Two Rivers News

Halloween and the final farmers's market of the season

NONIE MCCANN

It was a quiet and friendly Halloween in Lytton this year; with the Lytton Fire and Rescue team collaborating with Lytton First Nation for one of the best fireworks shows in years. Families took advantage of the moderate weather to Trick or Treat throughout the village and surrounding communities. The All-Hallows celebration was followed on Nov. 1 by the final Two Rivers Farmers’ Market of the season. Community groups are working to organize events for the upcoming Remembrance Day, and the Holiday season. 

This year, the Two Rivers Market continued to collect rave reviews from locals and visitors alike. Starting the season with a special street dance on May 17, the market president Gordon Murray has had one of the busiest seasons ever. Working with vendors both local and visiting, the market members have found ways to showcase local produce, homemade baked goods, arts, crafts and a variety of amazing products for shoppers every Friday since early July. This year was the second year of the 2Rivers ReMix Music feast in July, when the market vendors participated in that special event. The market vendors were also key to the success of the annual River Festival on Labour Day Weekend. 

 Weekly markets were consistently supported by the Botanie Valley Honey “man”, Virginia’s home baking and chili, Patsy’s garden-fresh produce and cut flowers, Viola and Jack’s best Bannock and Cinnamon buns, Heritage tomatoes, peppers and garlic, and Derrik’s organic fruits and vegetables. This cadre of regular vendors were joined from time to time, throughout the season by others who brought a variety of goods for sale, including farmers from Lytton, Lillooet, Spence’s Bridge, and other communities. The Two Rivers Market was enhanced by musical performances; special free performances by the Melawmen Collective in May, George Leech in August at the Westside market, and Willard Wallace, playing at the market on special Friday events like the final market on Nov. 1. Communities like Lytton with small populations face challenges when it comes to making Market Gardening and home-grown produce sales sustainable for growers. That is why theFarmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) is so valued by the Two Rivers Farmer’s Market. The coupon program “is a healthy eating initiative that supports farmers’ markets and strengthens food security across British Columbia. Community partner organizations provide coupons to lower-income families, pregnant women and seniors participating in their food literacy programs. Coupons can be spent at all BCAFM member farmers’ markets that participate in the FMNCP, and can be used to purchase vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, dairy, cut herbs, meat and fish. Each household enrolled in the program is eligible to receive a minimum of $21/week in coupons. The program runs throughout the summer months when produce is most abundant across the province. In 2019, coupons can be used at any participating BC Farmers’ Market from June 11-Nov. 3.” (https://bcfarmersmarket.org/coupon-program/how-it-works/)  The Nov. 1 final market wrapped up a great season with meats and eggs from Spray Creek Ranch and Two Rivers Ranch, keeper onions, carrots, garlic, apples, squash and potatoes for the winter. Visitors were able to enjoy fresh bannock and baked treats, caught some live music by Willard and FREE CAKE at 2p.m.!  The Lytton community is so lucky to have people like those who work so hard to keep the Two Rivers Farmers Market happening every week throughout the growing season. 

The Annual Remembrance Day Pow-Wow Committee is lining up the final fundraisers for this year’s event on Nov. 8 to Nov. 10 at Kumsheen Secondary School gym. The Lytton Legion is ready for the Remembrance Day Memorial Service on Nov. 11: all welcome to join the Honour Parade at 10:15 in front of the RCMP station, or the service inside the Legion club room starting at 10:30 a.m. Local community representatives will place commemorative wreaths, and a light potluck lunch will follow the service. Updates and information on community events are posted on the community bulletin boards, Facebook pages for the Lytton First Nation community events, and other community organizations.

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