The end of the growing season brought a Halloween tradition to life in Nanaimo on Sunday.
Every year, the Cedar Farmer’s Market wraps up its season with a trick or treat event for children, which includes vendors who all dress up in the spirit of the season.
This Sunday’s market saw more than 100 costumed makers, bakers and farmers handing out candy along with their usual goodies.
Some 2,300 shoppers visited the market each week this year, and an economic study revealed the humble market injects a remarkable $3.7 million into the local economy annually.
Katrina Darwin, manager of the Cedar Farmer’s Market, said this year’s produce was particularly varied.
“Because the growing season kind of started a little bit late, and then we just had so many different crops that blossomed all of a sudden and then stayed for a really long period of time,” she said.
“Like even two weeks ago we had somebody with strawberries. We had berries for like a month and a half, and we’ve just had a really great range of crops that have been available this season,” said Darwin.
The market will return again next spring on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2024.
Photos of the Halloween event on Oct. 29, 2023, can be found below: