Spring is just around the corner, and with sunny days in the forecast, the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market is in bloom! Farmer’s Markets are not only a fun activity for all ages, they are also a hub for local artisans to showcase their goods, and a forum for consumers to interact with vendors of fresh, local fare. They’re really a win-win for all parties involved, and this week we want to highlight the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market, which is held bi-weekly on Saturday’s through April, whereafter it becomes a weekly event.
Established in 2003, the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market was created in the spirit of supporting local agriculture, economy, and environment, with the majority of their juried vendors being Abbotsford natives, and those vendors’ agri-businesses accounting for 20% of the city’s jobs. The Market is a major component of Abbotsford’s Agricultural ecosystem; by offering locals a chance to buy fresh food locally, packaging, shipping and processing is reduced, thereby creating a more sustainable environment for food production and distribution. Another aspect contributing to the holistic nature of the market is the fact that they have a resident nutritionist offering advice and guidance to locals.
The Market keeps its patrons intrigued with a constant turnover of its vendors, including a ‘feature vendor’ each week. This Saturday, March 21st from 9am to 1pm, the event will host Gesundheit Bakery Ltd., Magnetite Jewelry by Gina Esch, Ukrainian Club of Abbotsford, and Valley Gold Bee Company.
Gesundheit Ltd. is a local bakery fuelled by a passion for delicious and handmade goods, all made from scratch and without oil, sugar or preservatives. Magnetite Jewelry is a local woman’s passion project that marries therapeutic properties with fashion. Ukrainian Club of Abbotsford is a local culinary escape, with authentic and traditional Ukrainian fare made fresh and just like in the old-country. FInally, Valley Gold Bee company is a local company committed to mindful beekeeping and honey production, with a variety of different nectar sources including blueberry, blackberry, clover, cranberry, raspberry, and wildflower, each producing a distinct and unique honey.
One Abbotsford local and frequent patron of the market gushes:
The little side street was lined with tents and vans, live musicians, tables of handmade crafts and baubles, candles and soaps — and, of course, food. Armfuls of leafy greens and bright orange carrots still caked with earth were being unloaded from a truck, fresh from the Sumas flats. A local apiarist sold jars of amber honey and handmade beeswax candles from their family’s beehive. The bakeries alone were worth the trip: round loaves of bread studded with roasted garlic, elaborately folded pastries, rustic galettes filled with local raspberries…
The Farm & Country Market has one mission: to celebrate agriculture and to connect [the] community in a fun, vibrant, social and educational setting, assuring its patrons that “by shopping at the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market, [they] are supporting the health of [their] loved ones, the environment, and the local economy; and are helping to sustain the availability of local food for future generations.” This perfectly embodies the spirit of farmer’s markets, and is precisely why here at My Garden Footprint, we like to showcase initiatives just like this one. If you’re in the Abbotsford area, or would like a Saturday morning adventure, we suggest you visit the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market for your weekly dosage of local, sustainable and social.
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