British Columbians, hungry for farm fresh produce can celebrate their local farmers at the second annual BC Farmers Appreciation Week (FAW) at the Golden Farmers’ Market on August 3 from 2-7 p.m located at the CP parking lot.
BC has the most diverse agricultural industry within Canada. “This is a call to action for British Columbians, ” says Elizabeth Quinn, Manager of the BCAFM. “We’re asking people to come out to their local farmers’ market, enjoy the festivities, the fresh grown and prepared foods and thank BC farmers for bringing us healthy, quality, fresh food. ”
“This is a B.C. wide annual celebration of farmers and their hard work. We want to thank them publicly for the fresh, healthy food they provide. Although the Golden Farmers’ Market has a small number of farmers per se, we are fortunate to have the calibre and diversity that we do,” said Lee Bedford who is one of the managers of the Golden Farmer’s Market.
On August 3 the Golden Farmers’ Market will be presenting a cake in honour of local farmers and singer/songwriter John Jenkins will be performing a musical tribute for our farmers. The cake cutting and song will happen around 4 p.m. and everyone is invited.
In BC farmers make up only 1.6% of our population, yet this small percentage produces an estimated 48% of all foods consumed in BC. “Whether or not we are aware of it, British Columbians depend on BC farmers and BC farmland,” said Quinn.
Bedford spoke highly of the local farmers who come to the local market.
“Patty’s Greenhouse in Brisco has grown exponentially in recent years in order to provide locals with an incredible variety of fresh produce. New for Patty this year are two greenhouses dedicated to hydroponics where she grows basil, long English cukes, mini-cukes and five types of heirloom tomatoes. All this not to mention the bounty from her 4 acre garden. Rocky Mountain Honey Farm provides honey from bees that collect nectar from wildflowers found in the valley bottom and the mountain hillsides – where there is no spraying of chemicals. Caleb View Farm in Castledale grows berries that are available fresh in season or in an assortment of jams and jellies throughout the year. They grow several types of wheat which are then available as whole-grain or ground for the do-it-yourselfer’s. They have their trademark fresh baked Pearl’s artisan bread at every market. New this year will be home-made noodles made from their own Durham wheat and multi-grain bread. Ebe’s Garden in Parson is another of our produce growers. Ingrid and Ebe have over 18 years gardening experience in Parson. They have enhanced their soil using only local organic matter and entirely pesticide-free with the use of any chemical fertilizers.”
Bedford also had a message for people who will be in the area on the day of the event.
“We’re asking people to come out to the Golden Farmers’ Market on Wednesday August 3. Enjoy the market atmosphere, the fresh local grown and prepared foods, and a cake to thank our local farmers for bringing us healthy, quality, fresh food.”
The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is a not-for-profit association, representing 94 farmers markets including 1000 farmers. The Association is committed to developing and strengthening the capacity of BC farmers’ markets in communities throughout BC. One key priority is to encourage the public to choose healthy BC grown agricultural products in order to maintain a secure BC food system, reduce our carbon footprint and ensure that we can keep BC farm-fresh food on BC plates for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.