My sister and I had been planning this day trip for months. We had heard amazing stories of healthy, organic foods, sandals and hemp clothes. The Saturday Summer Market on Salt Spring Island lives up to these claims and is a great day out for shoppers, young families, even dogs. Check out my favorite vendors below along with some added bonuses.
Getting There: You catch the ferry from Crofton, between Chemainus and Duncan on the island highway. It's approximately a 30 minute ferry ride and return tickets for a car and two passengers costs $60.20. You need to take a car as the market is quite a distance from the ferry. Besides, you may need a vehicle to carry back all your purchases!
Heart & Bone provisions: Keto-Paleo Foods, #106 - 149 Fulford Rd. Salt Spring Island, BC
These nice people sell bone broth along with chocolate treats. As a holistic nutritionist, I understand the wonderful benefits of bone broth especially for those with compromised digestion. Bone broth is good for:
Hope Hill Farm
Hope Hill Farm has garden fresh produce, organic eggs and meats (specifically chicken and lamb), All animals are free range and no drugs are used. Here's a great source for organic meat and eggs.
O My Goddess, Herbal Body Care is made with love and care for the earth and you.
She has been in business for something like 40 years! She has a wide range of products on offer. I bought her Organic Mineral Sunscreen SPF 15 which smells wonderful and works really well especially on a sunny day at the market. Her products are:
Peter Prince (Instrumental, Acoustic, Folk, Roots, World)
I was walking by Peter's stall and heard the most beautiful acoustic guitar song. He said that it was called Lekha's Dance which he had written for his daughter. I just had to have the CD that this song was on. The CD is entitled Light Dance. It costs $20 (you can get 2 for $30). I now play his CD in my car. It is relaxing and original. Having relaxing, stress-reducing music in your car is important to keep your cortisol levels in a normal range. I like to recommend stress-reducing music to my clients as it is an easy way to solve the problems of getting unnecessarily wound up before work and helps you wind down after work rather than listening to the news on the radio.
KINDRED COAST DESIGNS - hand made and eco-conscious style from our coast to yours
Here's my third purchase....this awesome 'vege-themed' bag. This bag is only $10.00. It's sturdy cotton and holds more than you'd think. So, when you come to the market, don't worry about bringing a bag. Drop by her stall and pick one up or one of her groovy T shirts.
Need a break from the bustling market? Join in on some Tai Chi in the park. There are also lots of benches in the shade and some picnic tables so you can relax and enjoy your snacks and meals in a peaceful setting.
I am a registered holistic nutritionist, open-minded vegan and cooking enthusiast.