A visit to the Market

As of Easter weekend, the Salt Spring Saturday Market has officially begun. Vendors have dusted off their display just in time to present their new works from a busy winter of production. It’s always great to drop by and see, first hand, what people have been doing to keep themselves busy during the darker months.

New vendors pop up each year, old ones retire and others keep going year after year with new and exciting pieces to display. The farmers are happy to bring down the first produce of the season and it gives all of the locals a chance to get back to picking out their produce and having a nice chat with the people who grow it…a great way to spend a Saturday morning!

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Herring Spawning

A few years ago, Herring decided to visit Salt Spring to spawn in the inner harbour of Ganges. There was quite a show to be enjoyed as the water bubbled & frothed with the spawning of thousands and thousands of fish.

Booth Bay, Vesuvius Bay and Fernwood Dock were on the Herrings’ itinerary this year so I wandered down to Booth Bay to see what I could see…Herring Roe were covering virtually every rock that had seaweed or kelp attached to it: millions & millions of eggs that will, if all goes well, hatch in two or three weeks from now which will attract all sorts of birds to feed. Can’t wait until the eggs are hatched!

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Migrants in Booth Bay

An unusual number of ducks showed up in the waters of Booth Bay this year: Mergansers, Common Golden-eyes, Buffleheads, Mallards, an American Widgeon and even a Loon! It was exciting to watch then paddle about in the canal, Booth Inlet and the bay itself as they wandered far and wide in search of food.

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