Saltspring Island has a big artist community and galleries are all around the island.
If you like arty farty lifestyle then this is mekka for you.
It's just a matter of shopping around untill you find what you are looking for.
What to buy: Art.
The local fish store in Ganges is worth visiting.
It's run by very responsible people worth supporting and they have very nice fish there.
It dosen't hurt that it's located in a nice building too.
What to buy: fish.
What to pay: What they ask.
Moonstruck Organic Cheese is a small cheese farm owned and operated by two locals who take great pride in the cheese they make. Unlike the more famous cheese farms on Salt Spring that use goat's milk, Moonstruck only uses the organic milk of purebread free range Jersey cows. And it's great! When you drive up to the farm, you can go right up to the cows and say hello. They also have chickens roaming around freely. Their tasting room is small and simple, but one of the owners will go through a short sampling with all the 9-10 cheeses that they offer. You are given a piece of paper to write down which ones you like best. Then, if you wish to purchase the cheese, you can do so right there.
What to buy: They had this wonderful blue cheese that they soaked in a blackberry port for 24 hours. I forget what they called it, but it was only a limited seasonal cheese that you could only purchase on their farm - you couldn't get it in stores. It was a very soft textured but strong flavoured blue cheese, and it was definitely our favourite. Looking on their website, it looks like it was their Baby Blue cheese, except soaked in blackberry port.
What to pay: Expect to pay about $10 per cheese. I seem to recall that if you purchase 5 cheeses, you get a fair discount. So that's exactly what we did!
This is the best place to see on the island if you love cheese like I do! Specialising in goat's cheese, this farm raises it's own goats and makes all products on site. Visit the animals, watch the cheese-makers, or go into the shop and EAT! All products are available to try, and if it's not busy (when I went we were the only one's there!), you can eat all you want! VEry friendly and welcoming staff.
What to buy: feta cheese in various flavours, soft goat cheese (l love the tomato, garlic, truffle, chili flavours!), hard-cheeses infused with things like port wine.....
What to pay: $5-$20+ for a block or pot of cheese....it's worth it....
This map can be your best friend when planning your tour of the island. It lists 42 Island artisans from all walks of life! It will also be invaluable if you want to visit lakes and parks since it labels all of those too!
What to buy: Pick up the map on the ferry or at the tourist info centre, or get it online before you go.
A great place to find lamb meat, sheepskin rugs, wool blankets, slippers, pottery and other things. Make sure to wander the farm, and say hello to the sheep!
What to buy: The wool blanket we bought was a steal ($125 vs $250+ at home), and it is SO WARM!! Our cat loves to sleep on it too!
What to pay: The slippers will run you about $95, but from what I hear that's an excellent price. Blankets start at $150.
Lorraine's kitchen is fantatic. She sets up a satll at the saturday Market In The Park and it is one stall not to be missed!
Lorranine produces homemade jams, pickles, chutney and jellies that are to die for!
At the market you can buy one of her 'Dough Boys' and sample her wares before buying.
What to buy: As much as you can carry! We wished we had bought more. Great gifts, though they will be hard to part with.
What to pay: All very reasonable (from memory)