Surrey's InSeason Farmers' Market, which ran until Aug. 8 at Art's Nursery in the Port Kells area, is starting up at a new location for late summer and early fall - the Honeybee Centre in the Clayton Heights area.
Anita LaRoche, one of the market managers, said she hopes the new location will draw more people, as the previous location didn't do as well as she had hoped.
"The Art's Nursery location started to lose vendors because sales were quite low. It seemed to be quiet and out-of-place," she said. "Honeybee Centre (176th Street and Fraser Highway) is a much more visible corner.... It's bound to bring more people and draw more attention. " Besides the location of the market, the dates and times are changing, too. The new market will take place Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning this Saturday.
LaRoche wants to see the market run into the beginning of October.
In North Delta, Anne Janzen started up the Firehall Farmers' Market which runs every other Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Firehall Centre for the Arts. Janzen told the Now she would love to see the community support it year-round, and that wish is finally coming true.
A winter market will open its doors at Sunbury Hall in North Delta in late September through to December for a "harvest festival" and "Christmas festival," and again from March to May for a "spring festival." This will be the only winter market in the area, said Janzen, who tried to start a winter market in Surrey last year, but failed.
"This is what actually propelled me to do any market at all, was to try and get a winter market started in Surrey last year. I had the public asking for it, the vendors asking for it and ... I couldn't believe I couldn't get one started," she said.
But Janzen had better luck in North Delta, and even though the summer market at the Firehall still has dates left, she said she already can't wait to get the winter market going.
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