Local farmers markets earn top honours

Armstrong Farmers Market named market of the year while Ingrid Baron, of the Vernon Farmers Market, selected market manager of the year

  • Mar. 1, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The North Okanagan is gaining a strong reputation for its farmers markets.

The Armstrong Farmers Market has been named market of the year by the B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets while Ingrid Baron, of the Vernon Farmers Market, was selected market manager of the year.

“It’s wonderful to see such passion and dedication to local food and farmers’ markets,” said Elizabeth Quinn, BCAFM executive director.

The Armstrong Farmers Market was chosen as market of the year in the medium category ( 21 to 60 vendors per week).

Baron has been involved in the Vernon Farmers Market for almost 20 years as a vendor and is now manager.

“Ingrid has lifted the spirit of the market,” said Dave Doran, Vernon Farmers Market president.

Baron has implemented new and innovative procedures over the past few years.

“Her dedication and hard work have paid off as the market has grown to an astounding 185 stalls during the summer season,” said Quinn.