Sorry folks, but we have been asked by the Village of Lumby to cancel the May 13th Saturday Market due to the risk of continued flooding and possible severe weather. We’ve never had to cancel before and sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause to our vendors and customers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are trying to deal with the flooding by filling sandbags, shoring up riverbanks and creating berms, and, of course, to those whose homes have been damaged by the flood waters.
We expect to be back at the same location in the Whitevalley Community Park on May 20th.
Spring herbs – I’m always happy to see my little patch of stinging nettle every spring. The leaves decrease pain and act as a mild diuretic, accounting for their use in providing relief from allergies and arthritis. The young leaves, rich in iron, chlorophyll and vitamin C are excellent cooked as a vegetable. Once the leaves are cooked, they lose their sting, and you can drink the water for an extra boost. Herbalists use a strong infusion as a tonic for treating iron deficiency anemia. To keep your supply fresh, cut them back three or four times a year to encourage new growth, but the dried leaves can also be used to make an excellent tea – steep 1-2 tbsp dried leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water for 5-30 minutes. Strain, sweeten if desired and enjoy.
Lavender, it’s a good friend to have on the windowsill or in the garden, but Lavandula officinalis/Lavandula angustifolia is a herb we don’t give much thought to. Yet, for centuries it’s been used as a general tonic, sedative, antispasmodic, diuretic, and digestive aid. We use the tea and essential oil for insomnia, nervousness, fatigue, headaches, nausea, and a host of other complaints. Lavender is easy to grow in most climates. It doesn’t require a lot of water, likes full sun and well-drained soil. It will form fairly large bushes that can easily be made into a hedge. Harvest lavender as it blooms throughout the summer, and prune back by about a third each fall.
If you’re an avid gardener or athlete, this recipe is for you: Blend 2 drops rosemary essential oil, 1 drop lavender essential oil and 1 drop eucalyptus oil. (Avoid essential oils in pregnancy, and never take internally.) Add 4 teaspoons of sweet almond or sesame oil. Blend well. Apply to body, especially joints before going out to the gym or the garden. (Lavender makes a great athlete’s foot ointment, for the recipe, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org) Donna, the herb lady
Spring planting has already begun, and here at the Market, we’re lucky to have one of the Okanagan’s best gardeners right on the spot. Sam also writes a gardening column for our local weekly newspaper, the Lumby Valley Times. Pests bugging your timid tomatoes, making your carrots cringe and your lettuce less than lovely? Check out Sam’s home-made solutions here: lumbyvalleytimes.ca/issues/page3
Just a word about our Market, it’s run by a wonderful group of volunteers who are not only an important part of the community but an important part of the Lumby Public Market Society. That’s right, we’re a society, have been since 2010. The purposes of the Society are to a) provide a platform for the marketing and sale of locally produced craft, produce and other items; and b) support the local community. Essentially, we provide a place for anyone with a great idea and a great product, whether from farm, field or Village, to set up shop at a reasonable price. (the Society is essentially non-profit with any money collected in fees going to support the ongoing operations of the Market – advertising, insurance. business license, web page maintenance, office needs, etc.; and put back into the community through our yearly charitable donations.)
We had a great time at the Lumby Chamber of Commerce Trade Show; got to talk with lots of people – gee there’s a lot of new individuals and families in the Village! And, we made contacts with exciting prospective vendors for the Saturday Public Market. Congratulations to Christine who won our draw for Watkins products.
April 29, 2017 Lumby Chamber of Commerce Trade Show
April 29, 2017 CofC Lumby Trade Show
Trade Show, Lumby
Apr. 29, 2017 Lumby CofC Trade Show
Anticipating a really good Market season this year, especially with the big Canada Day celebration being planned for the Village, and, of course, the 3rd Annual Butter Tart Festival.
For information about being a vendor at the Market, or about the Butter Tart Festival, send me an e-mail at email@example.com or call me at 778-473-2226. Our website is www.lumbymarket.com. We also “twitter” and have a page on Facebook.
See you on May 13th! Murray
NOTES FROM THE LUMBY PUBLIC MARKET
Was it really such a long winter, or is it only me? Anyway, I’m so happy that the Market will be opening for the season on Saturday, May 13th, it seems to make the end of winter official. We’ll be back at our usual spot in the Whitevalley Community Park on Glencaird from 9am-1pm. It’s a beautiful location – tree-lined, and close to the kids’ playground, library, museum, and in warmer weather, the pool and spray park.
Vendors, this Market offers the best seasonal fees found anywhere, and we’ve always got enough room for another vendor – seasonal or drop-in. Welcome to new vendor Ida, selling those great chemical-free Norwex products.
You may have noticed that local plant maven, Sam, is writing a garden column in the Lumby Valley Times. Isn’t she amazingt? And, her plants are really, really beautiful and really, really healthy. I know she’ll have lots on hand for the 13th – just in time for Mother’s Day.
There’s a huge amount of excitement building already for the 3rd Annual Butter Tart Festival on September 9th. This year we’re encouraging anyone who is engaged in raising funds for their organization to consider using the Festival as a way to fund raise, and have a lot of fun in the bargain. We’re also encouraging everyone in Lumby to get involved in some way – more news about the “People’s Choice” later.
For information about being a vendor at the Market, or about the Butter Tart Festival, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 778-473-2226
See you on May 13th! Murray
2ND ANNUAL LUMBY BUTTER TART FESTIVAL CONTEST DETAILS
The deadline is fast approaching to enter the Contest. We’ve had a few questions, and here are the answers:
- Two categories of butter tart – Traditional & Non-Traditional;
- Two divisions of bakers – Home baker & Commercial Baker;
- Two tarts maximum that can be entered per person;
- Two x two sets of prize ribbons – Traditional home baker & Traditional commercial; Non-Traditional home baker & Non-Traditional commercial;
If you have any questions contact us at email@example.com