Bridge Lake farmers market back up and running

News from Lac des Roches

Val and Guy Drebet

Val and Guy Drebet

Guy and Val Drebet of Rosely Farm at Lac des Roches have found vegetables at the end of their rainbow.

The fertile soil on the grassy, south-facing slopes overlooking the lake, augmented by organic fertilizer from their sheep, provides plenty of vegetables for these busy growers to sell at local markets.

Val and Guy are just two of many local vendors who will be back at the Bridge Lake Farmers Market behind the elementary school on the first and third Sunday for the next three months.

 

Gymnasts perform

Local members of the Canadian Gymnaestrada Team travelling to Switzerland in July to perform at the World Gymnaestrada, invite family and friends to their final practice June 27, at the Bridge Lake Elementary School.

The nine-member team, which includes three Lac des Roches residents, will perform their short routine in costume around 7 p.m.

While this rehearsal is free, team members are still fundraising and have several non-performance events planned at the Bridge Lake Stampede on July 2, prior to their departure for Europe.

 

Mystery tour

The tour bus on Boultbee Road earlier this month may have looked out of place, but it was not lost.

Lunch at the home of Mare-Ellen and Gordon Patterson was part of the Mystery Tour agenda for its 42 riders.

The concept is quite intriguing. Patrons purchased a ticket for the mystery tour and the proceeds went to charity, as well as cover the cost of the tour bus for the day.

Riders had no idea what adventure or destination awaited them. The group from Kamloops enjoyed wine tasting near Cache Creek, antique hunting at Sheridan Lake and a buffet lunch and history lesson on the pioneer families of Lac des Roches before heading home.

 

Tree topping

Contractors clearing the hydro right-of-way around Lac des Roches are still falling dead trees and trimming limbs.

Residents and wildlife seem to have adjusted to the repetitive sound of chainsaws and the wood chipper.

 

June snow

ATV riders enjoying the outdoors just north of the lake have reported challenging conditions at higher elevations due to foot-deep snow still present on mountain trails.  With forecasted cool temperatures and continuing rain, lake levels will likely stay high well into summer this year.

 

Bees welcome

The Saskatoon berry bushes are in now in spectacular bloom all around the lake.

As was the case last year, they need some winged insects to brave the cold wind and rain to pollinate the beautiful white flowers. Last year’s crop was relatively sparse as we experienced similar cold temperatures during the peak time of the bloom.

Let’s hope for some hardy bees again this year.

 

Finding fungi

Mushroom hunters are delighted with the cool wet spring weather.

Several recent local finds of field and morel mushrooms are an unexpected surprise in June. While extreme caution is recommended for eating mushrooms, there is little harm in going out on hunting expeditions to see what edible delicacies are hiding in our backyards and the surrounding forest.

 

Natural nursery

There is nothing like the sight of a newborn white-tailed fawn to bring out the protective instincts of local residents.

Even our resident fox is now scrutinized for signs of predatory behaviour toward the newborn fawn since the doe was observed chasing the fox through a neighbour’s yard. To the delight of the noon walkers last week, the doe was nursing – not one, but two – little fawns, no larger than big house cats, which have learned to hide in the tall grass that borders Boultbee Road.