ain't what they used to be!

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