The Penticton Farmers' Market is best in B.C. in the medium-sized category.
The award was given out by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets in Kelowna on Saturday.
The Penticton market has been operating for 25 years.
“The Penticton Farmers’ Market Society is honoured to receive this award,” said Erin Trainer, market manager. “The market has been able to provide a venue where small-scale farmers can sell directly to the public, creating a sustainable local economy and contributing to food security in the Okanagan.”
The medium category includes markets that have between 20 and 60 full-time members.
The Lytton Town Rivers Farmers’ Market won in the small category, while the White Rock Farmers’ Market took home the prize for large markets.
Peter Leblanc, with the BCAFM, says the awards are given based on three criteria: what does the market do to exemplify the "make, bake, grow" philosophy, how else does the market engage with the community, and what makes the market special.
One of the things that set the Penticton market apart was organizers' use of technology to spread the latest news about their events. Each morning of the market, organizers tweet the fruits and vegetables that are available that day, and they made a video that vendors can put on their own website, showing off the market.
The Penticton Farmers’ Market is set to open on April 23, two weeks earlier than previous years.