Blackbird Bakehouse is the Vendor of the Year (non-farmer), while Clarence Selden and Dion Langevin are the volunteers of the year.
The Kimberley Conference Centre hosted the annual BC Association of Farmers Markets (BCAFM) conference and awards night over the weekend, which was the first time the event has ever been held in the region.
Several nominations were received throughout the province for a total of eight different awards.
“When reviewing the candidates for the awards, I was reminded of the enthusiasm and good-will evident among farmers' markets managers, vendors, customers and volunteers," says BCAFM Former Executive Director Elizabeth Quinn. "It's like a world unto itself that only those that are actively participating in the farmers' market movement can truly appreciate. I found the process of choosing the winners uplifting."
In the category of "Farmers' Market Vendor of the Year (non-farmer)", that honour went to Tanya Molle of Blackbird Bakehouse. She has been working with the farmer's markets in Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Fernie.
The award for "Farmers Market Volunteer of the Year" was given to Clarence Selden and Dion Langevin, who are part of the Cranbrook Farmers Market.
Award winners in the West Kootenay include IncrEDIBLE Farmer's Market (Farmers' Market of the Year - Small), and Rossland Mountain Market's Miche Warwick (Farmer's Market Manager of the Year).