Saturday Farmers’ Market


The Pender Islands Farmers’ Market runs from Easter to Thanksgiving, at the Pender Islands Recreation and Agricultural Hall, on Saturdays from 9:30am-1pm.

Thank you for buying locally! Your support encourages the development of a larger, healthier, community-based food system. Today the average food morsel travels an astounding 2,000 km to reach your plate. This has tremendous consequences, such as reduced freshness, taste and nutrition, high energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and reduced local economic health. Buying locally produced food is a healthy choice.

At the Farmers Institute table you’ll find The Art of Natural Cheese Making by David Asher, who taught his cheese making classes in the community hall kitchen. The nearly 300 page book is well illustrated and includes history, recipes, and methods for creating a variety of cheeses with sources for ingredients and supplies.

 If you are interested in having a stand at the farmers’ market, contact the market coordinator at


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Pender Island Farmer’s Market

Sponsored by the Pender Island Farmers’ Institute, the Pender Island Farmers’ Market sees local farmers, craftspeople and other vendors display Pender Island’s best farm-fresh produce: vegetables, fruits, flowers, goat cheese, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, sushi, plants, art, crafts, jewelry, music and snacks!

Open Saturdays, 9:30am to 1:00pm, Easter through Thanksgiving.

Contact the Pender Island Farmers’ Institute, Market and Fall Fair

Scholarship and Bursary applications due in May

Two opportunities for Pender Island students that are going on to higher education: The Neptune Navy Grimmer – Ashton Ross-Smith Bursary which is awarded by the Pender Island Farmers’ Institute for those residents who are pursuing further study in an agricultural or related field, which may include biology, business, accounting, etc.  Applications may be picked up at Gulf Island Secondary School office or a letter of application with resume, transcript and letter(s) of reference sent to Pender Island Farmers’ Institute, PO Box 38, Pender Island V0N 2M0 by May 31, 2016. It is valued at $500.

In addition, there is the BC Fairs Scholarship, which is due May 16, 2016.  The amount of this scholarship is $2,000.  The application is attached here, and it requires an essay.  2016BCAAFE_Scholarships

2016 Fall Fair – “Celebrating Local Food” with Guest of honour, Ellen Willingham

The Pender Islands Fall Fair is sponsored and coordinated by the Pender Island Farmers’ Institute, volunteers and local donations. Proceeds from the Fair go towards improvements to the Fair, to the Community and Agricultural Hall and grounds, community groups, educational programs, the Neptune Navy Grimmer and Ashton Ross-Smith Bursary, Seedy Saturday, School Planting Day, and to the promotion and encouragement of agriculture on the Pender Islands.    Please contact Barbara Johnstone Grimmer at 250-629-3819 or 3817 or if you are interested in helping out at the fair.  No skills required.

Our guest of honour this year is Ellen Willingham, past-president of the Pender Island Farmers’ Institute, organic farmer, community leader and former fall-fair organizer and volunteer.

For more information on categories and entry requirements, check out the Pender Island Farmers’ Institute website   New special categories “BC Fairs Members’ Choice”: Category #1 -(all ages)  HAND PAINTED GARDEN TROWEL (max length 14″), theme of a BC Dogwood Flower.  Purchase a garden trowel and with any type of paint decorate the metal surface of the trowel with the BC Dogwood flower.
Category #2 – (children 12 years and under) MINI SCARECROW (max height 14″).  Recycle household materials to create a mini scarecrow to stake or hang in your garden.  Wire and/or string can be used to construct your project.
Category #3- (all ages) COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY OF FARMING IN BC.  Create a montage using 4 photos (each 5″ x 7″) that illustrates the diverse range of products grown in BC.  Each photo must be mounted on a 6″ x 8″ black board and connected using either string, wire or ribbon to connect the photos for display.Special category for Fall Fair

School Garden Project

seedy4This is the sixteenth year that the PIFI will be providing seeds and plants to all the students of Pender Island Elementary school to encourage them to garden and to participate in our Fall Fair.

Each student will be given one tomato plant and one seed potato. As well, they can also grow zucchini, pole beans, bush beans and nasturtiums.

It is our hope that they will grow these plants out to maturity and enter them in the Fall Fair in Section L (Young People’s Agriculture) either in the Garden Division or the Education Division or at least give them to their mother for a Mother’s Day Present!

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The Nep Grimmer / Ashton Ross-Smith Scholarship

Do you know a young person who is interested in agriculture and farming? They can apply for the Nep Grimmer / Ashton Ross-Smith Scholarship.
The scholarship is open to Pender Island’s students taking any course of study associated with agriculture.
Please send your application describing how this course of study will enhance your future plans to:
Box 38, Pender Island, BC V0N 2M0