Maple Roch From The Inside: Emily's Corner 3

Hello once again!

These past few weeks I have been working at the several different markets around the lake. Wednesdays I do the Naramata market, Thursdays I do the Penticton evening market and Sundays I'm in Summerland doing the Sunday market. I love doing the markets. As an Anthropology student, it is a great opportunity to observe different people, the kinship relationships and how people from different walks of life come together and enjoy things from their own towns and cities. You also get to meet all sorts of people; I've had people walk by my stall and sneer at the Maple, I've had little kids beg their parents for some apple chips or the maple Rockies, dogs come running up to eat the fallen granola while dragging their poor owner behind them. I've even had people who know minimal English ask me about the maple and how it is made. It is always fun to tell them about eastern Canada and about the different techniques maple farmers use to harvest the sap and turn it into maple syrup. I have also had an odd amount of people who come to my booth and asking if I had any honey. Unfortunately, we do not sell Maple Honey but if Okanagan Wildbrush Honey is looking for a new line of honey, I'm sure we could work something out... 

Local farmers markets are a great way to eat locally, help out local businesses and get involved in your community. Sure, some markets are at inconvenient times such as 9 to 12 on a Sunday but if you get up early, then you have the whole day to enjoy instead of sleeping in and only having the afternoon. Then again sleeping in doesn't sound so bad...

If you are ever in Naramata, Penticton or in Summerland, come to our booth and say hi! We'd be happy to see you.