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Farmers’ Market Update: Sowing the Seeds of Entrepreneurship

With nine farmers’ markets in our area and about 200 local food producers, you could say here in the Township of Langley we’re fortunate when it comes to fresh food options.

farmers marketAt the Langley Community Farmers’ Market, held inside Kwantlen Polytechnic University's courtyard and now in its 10th year, the future definitely looks bright thanks to a new batch of vendors at the table. For the first time ever, young entrepreneurs had the opportunity to sell their product at no cost to them under the Young Entrepreneur Program, made possible thanks to a grant from the Township. Any child between the ages of 7 and 18 and from the Langley School District who makes, bakes, or grows a local product were eligible to take part.

Also new this year was the Food Recovery Program, which gives market vendors an option to donate any unsold food to local charities. A donation table was set up at the market and vendors donated fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, and pastries.

“This market initiative collected over half a tonne of fresh, healthy food this year and even $50 in cash donations from the general public,” said Market Manager Cherise McGee.

Buying local supports farming and helps to strengthen our food system. Visit your local farmers’ market today to savour the local harvest.