The Clearwater Farmer’s Market recently started the Grower’s Collective and is looking for backyard growers, gardeners and hobby farmers who might want to sell some of their produce at the Grower’s Collective table each weekend, said Yellowhead Community Servies Food Security Program coordinator, Joanna Hurst. Pictured (l-r) Hurst, Keiran Jones, former farmer’s market manager and volunteer, and Kerry Milner Cairns, food program and YCS manager, head to the first Clearwater Farmer’s Market of the year on May 2. Photo submitted

Clearwater Farmer’s Market calls on small-time growers

More produce needed for Grower’s Collective table

The Clearwater Farmer’s Market is putting out a call for local backyard growers, gardeners and hobby farmers to join its new Grower’s Collective.

The collective works by having a table set up at the markets where growers who don’t produce enough product to justify having their own, or those who may not have the time to set up a table each weekend, can sell their stuff at the collective table.

“It’s just a way for us to represent them, get their produce to the market and help support filling the gap where it’s needed,” said Joanna Hurst, coordinator for the Yellowhead Community Service (YCS) Food Security program.

Those interested in selling product at the Growers Collective table can pay a one-time $10 fee or donate the proceeds of their sales to the Food Security Program.

The Food Security Program is an umbrella with several programs that operate underneath it like the Community Kitchen, the Community Garden, the Lending Cupboard, the Farmer’s Market itself, and the Farmer’s Market Coupon Program among others.

The Grower’s Collective also helps support the Coupon Program by supplementing food items the rest of the market vendors may be short on.

“People can use coupons to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy, nuts, and things like that and sometimes our market is lacking in those,” Hurst said.

“We have one main fruit and vegetable vendor and they come from Barriere and they want to retire. So this is a way to get more growers happening, introduce them to the market and then hopefully they’ll get their feet wet, enjoy it and want to do it more and also maybe become a vendor that’ll replace that at some point.”

It’s hoped that some of those who sign up to be in the Grower’s Collective will also take turns manning the table from time to time, though there are volunteers willing to take up the task when collective members can’t make it.

Anyone with extra produce to sell can join the collective by contacting Hurst at 250-674-3530 or email

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

food security

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Back in Time

Historical Perspective

YCS receives support from Interior Savings’ relief fund

Money will go toward food programs and new technology to improve operations

VIA Rail lays off 1,000 unionized workers across the country

Northern B.C. route Jasper to Prince George to Prince Rupert is not affected by VIA Rail layoffs

One of the unsung heroes that make Clearwater tick

“She is a networker and she knows how to build a great team.”

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

VIDEO: Vancouver Island cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

COVID-19 cases identified in Kelowna, after public gatherings

Those who were downtown or at the waterfront from June 25 to July 6 maybe have been exposed to COVID-19.

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Most Read