Feature Story                                       Thursday, August 27, 2015


Growing Concern

Chilliwack Farmer's Market bigger and better in it's second harvest season
Staff/Voice photos


Shoppers have a great selection with this year's bountiful harvest which came early with the weather.


ity folk travel to Chilliwack regularly in search of illusive pockets of green health. The Chilliwack Farmer's Market, situated at the confluence of Yale Rd. and Young Rd., is one of those places.


This is year two for the current market, and predictably, itís growing.


Lisa Peach, Market Manager, says business is better this year than last. Plus, with the heat this summer, the crops have all come in early, so buyers haven't had to wait until the end of August and September to access the best produce.


"There's lots of people coming through this year," Peach told The Voice.


"We also have a fun game going called 'Scavenger Hunt'", she explained. "You go to each vendor, collect a letter and make a three-word phrase, and then you get to collect a nice hamper at the end of the day."


The produce is all grown with loving care and without pesticides. Peach and her husband grow green beans, zucchini, potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and even little crimson red Thai peppers that she dices up with zucchini for pasta sauces. Another of her favourite recipes for zucchini is she hollows them out and stuffs them with rice, meat and cheese. Then it gets baked in the oven.


Lisa Peach, Market Manager, says 2015 has been an awesome season for growers and buyers.


"We have a couple of new vendors. What we want to do is encourage more downtown growth." she said.


Talented local singer-guitarist Dorothy Scudamore was the featured entertainer.


Scudamore started singing in the 70s when she was 17-years-old with an all-girl band back in the golden era of coffee houses. Her claim to fame was when she opened for a popular band.


The week's featured artist, Dorothy Scudamore, took shoppers back with favorites from the last few decades.


"I opened for this band at a coffee house in North Vancouver called Mother Tuckers Yellow Duck. They changed their name later on to Chilliwack," she said.


Originally from North Vancouver, she used to hang out with her guitar at Ambleside Beach. One day a guy came up and played some songs with her guitar and it turned out to be Brian Adams.


"Music is like food. Sometimes you feel like Chinese food, sometimes you feel like Italian. Good music is good music," she said.


Not all the vendors were selling produce at the market. Photographer Lena Jakobsen had some wonderful prints for sale. She can be reached here for special portrait and sports shoots.


The Chilliwack Farmers Market runs rain or shine every Saturday from 9 AM. to 2 P.M. until October 10. For more information visit www.chilliwackfarmersmarket.com.


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