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Sailing down Memory Channel
t’s the scents and and the sounds that take me back. In the past few months, I’ve been transported to my childhood three times while stopping at places in the Peninsula. The first occurred during a visit to Philbrooks Boat Yard, when I climbed onto a boat under restoration and the smell of fiberglass launched me down Memory Channel.
fleet of sailboats that bobbed in and out of my childhood that is driven by the sounds and scents of boatyards and marinas. Most memorable was our boat Subra (named by combining my moniker with my mother Barbara’s, causing me no end of grief for a pre-adolescent girl suddenly associated with a … bra!). Our decade with Subra began on the front lawn, when I was about four. My father — one of those handy guys who could build absolutely anything — purchased the hull of a Gulf 29 sailboat, and dropped it into a hand-constructed “cradle” and scaffolding on our front lawn (ahem .. the lawn of our waterfront home in a viewinspired neighbourhood). He spent the next three years building the interior, from the beds in the bow (my mom sewed covers onto the foam mattresses) to the beautiful little galley, undertaking all the brightwork, and making doors, hatch, tiller, handrails. The lingering cacophony of scents included varnish, stain and fiberglass. He worked on it every spare moment — apparently I once asked if he would work right through Christmas Day. Initially, he built a roof on the cradle so he could saw and hammer out there in the rain, but that proved just too much for the neighbours and an official complaint shut that down. My mom recalls a time when the two of them were working on the boat and with a great creaking noise, Subra shifted slightly
MY MOM RECALLS A TIME WHEN THE TWO OF THEM WERE WORKING ON THE BOAT AND WITH A GREAT CREAKING NOISE, SUBRA SHIFTED SLIGHTLY IN THE CRADLE. It happened again as we pulled up dockside in a Zodiac at Van Isle Marina, after my husband, a friend and I decided to spend a Sunday afternoon voyaging to Sidney via water. There it was — the sound of halyards chiming on masts, the creak of the dock underfoot and the slap of water on hulls. Most recently, I walked with Don Prittie in Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard, and all my senses tingled in memory. The ocean is in my blood. I grew up in a waterfront home, cushioned by sounds of the wind — gentle and mighty — the crash and lap of waves on the rocks and the constant cry of gulls. But it’s the memory of the small
in the cradle. They both instinctively placed their hands against the hull as if they could physically stop it from falling, realizing afterwards that might not have been the optimum maneuver in that moment. But she didn’t fall, and eventually the day arrived when movers lifted her from the front lawn — I remember holding my breath, terrified she would fall — and drove her to Cattle Point, where she was launched, still mast-less, into the sea. We spent many years on Subra, visiting Discovery and Chatham islands off Oak Bay, D’Arcy and Sidney islands off the Peninsula and sailing to various ports around the Gulf Islands. Subra is long since sold and most certainly has a new (less embarrassing) name now. But those days on the water are etched in my memory, destined to whip up like a gentle, summer storm whenever I smell the scent of fiberglass or hear the chime of masts. Many things nautical figure prominently in this issue of Pearl, where readers will meet boatbuilder and Olympic sailor Eric Jespersen and Canoe Cove GM Don Prittie, feast their eyes on a backdrop of boats in our Set Sail fashion story, and enjoy a journey to the seaside community of Brentwood Bay (lots of boats!), where a variety of food and flavours await. Pearl also offers a tour around a glorious “green” home, a saunter through farmers’ markets on the nearby Gulf Islands and a trip through the history of the Saanich Fair. We hope you enjoy this issue of Pearl and if you can read it while rocking gently on a boat — even better.
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coloured a dark gray,” explained Damon. “We created all the walls in baking trays — huge baking trays. We’d pour a layer of concrete, then add insulation, then more concrete. When that was done, we laid board forms on the baking trays. Once the concrete dried, they came off easily and created the wood pattern on the concrete. Some of the wood fibre came off which adds a bit of brown to the siding. We also did a maple leaf pattern on the exterior shower floor. Once the concrete is out of the forms, the walls are lifted and attached to create the exterior and interior walls inside the home.” Walking around the spacious yard, it’s hard not to notice even more concrete. There’s a huge family-sized picnic table in the centre of the 1,200-square-foot concrete back patio. Two sets of concrete stairs lead up off the patio and onto the grassy play area. There’s a smaller concrete patio out front that can be accessed from the boys’ room or the dining area. Also at the front of the house, Damon has created a six-by-ten-foot concrete feature wall, which holds a huge stack of firewood. There’s also a 750-square-foot garage located to the right of the main entrance. “When I’m not working, I live in there,” said Damon. “I love it, because I’m a tinkerer.” As we stepped inside, I noticed the polished concrete floors were warm to the touch — thanks to radiant underfloor heat. Most of the inside walls are also mostly concrete, yet the house felt warm and inviting. The entrance feature wall that backs onto the kitchen was created out of concrete to hold thermal mass from the fridge and stove. This time, they left the wood on the concrete.
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“We made it from the reclaimed pallets that our materials were delivered on. We created it by putting the boards down on the trays with the nails sticking upwards. Then the concrete was poured and when it was all dry, the boards were attached and we lifted it into place,” said Damon. Interior designer Robyn Bryson helped pull it all together. “I am good at spatial design,” said Damon, “and Robyn picked out all the colours and all the finishes.” “We had to try several options to get just the right colour for the wood and concrete feature wall. Damon was great to work with,” said Robyn, adding, “The most interesting challenge was to use the lumber cut from trees felled on the property. I loved that it was all done on-site in discussion with Damon and his crew and not on a computer in an office.” There are several gorgeous wood pieces in the home, all built by Damon and his crew. The boys’ bunk beds and the master bedroom bed, side tables and a room-length counter were all made from fir harvested from the property. Damon even took on the huge task of making doors. “All the doors in the home were made from trees on the property. They were planed on the back deck,” he said. “On Robyn’s suggestion, we made the butterfly connectors from purple heart wood. We made 10 doors all together. All the doorways in the home are three feet wide and wheelchair accessible.” When it came to the finishes for an in-law suite, creativity was the name of the game. “The in-law suite has one bedroom and a three-piece bathroom,” said Damon. “We made the back wall of the kitchen and
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two of the bathroom walls by pouring concrete into the trays and then laying recycled old brick on top of it.” “When Damon said he wanted to use the brick wall as one of the shower walls I wasn’t convinced, ” said Robyn. “But it looked great when it was done.” The in-law suite shower isn’t the only room with unique walls. The master en suite has large “Banksy” graffiti tiles covering the shower walls. It’s another fun feature of the home. The concept for the laundry area and mechanical room grew out of sharing ideas on site. Said Robyn: “We wanted to create a functional laundry room that had lots of space and didn’t feel like it was in a hallway, even though it was. We got the oversize doors from IKEA and then had to figure out how to hang them. We used one of the fir beams and mounted the track on that.” “The glass opaque doors hide everything from sight when you enter the room,” said Damon. “There’s a mechanical cupboard and the hot water heater on either end. Then in the middle there’s a sink, a folding area and storage beneath the washer and dryer for sorting clothes.” Then there’s the bright great room, which is comprised mostly of floor-to-ceiling windows, with patios on either end. “The windows are all EuroLine Windows out of Delta. We tried to keep all our suppliers within a 100 kilometre range,” said Damon. “And all windows and doors are triple glazed and R7. The dining room window is 12-by-eight feet and makes it easy to watch the children as they play outside.” There are no exterior window casings, and no trim around the windows.
“It’s all concrete,” said Damon with a smile. “You don’t need flashing with a concrete build.” The fireplace in the living area is electric and flanked by wood columns on either side, both harvested from the property. “We don’t have natural gas on this street, which is why we went with the solar panels. In the summer, they give us about 80 kilowatts per day. There was about a 10 percent premium added to the cost of the build to make it this energy efficient. But if you want to live in a healthy home, it’s worth it.” The kitchen has a very clean, modern look to it, with everything including the refrigerators hidden behind panels and cupboards. The island is 14-by-four feet and made from locally sourced, apple martini green, man-made quartz. All of it looks out through the wall of windows in the dining room. Damon’s wife, Annie, loves the kitchen. “I like how big the island is because the boys can come up and bake and be with us. I also like that the coffeemaker slides out from the wall, which keeps things safe for the kids. My favourite thing is this,” she smiles, balancing a baby in one arm and touching the tap to turn it on. “It certainly makes my life easier.” “The fact that we’ve fit all of this into a 2,000-square-foot home is great,” said Damon. “We have three large bedrooms, tons of storage and the mechanical room — and it doesn’t feel crowded at all. I also love that it faces south so we get the sun in here all the time.” I asked their four-year-old son, Ollie, what he liked best about the house. “I love the windows,” he said, “because I can see everything that’s going on outside!”
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“It’s very old school, and people love it,” says Alice. Tea latte still in hand, I head over to Breadstuffs Bakery, a staple in the community for the past 15 years. Rita Cooney owns the bakery with her husband, Dale Carter, who is a Red Seal Chef. “Dale has an insatiable curiosity to be creating,” she says, adding that he makes all the soups, breads, pastries and even croissants from scratch. From the chicken gumbo to the bags of Cape Cod oatmeal cookies to the mini pies, everything in the display cases and on the shelves has a wholesome, hearty kind of feel to it. “We say we make real food for everyday,” says Rita. “I want food that’s really good, that tastes like what I want to eat every day.” Serving sandwiches made to order and all the sweets you could ask for, Rita adds, “We’re a great place to get a picnic lunch.” Ah, lunchtime. But that’s still a few hours off, and it’s time to make my next stop, so I head down Verdier Avenue towards the ocean. Conveniently situated beside the Brentwood Bay ferry lineup, Seahorses Café offers a mini getaway on the water. Hanging baskets overflowing with brilliant pink and blue blooms line the dock as fearless sparrows hop along the wooden slats. “You come down to enjoy your time here,” says owner Diana Young, sitting next to me at one of the sun-drenched tables. All around us are tables filling up with locals and ferry-goers. I see a handful of breakfast buns go out on trays, and though there’s clam chowder (a year-round favourite), poutine and a beautifully plated mermaid salad, it’s the bun I want. Fried egg, bacon and cheese on a brioche bun. If you’re water-savvy, this is also a great and inexpensive place to grab a couple kayaks for the afternoon. Experienced folks only though, as it’s entirely self-serve. At just $20 for two hours, I make a mental note to bring my dad for a mini water adventure next time I’m here. For a taste of New Orleans with waterfront views, food lovers should check out nearby Blue’s Bayou Café, open for lunch and dinner. Gumbo, shrimp melts, po’boys, you name it — if it’s Cajun or Creole, it’s here. Just a few minutes from Blue’s is local favourite Zanzibar, with everything from a variety of eggs benedict for breakfast to paninis and specialty salads for lunch, to exquisite entrées of duck, bison and lamb. And all are offered with a focus on sourcing local, exceptional quality ingredients. As the mom of a beautiful and very energetic one-year-old, I’m always on the lookout for kid-friendly eateries, and there couldn’t be any kid-friendlier place than Sassy’s Family Restaurant. Named and built in honour of owner Cory Porter’s granddaughter Sapphira, who passed away suddenly in 2011, it’s got a box of everevolving toys, a great kids’ menu and an all around family kind of vibe. This is definitely a place we could grab a bite with the babe — and they have beef stew served in a giant Yorkshire pudding. A giant Yorkshire pudding. Cue my contented sigh. Moving on, with a dream in my heart of a quiet, romantic dinner (one day), I stop in at the Brentwood Bay Resort to visit their Dining Room. Formerly SeaGrille Restaurant, The Dining Room recently underwent a rebranding of sorts, as well as a complete menu changeover.
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ric Jespersen leads me deep into a wonderland of boats in Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard at the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula. We are surrounded, overwhelmed by sailboats, powerboats and dinghies. Some, sleek and shiny, are raised onto blocks for renovation. Others are moored along jetties. We stroll along a wooden pier passing countless canvas boat sheds. Unlike me, Eric walks with confidence, oblivious to the rolling of the floating pier. Eric is totally immersed in the sea-faring life. He builds and restores wooden boats at his Jespersen Boat Builders Ltd., a company started by his father. He also races sailboats and is one of the most skilled — and most decorated — sailors on the West Coast. “If I can’t smell the sea I get nervous,” Eric says. “Even on my days off I come to the marina because I love boats.” He enters a large boat shed and shows me a classic: the 62-foot Barlovento, a schooner built in 1932 for the Dupont family, and now under restoration by Jespersen’s firm. Even with her masts removed and tools littering her teak deck, she is impressive, appearing as though she could slice through the roughest of waves with graceful ease. “It’s great fun to see old boats like this come back to life,” he says. Eric Jespersen comes from a family with strong nautical DNA; sailing and boat building are a natural way of life. As his father, Bent once told him, “You can have anything you want, so long as it’s a boat.” Bent was a boat builder in Denmark prior to immigrating to Canada. He worked for several boat companies and then launched Jespersen Boat Builders in Sidney in 1974. Eric grew up and went to high school in Sidney and followed in his father’s footsteps, apprenticing in boat building, and working at his dad’s company. At an early age he also worked aboard a commercial fishing boat, which he credits for teaching him much about west coast waters and seamanship. In 1994, his father retired, and Eric took over. Jespersen Boat Builders has impressive credentials and is, arguably, the best wooden boat builder on the West Coast. Over its 44 years, the firm has built nearly 40 boats and brought countless more back to life. In recent years, the company’s main work has been in renovating and restoring boats. It is known for its quality work, and customers come from around the world. “Being big and strong are definite assets in racing,” says Eric, who is 6’1” and 230 pounds. He started early: at the age of 12, he sailed in his first Swiftsure race. In 1983, at the age of 21, Eric stepped onto the international stage by crewing aboard Canada I at the America’s Cup. He impressed the team when he noticed the trim tab on the keel made the boat exceed the regulatory size, and prevented the boat’s disqualification by working overnight to fix the problem in time for the morning’s inspection. He was a crew member and project manager for Canada II at the 1987 America’s Cup. At the 1992 Olympics, he and his partner, Ross MacDonald, won a bronze medal in Star Class sailing. Two years later, they won the Star Class World Championships — an enormous achievement. Jespersen
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day. I get down on the floor and see where the connections are, what’s missing and what needs to be written. “ She laughs: “It’s certainly not a technique I would recommend. It’s chaotic and difficult. You’re quilting something together. And there’s a terrible moment near the end where you still don’t know where the end is.” Once it’s finished, Holdstock sends it out cold. “I tend not to share out until it’s gone already and it’s too late,” she laughs. “Again, it’s not necessarily something I would recommend. It has a lot to do with ego. If your ego isn’t intact, you probably aren’t going to attempt writing. You have to believe in the art that you’re creating. You have to trust that you’ve worked it to the point where it’s acceptable to the world. If you rely on others, you’re relying on their judgement. I prefer to trust my own judgement.” Holdstock recently completed yet another novel, one she views as different from her others. “It reaches back to 1960s Britain. Most of my other books have had historic settings, so they require a great deal of research; but this book is from my own experience. I know what it was like in Britain at that time so I didn’t have to do so much research.” While it’s not yet published, there’s a chance she’ll read from it in the upcoming festival. “The festival is a really great addition to Sidney’s literary scene,” she says. “A focal point. It keeps everyone’s interest in books alive and gives it a boost.” This is Book Town, after all.
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Nice to meet you, Don. Where were you born, how did you get to the Peninsula, and who is your family?
was born and raised in a small coastal community in West Vancouver. Copper Cove is the little bay just next to Horseshoe Bay. It was an absolutely charming place to be a kid in the ‘50s and ‘60s. I have been married to Janice for 38 years and we have three adult children, two in Victoria and one in Montreal.
You’re known as the GM at Canoe Cove Marina, but what was your career path before that? I started working at Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay when I was 14 years old and have been in the marine business in BC almost the entire time since. I had the opportunity to take over our family automotive business (Langley Nissan), but I didn’t love the car business, so on a very teary day, I told my father I appreciated the offer but I wanted to do something else with my life. He was great about it! I left there to manage a passenger ship in Vancouver and then did my first stint in Victoria with the Oak Bay Marine Group for five years. My first job was as Assistant Manager of Sealand of the Pacific, so all of a sudden, I was taking care of marine mammals! After that I went back to Vancouver and took on the management of the Malibu Club, a large remote kids’ camp in Princess Louisa Inlet for 13 years. Then it was back to the Oak Bay Marine Group as GM of April Point Resort and Marina, and finally as Senior Vice President of the Oak Bay Group immediately before taking on Canoe Cove Marina. You’re also the president of BC Boating — how and why did you get involved with this group? I have tried to stay active with whatever industry I have been part of, so after my time as chair of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, I put my name forward to serve on the board of what was then called the BC Marine Trades Association. I joined the board and a year or so later found myself as president! The organization has been promoting recreational boating and the marine industry for 60 years. We changed the name to Boating BC to better reflect our mandate to introduce the boating lifestyle to new people. I have always felt that working together within an industry makes all members stronger, so I have worked with our board and staff toward that goal. As the owners of the Vancouver International Boat Show, we have opportunities to promote boating and provide educational opportunities that can be quite exciting. What do you love most about the Peninsula? I love a lot about the Peninsula, but I think the greatest thing for me is the fact we are surrounded by ocean! Being a person who loves to look at boats and spend time in marinas, I can go to many different places and visit boats, shoreside eateries and marine services in all sorts of places from Sidney to Brentwood Bay. What trends are you seeing in recreational boating in the area? First of all, many of the baby boom generation are starting to get out 34
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he Saanich Fair of 1885 may have been especially memorable for a certain Mr. W. Thompson as well as others who attended the annual harvest celebration. Thompson, according to Victoria’s Daily Colonist, is reported to have met with a “rather painful accident” when a “large boar tore off the flesh of his left hand in a frightful manner.” The newspaper article concludes, rather optimistically, by reporting that the victim was “doing as well as might be expected” thanks to the steady hand and stitching skill of a local doctor called McSwain. Other fairgoers had the far more pleasant experience of welcoming Lord Lansdowne, Canada’s fifth governor general, to the Saanich Peninsula. Lansdowne’s visit coincided with rocky times in Canada’s young history. The government, led by Sir John A. Macdonald, faced a scandal associated with construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the charismatic Louis Riel was at the helm of the North West Rebellion and the nascent Canadian economy was on the
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brink of recession. The governor general’s journey to Vancouver Island was part of a cross-country tour on the newly completed railway to meet and speak with colonists and First Nations people, with hopes of subduing further political troubles. An article recounting the trip reports the governor general was pleased to “find on the western shores of the Dominion so large and prosperous a community of agriculturalists.” Though this community was populated by only a few hundred people, states the article, the fair of 1885 revealed substantial progress in every line of products exhibited, demonstrated the importance of agriculture to securing the “social fabric” and foreshadowed the arrival of many settlers intent on enjoying the grand scenery and health-giving climate of the Pacific Province. Fewer than 20 years before Lord Lansdowne’s visit and Mr. Thompson’s unfortunate mishap with a boar, 10 settlers from the Peninsula paddled across the Saanich Inlet to witness the excitement at the Cowichan Valley’s newly formed agricultural exhibition. Upon their return, the men promptly contributed $5 each to establish an agricultural society, create categories and fund
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nder a clear cobalt sky, the Tour des Isles festival celebrated the five southern Gulf Islands, highlighted by convenient and inexpensive travel between the isles. (Take note BC Ferries!) I seized the opportunity and headed to Salt Spring Island. My goal was to visit the farmers’ markets on all five islands. As a vendor at the Pender Island Farmers’ Market, I was curious to see how the others compare and what they have to offer. We reached Ganges and soon I was at Centennial Park where I jostled among the smiling throngs and roamed rows and rows of canopy tents providing cool shade for more than 150 booths. I was in sensory overload. It was clear why the Salt Spring Saturday Market is one of the best in Canada. It’s enormous in size and, furthermore, all goods must be “vendor produced.” Since the island abounds with funky artists and organic farmers, an incredible variety of goods was on display, many of which were highly artistic and ingenious in concept. I loved chatting with the farmers, artisans and chefs about their fairy doors, decorative mushrooms made from recycled glass, all kinds of jewellery, pottery, artisan breads and cheeses, birdhouses from driftwood, freshly picked strawberries, spirits from a new craft distillery, pizzas, sushi and much, much more. Buskers played music at spots designated by chalk circles on the walkway. A Tai Chi class exercised in the park. There was even a dog sitting service. It was heaven. The fine print: • 8:30 am to 4 pm Saturdays, starting with the first Saturday in April and through the last Saturday in October. • Held at Centennial Park, Ganges. • No dogs but dog-sitting is provided. • A smaller market also runs Tuesdays, 2-6 pm, from June to end of October.
I headed to Mayne Island and learned the primary purpose of the farmers’ market — established in the early 1990s — is to forge a closer bond between people and the food they eat. The market encourages and develops an awareness of local agriculture, arts and crafts, and provides a direct sales outlet for locally produced goods. Wandering among the booths, I gazed with big eyes at produce such as vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, fresh flowers, jams/jellies, plants, lamb’s wool, goat’s milk and cheese. I quickly became hungry. A vendor offering organic garlic explained there is always a changing pageant of seasonal offerings. A guitarist strummed in the background, and it seemed every vendor had a story or two A potter displays to tell. creative wares at the Richard DeArmond, market Salt Spring market. manager, said, “The average number of booths is 20, although we’ve had up to 42.” He added, “My favourite part of the market is its great atmosphere; it brings people together and encourages community interaction.” The fine print: • 10 am to 1 pm Saturdays from the May long weekend through Thanksgiving. • Held at the Agricultural Hall in Miners Bay, 430 Fernhill Road. • No dogs. •
A short boat ride took me to the Galiano Saturday Market where I was greeted by the slogan Meet me at the Market! The tones of a musician strumming on a stage floated pleasantly among the booths. “Each Saturday is a different market depending on what’s fresh,” said a vendor displaying attractive asparagus and plump strawberries. I sat at a picnic table set with a tablecloth and fresh flowers and enjoyed an enormous cinnamon bun and coffee. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday, I thought, surrounded by friendly, smiling people, delicious food, fresh produce and clever, handmade crafts. Alison Colwell, an organizer and long-term vendor, explained, “We strive to make the market an event so people come and spend time here. We have a regular program of music and even had a choir sing last year.
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SINCE THE ISLAND ABOUNDS WITH FUNKY ARTISTS AND ORGANIC FARMERS, AN INCREDIBLE VARIETY OF GOODS WAS ON DISPLAY, MANY OF WHICH WERE HIGHLY ARTISTIC AND INGENIOUS IN CONCEPT. We’ve also installed these picnic tables so people can sit, eat and stay a while.” Suddenly a conga line snaked past us, led by a bachelorette party having some fun. What a great market! The fine print: • 10 am to 2 pm Saturdays from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving. • Held at the Lions Field, 992 Burrill Road. • Leashed dogs welcome. •
Although Saturna has a very small population (about 350), it still holds a regular Saturday market. The booths outside the General Store offered something for everyone: preserves, organic local produce, books, gifts, crafts, artwork, wondrous creations and more. And here too, people were smiling and enjoying the day.
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The fine print: • 10 am to 1 pm Saturdays from after Canada Day to the end of August. • Held in the parking lot at Saturna General Store, 101 Narvaez Bay.
The following Saturday — now at the Pender Island market — I arranged my booth with my wares. Around me about 50 other vendors were similarly busy setting up. Lineups formed at the most popular booths, where farm-fresh produce and baked goods quickly sold out. People flocked in. A white bichon licked my hand while its owner chatted amiably. Two girls played violins with an open case in front. The sun sparkled in an azure sky. The Pender Island Farmers’ Market began in 1978 to help Farmers’ Institute members with the marketing of farm products, and was originally held at the Driftwood Centre. It moved to the Community Hall around 1998. Barbara Johnstone Grimmer, the volunteer market manager at that time, said, “From the beginning it was about ‘made, baked, grown’ on Pender Island. The hall site allowed the market to expand.” There is much behind-the-scenes work for a successful farmers market, I learned. To store the tables, tents and fall fair equipment, a barn was built behind the hall. A paid coordinator takes bookings, selects vendor locations and organizes the putting up and taking down of tents and tables. And there is signage and advertising to deal with as well. I strolled to Ewa’s European Cakes and selected a meringue smothered in cream and fresh, seasonal berries. Yum! Another great Saturday on the Gulf Islands. The fine print: • 9:30 am to 1 pm Saturdays from Easter to Thanksgiving. • Held at the Community Hall, 4418 Bedwell Harbour Road. • Leashed dogs welcome. • Also Saturdays the rest of the year, smaller, inside the Community Hall.
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