Oh, that fresh market air

The Week: March 1-7

Summer market season is almost upon us, but winter markets haven't quite finished yet.

Summer market season is almost upon us, but winter markets haven't quite finished yet.

Those waiting in painful anticipation of summer market season will be pleased to know there’s still plenty of opportunities to browse local wares in the tail end of this winter season.

The Victoria Downtown Public Market Society has been going strong all winter long, with monthly and now biweekly winter markets. As the cold starts to melt away — so we hope — the society is celebrating its nearly complete second year, with two more winter markets: March 3 and 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Market Square.

“You will find products that taste great, that taste real, and everything is grown and produced by artisan producers and growers,” says Corry Matechuck, VDPMS farm market manager.

In only a few weeks, the VDPMS is preparing to announce the new schedule for its second-time summer markets, all located in the Market Square inner courtyard. No word yet on how the downtown market will compete (or cooperate) with other Victoria favourites this year, like the Moss Street Market, but if Victoria’s cravings for local foods have been any indication, this summer should shape up to be a plethora of Island options.

Pad those baskets, and stay tuned.

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