For Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents who are planning a staycation this B.C. Day long weekend, the Haney Farmers Market is a welcome destination for anyone looking for fresh local fruit and vegetables.
The market runs at Memorial Peace Park in downtown Maple Ridge from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. In addition to produce for sale, vendors are also hawking ready-made food and crafts.
The market also features a new bike lockup in the shape of a rooster.
This Saturday is member appreciation day at the market, and participating vendors will have specials. Anyone who is not a member, can visit the information booth and receive $10 worth of coupons.
Next week, on Aug. 11, the market will be at The Farm at 20981 123rd Ave. for an old-fashioned country market. There will be wagon rides down to the barn to see farming in action, a hay maze, live animals and their young owners of the Golden Ears Community 4-H Club. Vendors will be there from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to a recent study, the Haney Farmers Market is a significant economic player in the local economy, injecting nearly $1.6 million annually into the local economy.
Additional revenue of $1.1 million went into the community as spillover as customers were spending money at local businesses on the day of the market.
About 53,000 people visit the farmers market annually. For more information, visit www.haneyfarmersmarket.org.