Farmers markets provide diversity

The B.C. agrifoods sector provides jobs to more than 55,000 people.

As the summer warmth and crops arrive, British Columbians can take a trip to a farmers market to find local produce and artisan goods.

Summer fruits and vegetables have arrived at most markets, including those in Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby and Lumby.

“Buying local has never been easier or better tasting,” said Norm Letnick,. agriculture minister and Lake Country MLA.

“From greenhouse vegetables grown in Surrey, to buffalo milk cheese made on Vancouver Island, the opportunity to buy local is available all year round. I encourage British Columbians to visit their local farmers’ markets today and taste the fresh flavours B.C. has to offer.”

The B.C. agrifoods sector provides jobs to more than 55,000 people.

“Locally grown produce is at its best when it’s in season and coming directly from the farmer to you,” said Wylie Bystedt, B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets president.

“B.C.’s farmers’ markets provide communities with access to nutritious, fresh produce, they help family farms thrive, and serve as small business incubators that grow local economies and support a strong local food system. You can support family farms and local food security all year round by buying and eating locally at over 135 farmers’ markets throughout B.C.”