There were a few sprinkles of rain early in the morning last Saturday, but the hot, dry conditions won out overall.  The Market welcomed Louise who sold berries and enthralled market-goers by sitting and spinning at her booth.  Louise answered lots of questions!  Garth and Butch teamed up to create a wood crafters area. Garth selling his famous barn wood creations and Butch his burned wood signs (special orders welcome).  Market vendors are missing the presence of Eric who has been a stalwart for many years – get well and come back soon, Eric!

The Market Society is pleased to announce that Rogers Foods Ltd. of Armstrong, B.C. has joined the Butter Tart Festival as a sponsor, joining the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Village of Lumby in supporting our 3rd annual festival.  Lumby’s festival is getting widely known, it was featured (albeit briefly) on the Marilyn Denis show on CTV.

Here are some dates for you to mark on your calendar:

  • My apologies for missing a significant date – June 11, 2010 – the date the Lumby Public Market Society was incorporated under the Society Act of B.C.  The forward-thinking folks who worked to create the Market, and who acted as the first Directors were:  Karen Bright, Marcel Galli, Ray Cameron, Hilda Driver, Pat Knight and Harvey McFadden.
  • July 29 – Watkins will be back at the Market, but away again on August 5
  • July 29 – Campbell’s Orchards will be bringing cherries and apricots. Colin will be at the Market for the rest of the season.  See him in booth #3
  • August 12 – the Market is moving to Arbor Park Mall for one day only, same time, same great vendors,
  • August 26 – Fortis will be at the Market offering the opportunity to win a $500 gift certificate from Save-On-Foods (think of all the butter tart ingredients that would buy!)
  • September 9th – 3rd Annual Butter Tart Festival & “Best” Homemade Butter Tart Contest

Entry forms are now available for the contest:  here’s a “snippet” – you can request the whole form from



(note: homemade pastry only – no pre-forms)



Traditional #______ of entries @ $5.00 each $
Non-Traditional # _____of  entries @ $5.00 each $

As the hot, dry weather continues our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the wild fires in B.C.  As you may know, all the proceeds after expenses from the “Best” Homemade Butter Tart Contest is given to a local charity or charities, which is decided on a year-by-year basis by Society Directors.  Certainly, the Fires Appeal is on the list for consideration this year.

Again, thanks to everyone for their kind get well wishes over the month.  I will be back at the Market on July 29th, but away again on August 5th.  Please drop by and say hello this Saturday at the Lumby Public Market.






It was another great day at the Market on Saturday.  Local cherries and honey were available as well as our usual farm and greenhouse produce, crafters, artisans, knife sharpener and new-to-you vendors.  As most people have noticed, I’ve been absent from the Market for a few weeks; I want to thank everyone for their well-wishes and let you know that I (and Watkins) will be back at the Market in a few weeks. Thanks again.

We’ve had lots of questions about the Festival, so this week I want to focus on the Market’s biggest event of the season – the 3rd Annual Butter Tart Festival.  In honour of Lumby and area’s hard-working charitable and non-profits, we’re inviting these fine folks to use this year’s Butter Tart Festival as an opportunity to raise some funds.  Of course, other vendors and lovers of butter tarts are also invited to join us for a sweet day in September.  There’ll be more news next week, but for today here’s the nitty-gritty – point form:

  • Butter Tart Festival, September 9th, Whitevalley Community Park Oval (open-air)
  • Festival open to all: artists, home-based businesses, home-crafted items, farm produce or products,  food trucks, and, most importantly, butter tart bakers,
  • Charitable and non-profit organizations are welcome for fund-raising purposes,
  • Advance registration opens July 15 and closes August 22 (after that you take your chances!)
  • Cost of the Festival is $20 per booth (vendors bring own table & tent)
  • Lumby Public Market seasonal vendors freeLast year, butter tarts were all gone by 10:15 a.m. !!!
  • Last year, butter tarts were all gone by 10:15 a.m. !!!
  • Registration forms available at;,

For information about being a vendor at the Market, or about the Butter Tart Festival, send me an e-mail at . Our website is  We also “Twitter” and have a page on Facebook.



This week, I’d like to focus on our vendors who are creative entrepreneurs, selective pickers or sell fabulous products that you might otherwise have to purchase online or from a big, impersonal store.

First up is Elsie, your Lumby Beauticontrol specialist. She’ll be proud to introduce you to this unique line of products which offers personalized skin care solutions through scientifically advanced skin care and beauty products,  Elsie is happy to answer your questions and to tailor solutions that meet the specific needs of your skin. Visit Elsie this Saturday at the market and get a special Canada Day gift. A multi-tasker, Elsie also offers some great home baking and some special art cards created by her talented granddaughter.

What’s in your wallet?  Right beside Elsie is Colleen who offers a wide selection of purses, bags and yup – wallets.  I’m told the Cross-Town Wallet is especially popular, it has space for cards, gloss (whatever that is!) and according to my source, super-cute.  Colleen tells me it’s a versatile choice because you can wear it as a wallet, as a wristlet or a cross-body wallet. Colleen is also a well-known local photographer, and you can purchase cards and mugs featuring some of her best work. Her tent holds more items than many accessories departments in town!

Gents, you may think this article holds nothing for you, but you do buy the ladies in your life gifts, don’t you?  And, nothing impresses like the amazing and environmentally friendly jewellery Sasha brings to the Market. Guys, this is hand-made jewellery that not only looks great but has a social purpose to help women artisans in poor villages across the world.  Made from PETG (the main ingredient in water bottles), everything is BPA free and is produced in a facility in the U.S. that sends nothing to the landfill! Look for the “Color by Amber” booth this Canada Day.

We’re so happy to have an old friend back at the Market.  Nancy is back with her amazing “Victorian” gifts of runners, table cloths, aprons.  If you’re looking for butterflies, or sunflowers, or violets you’re sure to find them embroidered on a lovely piece of linen at Nancy’s booth. Big news – to make way for new stock ALL ITEMS ON HAND ARE 50% OFF.

From the return of an old friend to the arrival of a new one. Freebird Hobby & Arts arrived at the Market last Saturday with a hand-cart full of hand-made soap.  Everyone was amazed at the great attitude of this young man to bring his wares to the Market in such an environmentally friendly manner. We love supporting youthful initiative and think you will too when you see his line of natural and luxurious soaps.

Up next is Mama Bray and her original handmade crocheted items.  When you shop at Mama Brays, you’ll most likely meet her lively band of children and charming hubby.  My five-year-old granddaughter loves crochet cloches (I must ask Mama Bray what that is! – I’m sure she could whip one up for me).

At the end of the Market, or the beginning if you enter through Maple Street, you’ll find a fine line-up of gentlemen entrepreneurs:  Jim who will sharpen your dullest knife or garden implement is also an artisan in wood – you must check out his beautifully crafted and finished spoons, and knives.  His fine wooden measuring spoons should be framed hung on the wall, not used to measure salt and vanilla! Eric is a long-time participant in the Lumby Public Market.  I’d wager that there are few households out there who haven’t bought a gently used garden tool or canning jar from Eric.  Eric also makes the most handsome side tables, you really have to see them and the price is so reasonable for such craftsmanship. Looking for a used book, a collector’s edition comic or an antique scale – you never know what our own “Canadian picker” Ron will have on offer from week to week.  You just have to visit him every week to find out.

SEE YOU ON CANADA DAY – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.












As you know, the Saturday Market in Lumby is a “public” market – it walks the line between a card-carrying farmer’s market and a flea market.  This week, I’d like to focus on our many vendors who make, bake or grow their products.

As you walk the tree-lined path in the Whitevalley Community Park, the first vendor you encounter will be Cedarstein Farm, a family owned and operated, certified organic farm,  Heidi, and helpers bring seasonal vegetables, berries, fruit and nuts to the Market.  Next is BS Ranch & Greenhouse,  Sam, the garden column writer, offers an amazing variety of plants, flowers, and ornamentals.  Sam’s very knowledgeable and her gardening tips – priceless. Grown right at BS Ranch & Greenhouse.  Soon these vendors will be joined by Campbell and other orchards as fruit becomes available.

Next up is Monashee Old Time Bakery – fresh home-made bread with nothing artificial or suspicious in it.  Donna tasted one of Stan’s gluten-free muffins last weekend; it completely passed her demanding standards, and it was delicious to boot!  A further stroll brings you to Lumby’s undisputed queen of the bannock – Julie.  Can’t get much fresher or original than the tasty traditional treats cooked on-the-spot every Saturday. Beside her is Leona, known by just about everyone in Lumby for her delicious home-baking and crafty crafts.  There’s a lot of our older folks (and younger ones too) who depend on Leona to be in booth #5 every week.

Right beside the music men, Mel and Murray, you’ll find Naturally Green Acres, a local farm specializing in naturally grown produce, herbs, patio, hanging & garden baskets. The name says it all.,

As you can see, we have the best local bakers – including Wendy.  Wendy is not just a baker, she’s a cake decorating phenom,  Last week’s special was artistically decorated cakes on a stick that she created for the swim meet. If you’re looking for a real healthy and original treat see Wendy in booth #10.

Let’s take a walk up the other side of the path to meet Charlotte who serves up popcorn, Kaktus chips and caramel corn – is there anyone who can resist the smell of old-fashioned fresh-made popcorn?

In booth #22 beside Charlotte, is a new-to-the-market vendor, Gwynn, who sells quilts, aprons and lots more home-crafted items.

No mention of “green” would be complete without mentioning our Norwex vendor.  Norwex specializes in products that “radically reduce chemicals in our homes with simple, cost-effective solutions that truly work.”  Ask Ida how this all started with bugs on a windshield.

On the 24th, we’ll be visited by OASISS – so whatever else you do until then – Don’t Move A Mussel!

See you at the Market, Murray


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.



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 or call me at 778-473-2226. Our website is  We also “twitter” and have a page on Facebook.

See you on May 13th!  Murray

I can't wait for The Buttertart festival Sept 9th