Farms & Markets
Working farms have been a key part of Mayne Island's identity since the 1870s.
Unlike neighboring Pender and Saturna islands, where the land is best suited for sheep, Mayne's kinder, gentler valleys have long been known for their cash crops and, in recent years, organic fruit and vegetables.
The Agricultural Hall in Miners Bay was constructed circa 1900 and quickly became the heart and soul of the island's social life. While the plain white Ag Hall has been usurped by the funky new Mayne Island Community Centre on Felix Jack Road, it remains a vital institution with its weekend art shows and Saturday morning summer market.
Islanders line-up early to snag the freshest local fruit, vegetables, and baked goods (the superb cinnamon buns and lemon tarts go fast). Artisans display their wares, musicians perform and everyone heads home happy three hours later. The market runs from late June/early July to Canadian Thanksgiving (second weekend in October).