There is the Market and There are Markets.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Anchor Realty

The Real Estate Market continues to be strong here in Qualicum Beach, BC and one of the reasons is the quality of life on Vancouver Island. One of those reasons are the local Farmer's Markets.

Over the past weekend, my partner Susan and I managed to visit three of them, meeting some great people, purchasing fresh organic vegetables and free-range eggs and a few other sundry items. On Saturday we took in both the Qualicum Beach and Errington Farmer's Markets. On Sunday we headed up to Campbell River (the Salmon Capital of the World) for theirs. Each of the markets have a distinctly different flavor to them. With summer winding down, the local fresh produce is abundant.

Qualicum Beach's Market is held in the downtown area on a blocked off street. Fresh vegetables, jams and jellies, breads, organic meats, free-range eggs, cheeses and local crafts are all available. A jazz band who was playing on Saturday will also be performing at Milner Garden this weekend (Aug 19). The market runs every Saturday from May to October 8:30-12:00noon. 

Shane PhilipsErrington's  Market on the other hand is held in the park on Saturdays May to October 10:00AM to 1:00PM. Similar local fare is available here, plus some of the best cinnamon buns I have every tasted. This past weekend featured Shane Philip for the entertainment. Shane is a one man show mixing the didgeridoo, drums, guitar and voice to create a "totally unique and organic sound". Shane borrows and combines elements of reggae, ska, folk, funk, blues and rock to write and perform songs about love, peace, and the human experience.

Campbell River Fisherman's wharfCampbell River's Market is held in the parking lot by Fisherman's Wharf. It was great being right by the ocean and seeing all the pleasure craft and fishing boats. Many of the booths offered fresh, smoked or frozen seafood such as salmon, tuna, oysters, shrimp and other locally caught fish and shell fish. Crafts and local produce was also available.

If you are in the area, taking in one of the Farmer's Markets is certainly worth your time. If you want to discuss the real estate market, please give me a call.

Jeff Shields
RE/MAX Anchor Realty

PS: A didgerdoo is an Australian instrument. Shane makes his own by cutting a piece of wood in half, hollowing it out and then gluing it back together. It is played by blowing into one end.

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