David Thompson prepares a display of garden produce at his family's stand prior to the opening of the North Island Farmer's Market at Hyde Creek Petro Canada Saturday morning.

David Thompson prepares a display of garden produce at his family's stand prior to the opening of the North Island Farmer's Market at Hyde Creek Petro Canada Saturday morning.

Farmer’s market joins Fall Fair lineup

The North Island Farmer's Market will team up with the Fall Fair this weekend.

PORT McNEILL—If you’ve ever perused the produce exhibit at the Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair and wished you could take home some of the food, this weekend may provide that opportunity.

The North Island Farmer’s Market will take advantage of a temporary new location and expanded hours Saturday when it teams up with the Fall Fair to offer produce and other items to fair-goers, residents and visitors.

The farmer’s market, traditionally held through the summer months next to the Hyde Creek Petro Canada station, will get a spot in the parking lot of Chilton Regional Arena, near the main entrance to this weekend’s Fall Fair.

The market will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with vendor set-up starting at 10 a.m.

The previous farmer’s market, held Aug. 24 in Hyde Creek, proved to be the largest of the season to date, with more garden produce and several new vendors.

In addition to its normal selection of home-grown and -baked food, handmade crafts and other items, the North Island Farmer’s Market will host a scarecrow-making event for kids from noon-3 p.m.

The completed scarecrows will be displayed throughout the North Island between the fair and Halloween, and one lucky scarecrow will be selected as the permanent farmer’s market “mascot” in a vote by participating vendors.

Vendor space is available for $5 per table. Vendors must provide their own tables and canopies, if desired. To reserve a spot, or to volunteer a one-hour block of time to help kids build scarecrows, email Neva Perrott at pmfarmersmarket@gmail.com or call 250-956-2527.