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Vendor Spotlight! Wheelchair Woodturnings

Starting with a variety of pieces of domestic and exotic woods, Allan Stafford of Williams Lake, B.C. uses a wood lathe to reveal the vast array of grains and patterns hidden within.

Allan’s range of items is constantly expanding – from pens of all kinds to kitchen utensils and personal items. He has recently branched out into utilizing marbled acrylic turnings to create durable and waterproof handles for some of his kitchen items prone to frequent washing.

An architectural draftsman by trade, Allan has turned his hobby of woodworking into a successful side business, combining practicality and artistic creativity. As you might notice when visiting him at his booth, and from the name of his business, Allan uses a wheelchair to aid with his mobility, and started using a wood lathe during high school shop class as it was a way to participate in woodworking which did not require much standing and walking.

You will find Allan at every Friday and Tuesday Williams Lake Farmers’ Market, May till mid-October. He is always pleased to undertake custom orders.

Phone: 250-267-9660


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2021 Seedy Saturday Earlybird Market

Market Season Starter!

The 2021 Farmers’ Market Season kicks off with a special SEEDY SATURDAY EARLYBIRD FARMERS’ MARKET on Saturday, May 1st, 2021.

Please wear your face masks in the Market space, keep your hands nice and clean, and give others lots of room – remember to social distance so we can keep the Market open for everyone to enjoy!

We are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Williams Lake Food Policy Council we will be holding a special SEEDY SATURDAY EARLYBIRD FARMERS’ MARKET on SATURDAY, MAY 1st, 2021.

The Market will return to its usual 9 AM till 2 PM FRIDAY schedule on Grand Opening Day, Friday, May 7, 2021.


The Market Committee has decided to roll out a rather different non-live/non-Zoom AGM format this year.

2020 members will be receiving AGM notices shortly, either via email or phone call/regular mail for those without online access. These will include notes on Agenda items, plus a call for Director nominations and and invitation to add New Business points not already on the Agenda.

On March 1 the full AGM package will be emailed/mailed/posted online, and members will have an opportunity to vote and contribute comments, either via email or phone conversation.

The AGM final report and 2021 Vendor Applications* will roll out on March 17th.For more info, please feel free to contact CDFMA Secretary/Market Manager Barb at / 250-297-6553

*Please note: All BC Farmers’ Markets are currently restricted to “Food Only” vendors at this time, but we anticipate this restriction will be lifted at some point to allow for the full range of vendors.

We will be accepting applications from ALL types of vendors, in order to allow vendor participation to roll out as smoothly as possible in accordance with provincial Covid-19 developments.



Tuesday Afternoon/Evening Markets 2020

Can’t make it to the Friday Morning Market? Here’s a solution for you!

We have started up our additional summer markets, being held every Tuesday, June 16th to September 29th, 2 PM until 7 PM.

Some of your favourite Friday vendors will be in attendance, with visiting vendors and community info booths. We’re hoping to occasionally have some live background music, too.

May 8th – First Friday Market of 2020

We are getting ready to go with our first Farmers’ Market of 2020.

Due to COVID-19 recommendations by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the Market will currently be restricted to food items and food plants only.

Entrance to the Market will be monitored, hand-sanitizing stations will be provided, and vendors will operate with safe-shopping plans in place. Please remember to maintain those social distances! At least 2 metres (6 feet) from others is the rule. Face covers are encouraged. Please don’t touch the produce – vendors will assist and handle your purchases for you. Clean, new bags will be provided.

Exactly opposite to “before COVID”, for the duration of pandemic health and safety restrictions we are asking that customers SHOP, DON’T STOP! and move through the Market as quickly as possible. There will be no entertainment or seating area, and we are not permitted to allow eating and drinking on-site – if you are buying ready-to-eat food, please be prepared to consume it elsewhere.

As the Recreation Centre is closed, bathroom facilities may not be available at the Market site. Please plan to “go at home” before you stop by.

By shopping responsibly at the Market, you will be supporting your local farmers and food makers while acquiring excellent nutrition from close to home.

Local Food for Local Folk!

Watch for our new ONLINE MARKETPLACE rolling out on May 1st, which allows pre-orders and access to vendors who can’t be at the Market in person. We’ll publish a link when it’s ready to go live.

The TUESDAY MARKET is still in our plans, and scheduled to start June 16th. Updates asap.

Looking forward to hosting you soon.

Copy of 2020 Williams Lake Farmers Market CDFMA poster 1

2020 Annual General Meeting

Join us for the Williams Lake Farmers’ Market / Cariboo Direct Farm Market Association AGM. Monday, February 3rd, 10AM till noon, Blue Spoon Restaurant sunroom. Tea, coffee and snacks provided.

Everybody welcome!

On the Agenda:

  • Overview of the 2019 season
  • Tuesday Market – summary & discussion
  • Dates, days and times for 2020
  • Planning for 2020 – events, signage, market equipment, promotion
  • Earlybird Market-Seedy Saturday co-event
  • Election of CDFMA directors
  • and more!

For general info – Stephanie Bird –

To add Agenda items and director nominations – Barb Scharf – / 250-297-6553


Market Vendor Hanceville Cattle Co. thanks you for your support in 2019 and looks forward to 2020!

The Hanceville Cattle Company would like to let everyone know that this Tuesday, September 17th, (3-7 PM, Kiwanis Park) will be their last day attending the Farmers’ Market this year.

Stop on by and have a chat with Irinel and Cindy about the many premium Chilcotin grass-fed beef products available, and add your name to their contact list for winter orders.

Watch for Hanceville Cattle Co.’s return to the Market in spring of 2020, as well as an exciting new venture from Irinel and Lara: BAR 2A Ranch Creations!

You can get in touch with Hanceville Cattle Co. any time by phone, email or online:
250-394-7149 (Irinel, Office Manager)
Irinel Agapow:
Cindy Yu:

The Hanceville Cattle Co. ranch is located at:
6651 HWY 20
Hanceville, British Columbia, Canada
(50 minutes drive west of Williams Lake)

Beef jerky made from Hanceville Cattle Co. beef by local processor Rodear Meats

A peek into the Farmers’ Market freezer

Braised beef roast – premium grass-fed and grass-finished beef from the vast Chilcotin rangelands – local food (and sustainable agriculture) at its best!

The 2019 Tuesday Evening *Extra* Summer Markets are Happening!

The brand new extra Tuesday Evening Summer Market rolled out on July 2nd, and things are looking good. Farm vendors are coming in from Hanceville, Miocene, Macalister, Forest Grove, Soda Creek, Meldrum Creek, Horsefly and West Fraser Road, and we’ve had a nicely eclectic selection of crafters, artists and artisans attending, as well as your favourite hot food vendors. Talented local musicians, too!

The Tuesday Markets are slated to continue till the end of August, and possibly longer if things are going well. Same site as the Friday Markets, next to Kiwanis Park, and 3 PM till 7 PM, Tuesdays in July and August.

The Friday Markets are continuing as usual, 9 AM till 2 PM, Fridays at Kiwanis Park, and will run until Thanksgiving weekend, with the last Market on October 11, 2019.

Come on out and enjoy either or both of the Markets!

May 4th Earlybird Market & Seedy Saturday!

A collaboration is happening between the Williams Lake Food Policy Council and the Cariboo Direct Farm Market Association!

On SATURDAY*, May 4, we will be hosting a co-event. Many of your favourite farmers’ market vendors will be in attendance, plus there will be loads of Seed, Plant, and Local Food Info and Activities on the Seedy Saturday side.

Updates will follow as plans evolve!

For Market Vendors who wish to participate, please email Manager Jane at

For Seedy Saturday Info, please email

We hope to see you there!

(*This event is on a Saturday. The Farmers’ Market will kick off its regular season of FRIDAY Markets with a Grand Opening on May 10, 2019.)

seedy saturday earlybird farmers market poster 1 cdfma 2019