As the summer warmth and crops arrive, British Columbians can take a trip to a farmers' market to find local produce and artisan goods, while they enjoy 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 out to community events to showcase the wonderful and delicious array of locally grown and produced goods made right 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 over 55,000 hardworking 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., leading to continual success for farmers, ranchers and food processors.
Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick –
“Buying local has never been easier or better tasting. From greenhouse vegetables grown in Surrey, to buffalo milk cheese made on Vancouver Island, the opportunity to buy local is available all year round. I encourage British Columbians to visit their local farmers’ markets today and taste the fresh flavours B.C. has to offer.”
Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg –
“Community events like the White Rock Farmers’ Market are a great opportunity to come together and celebrate the dedicated and passionate farmers and producers in B.C. Their hard-work keeps food on our tables and dollars in our economy.”
BC Association of Farmers’ Markets president Wylie Bystedt –
“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.”
To find a local farmers’ market near you, visit: http://markets.bcfarmersmarket.org/
Find out what’s in season, all year round: http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/fresh-market/whatsinseason
For more information about the Buy Local Program, visit: http://iafbc.ca/funding-opportunities/buy-local/