July 23, 2018

Garden Fresh Eating

It’s easy to overindulge while dining and drinking in the summer sun but you can upgrade your nutritional intake with help from Columbia Valley farmers and ranchers. Tucked among the world-class resorts and small communities of the Columbia Valley are agricultural producers bringing garden fresh offerings to summer markets across the region.

Your body and your spirit will perk up when you bite into peas harvested hours earlier or bury your nose in pastel-coloured gladiolas at Market and Music on Main in the Village of Radium Hot Springs. With a focus on homemade, homegrown and handmade each Friday from 4 to 9pm vendors offer food, flowers and crafts before musicians add toe-tapping rhythms to the festival atmosphere.

Saturdays from 9am to 1pm the largest of valley markets sprawls across several streets at Invermere Farmers and Artists Market. Fresh baking begs to be sampled as you stroll among vendors selling produce, local meats, honey, and cheese. Artisans offer jewelry and other creations inspired by valley water and mountain views.

Travel further down the valley Sundays 10am to 2pm for Fairmont Farmers & Artisans Market. Gather ingredients for a leafy green salad or potatoes to accompany your evening meal. If the idea of assembling local ingredients leaves you drained let someone else do the cooking and head to Cafe Allium. Co-owners Megan Ballard and Chef Martin Collis serve up seasonal tastes leaving you free to gaze over Lake Windermere and the jagged peaks of the Purcells.

Regardless of whether you nourish yourself at valley markets or local restaurants featuring regional fare, you’ll finish the summer feeling lighter and recharged.

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