We fell in love with the Arrow Lakes very much by chance. We were on a mission of sorts, scouting the backroads looking for a place with a little more elbow room than our home on Vancouver Island. We had loaded ourselves and our puppy Whinny in our Sprinter Van and set off from Cowichan Bay. With a list of properties for sale in hand, we decided to take a new road for us, highway 6, east out of Vernon. It was getting late when we found a forest service road and place to stop for the night. The next morning, we headed along the highway, with the Central Kootenays as our destination. Now being lovers of coffee, one will just not do. So by the time we crossed Arrow Lake on the Needles Ferry, it was time for another. We finally found that coffee in Burton (sadly that stand is now closed). Coffee in hand, we made out way to the lake. Standing on the beach, looking north to Revelstoke and south west at the Valhallas, we knew this area was special. We didn't find our new home on that trip, or the next one. But finally, everything seemed to line up and we were able to purchase 4250 bc hwy 6. We never forgot that search for coffee on our first trip into the region - it was the reason we knew we needed to open Fraser's Market. The first version of our market is in the picture above. It started out small and quickly grew (just like all of the plants we grow) Yes, we have coffee..... delicious, locally roasted, made when you order fresh.
We are simple folks, with a simple mandate - we only offer to others, produce, products and offerings that we can stand behind 100%. If we don't grow it or produce it, we source it locally. We purchase direct from farms and producers, no bulk buying from warehouse produce companies for us. All that we sell is vetted by us. If it doesn't meet our high standards, we will not offer if for sale. We encourage local gardeners and producers to contribute to our offerings.
We believe that one of the biggest issues we will face in the coming years is food security. Fires, floods, storms and other disruptions to the supply chain leave communities like ours vulnerable. We are keen stewards of the land who believe the work we do today will contribute to the revitalization of the Arrow Lakes growing region. It is for this reason that we started our market in May of 2021. Our goal is not only to bring good food, produce and products to our community, but also to establish a central location where neighbours and others passing through can stop, shop and also play a part in the preservation of this rural community.
East Arrow Park can be found on the east side of Arrow Lake. Our farm looks across the lake to the original settlement of Arrow Park. Once a vibrant and prosperous growing region producing some of the finest apples and fruits found in Canada. In 1965 BC hydro flooded the region to fulfill the agreement of the Columbia Basin Treaty. Lost were those farms and agricultural areas that were once so vibrant. We are blessed to own a small parcel of excellent land, where today we grow experimental crops, farm grown produce and perennial plant material and offer them to those who drop into our wee market.