Errington Farmers’ Market had their opening day last weekend. Along with the Errington Farmers’ Market

THURSDAY SPOTLIGHT: Popular and plentiful markets start their seasons

The Parksville Farmers Market, for example, has its opening day Friday

Summer market season is just starting, and there are plenty of markets to keep people busy from now until the end of summer.

Bowser’s Magnolia Court

Summer Market

Going into its fourth season, Bowser’s Magnolia Court Summer Market runs Wednesdays starting June 15 until Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The market is at Magnolia Court (6996 Island Highway) in Bowser.

There is live music by Peter Mason and Friends, but Corrine Roby said if they can’t perform the street market will usually get some other type of entertainment. People can browse through local produce, jewelry, artisans, edibles and wares.

Roby, one of the organizers for the summer market, said this year money from table rentals will be going toward a Vancouver Island University kids program running at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station. She said every year, they choose a different local cause.

“It’s getting better every year, and we’re getting excited,” Roby said.

Drop-in and full-season vendors are welcome. For more information call, 250-947-5231 or 250-937-1879 or visit the Facebook page Bowser’s Magnolia Court Summer Market.

QB Farmers Market

The ongoing market runs every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Memorial Avenue and Veterans Way.

Along with their Saturday market, there is a Wednesday evening “top-up” market that started late last summer.

The farmers’ market is a collection of local growers and artisans who grow healthy, fresh organic food, homemade crafts of every variety. There is also live entertainment.

For more information, visit www.qbfarmersmarket.com or call 1-844-843-7236.

Artisans market in QB

Back in March, Qualicum Beach town council gave conditional approval for a Thursday evening market.

The new market is organized by Jean Young of Arbutus Fashion and Lifestyle.

Council approved the first block of Second Avenue, from Memorial to Primrose for the artisan market which will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through July and August.

Errington Farmers’ Market

Now in its 43rd year, the Errington Farmers’ Market is now in full swing until Sept. 24.

In a press release, the new president Nicole Shaw said there are new vendors coming on board this season.

There is also free musical entertainment on the community stage.

The market runs from 10 a.m. to

1 p.m. at 1390 Errington Road.

For more information, call 250-954-5200.

Craig Street Market

(Summer by the Sea Market)

More than 150 artisans offering wrought iron, rock candles, wooden toys and more flock to Craig Street starting mid-June.

The Craig Street Market, also known as the Summer by the Sea Street Market, is held every Tuesday from mid-June until the end of August from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call 250-248-3613 or visit www.parksvillechamber.com/special-events/summer-by-the-sea-street-market.

Parksville Farmers Market

The Parksville Farmers Market kicks off this Friday, May 13.

To start their season off, there will be cake, live music and a ribbon cutting. There are more than 20 vendors on site and people can walk through the museum for free.

The market runs weekly on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m at the Parksville Museum (1245 East Island Highway).

For more information visit www.parksvillemuseum.ca or call 250-248-6966.

Second Sunday Market

The Second Sunday Market is at the Lighthouse Community Hall (240 Lion’s Way, Qualicum Bay) from

8 a.m. to 1 p.m on the second Sunday of each month.

There are more than 60 vendors with everything from handmade items, vintage collectibles and plants.

There’s live music and a pancake breakfast (which is $5) from 8 a.m to noon as well as a poultry swap from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 250-757-8172, e-mail secondsundaymarket@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page Second Sunday Market.

The next few market days are June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14.

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