For locals and visitors alike, the different Markets of Grand Forks offer a vibrant sense of community.
The mainstay being the Grand Forks Farmers Market. Taking place every Tuesday and Friday, you will find farm fresh food that was picked that morning, handmade crafts, coffee, beauty products, spirits, the occasional food truck, and even live music. The market also includes some regional vendors from throughout the Kootenays. Taking place at Gyro Park, right along HWY 3, downtown Grand Forks, this market is hard to miss. Spring right through Fall, you will find it running twice a week, from 8am until 1pm.
The summer of 2020 now also features Market on Market. Every second Saturday our local artisans are setting up right on the road downtown, creating a large open pedestrian friendly market place. Artisans mixed in among our brick and mortar store fronts with some fresh popped kettle corn and mini donuts. A wonderful combination of the best Grand Forks has to offer. This market will be running July and August of 2020.
Last but not least – Market Ave. Essentially, this is downtown Grand Forks’ “Main Street”. It’s vibrant tree lined design and pedestrian friendly walkway make it a great place to relax and grab a coffee. The cafe’s and eatery’s are entirely one of a kind. From the Boardroom Cafe (where you can play hundreds of different boardgames while you eat) to the Borscht Bowl (who offers the most authentic Russian cuisine you will find in Canada) there is truly something for everyone. Market Ave is also home to some awesome retail shopping including: bike and sport, gifts, wellness, health foods, ice cream, cannabis, clothing, comics, electronics and much more.
While the options are endless, a day on Market Ave might just look like this… A breakfast “Sandy” with local produce from the Wooden Spoon. Followed by shopping for some new swimwear at Work n’ Play. Then some time running through the spray park with family to cool off, or perhaps a quick float down the river. After that, over to Jogas for some of the best coffee around, with a smoked salmon bagel and some homemade borscht for lunch. Wrapping up just in time for an afternoon movie at the GEM (arguably one of the most unique independent movie theatres in BC). All capped off with dinner and drink at Clydes Pub (family friendly).
Amidst the revitalization of downtown Grand Forks – all things “Market” are thriving, and are of the truest small town summer experiences.