Monday, June 23, 2014
Greenheart is Back
at Five Corners could soon be offering liquor as part of their bevy of
locally produced items
Forstbauer farm began their organic vegetables under cold frames to get an
early start on the growing season. Below, Lisa Peach sorts produce.
was a great combination — the first day of summer and the first day
of the Chilliwack Farmers Market.
When word got out a couple of weeks ago that the Farmers Market was
moving to Five Corners from Minter's Country Store, it generated
quite a buzz in the community. No longer was it going to be way down
Young Road but downtown within walking distance.
loves the new location. Vendors are happy. Buyers are happy too
because at the new location, they can relax on park benches or
spread out on the grass, picnic and listen to live music.
"In a couple of weeks, we're going to have Woody James playing
here," said Jim Peach, who manages the market with his wife Lisa.
He acknowledges that it's
going to take time for the market to become established at the new
Despite some last minute vendor cancellations, the first day was a
festive occasion and drew a good crowd.
"We're expecting a lot more folks over the next few weekends to join
us," said Lisa Peach. "There will be music every Saturday starting
about 9:30 a.m. All the musicians are local. So it should be loads
of fun with a large variety of things going on."
Peach says buyers can expect a variety of locally grown fruits and
vegetables, homemade breads, pies and juices.
Forstbauer Farms brought out their finest produce, including
carrots, radishes and cucumbers.
"We're really, really excited to be here and we hope everyone comes
out and checks out what we've got going on," said Lindsay Forstbauer.
Husband and wife musicians Chantele Delaine and Dan McGuire moved to
Chilliwack 4 months ago from Abbotsford.
Dan McGuire and Chantele Delaine entertained shoppers at the market
on Saturday. Below, Lindsay Forstbauer will be selling a range of
organic vegetables this summer.
She's a talented songwriter
and does the singing while her husband plays the keyboards on
original and cover tunes.
Delaine says with the kids grown and gone, they have more time for
we want to actively seek our passion which is community and music,"
The talented duo recently got their buskers permit, so watch for
them playing around Chilliwack over the summer and fall.
It helps that Rob Carnegie, Director of Corporate Services for the
City of Chilliwack, plays guitar.
"I'm really happy that the City waived the $40 fee," she said. "It's
actually Rob Carnegie who's spearheaded the busker program and is
very supportive of people using a little bit of amplification when
Abbotsford doesn't have buskers, so Delaine and her husband were
really happy that Chilliwack is allowing street performers.
City of Chilliwack councillor Chuck Stam was happy shopping local
and supporting local farmers. Peak Essentials ladies were
selling home baked goodies such as Cavemen cookies, backpack bites
and peak protein bars.
"There's a bit of alienation in Abbotsford when it comes to that.
They have different priorities and a different level of support for
buskers and street entertainers."
"I'm not against city laws, but I think that the City was scared of
buskers and street entertainers and how it may be enabling
panhandling and homelessness and that the two might intertwine too
much on the street and they wanted to keep their image clean.
They're a little bit anti-homeless in Abbotsford," said Delaine.
Saturday, the BC government announced that starting next week, beer,
wine, cider and spirits can be sampled and sold at Farmers Markets.
“The liquor policy changes that take effect today reflect the
lifestyles of contemporary British Columbians,” said Attorney
General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. “Being able to pick
up a bottle of local wine at your local farmers’ market is one of
many balanced changes that support convenience and choice for
consumers and economic growth for B.C.”
The government wants a community-centred approach where liquor
manufacturers can apply directly to the farmers’ markets where they
want to sell their products and it will be up to the market
association to determine which vintners, distillers and brewers are
accepted, subject to municipal bylaws. To help ensure responsible
service and prevent sales to minors, liquor vendors need to have
Serving it Right certification.
liquor policy changes that take effect today reflect the lifestyles
of contemporary British Columbians,” said Attorney General and
Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. “Being able to pick up a bottle
of local wine at your local farmers’ market is one of many balanced
changes that support convenience and choice for consumers and
economic growth for B.C.”
Another amendment to the laws will allow liquor-primary
establishments to apply to accommodate minors so families can eat
Also, private liquor stores and wine stores now have the opportunity
to set up temporary stores at liquor and food and beverage festivals
to sell products that are featured at the festival.
Read more about the liquor law changes in a 60-page pdf file
The Chilliwack Farmers Market runs rain or shine every Saturday from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until October 11. For more information visit
www.chilliwackfarmersmarket.com. Connect with Forstbauer Farm on
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