As the summer crops arrive, British Columbians can take a trip to a farmers' market to find local produce and artisan goods, while enjoying the atmosphere and experiences of a neighbourhood gathering.
Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick visited the White Rock Farmers’ market with local resident, Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg, to get a taste of the fresh local flavours that were available for the day and meet with some of B.C.’s farmers and producers.
Farmers’ markets are bringing residents and visitors to community events to showcase the array of locally grown and produced goods made in British Columbia.
Summer fruits and vegetables have arrived at most markets and community events are connecting producers and consumers together for the opportunity to learn more about where food comes from and how it’s produced.
Besides being fresh and nutritious, buying locally benefits the economy, creates jobs for British Columbians and helps ensure hard earned dollars stay in the community, supporting those farmers who are dedicated to the agrifoods industry. The B.C. agrifoods sector continues to thrive, providing jobs for more than 55,000 individuals in the province.
The provincial government is helping local companies expand their presence through funding, giving them the opportunity to launch or expand their own buy local marketing campaigns. Since 2012, $8 million has been distributed to local businesses throughout B.C.
“Locally grown produce is at its best when it’s in season and coming directly from the farmer to you. British Columbia’s farmers’ markets provide communities with access to nutritious, fresh produce, they help family farms thrive, and serve as small business incubators that grow local economies and support a strong local food system. You can support family farms and local food security all year round by buying and eating locally at over 135 farmers’ markets throughout British Columbia,” said Wylie Bystedt, BC Association of Farmers’ Markets president