Big wheel keep on turnin’! [Turnin’!] Proud Mary keep on burnin’! [Burnin’!] Rollin’! Rollin’! Rollin’ on a river!
Yes, this week we’re celebrating the wheeled things in our lives with a special market dedicated to the pedal powered, rollin’, spinnin’ wheels in our lives. Farmers and food producers see a lot of wheels as critical to their jobs: tractors, mills, spinning wheels… wheels are a natural part of food production. We thought we’d also celebrate other wheeled goodies – wagons, bikes, strollers, wheelchairs, scooters, and tricycles. Don’t miss the Kids’ (of all ages) Wheeled Parade at 6PM. Meet at the entrance to the walkway on Third Street, by the tennis club with your decorated and festooned wheeled transport. An RCFM representative will be there to line you up and get you going! Participants will parade along the walkway, into the market, and up to the northern grassy area, and receive fresh kettlecorn and fresh apple juice at the end of the parade.
As well, we’ll be hosting a few organizations and groups dedicated to bikes and other wheeled things. The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, an amazing two day bike ride through the Pacific Northwest, will be on hand to provide info about the 2012 Ride. The Tour de Coast team from Cops for Cancer, with representation from New Westminster police officers, will be there spinning, spinning, spinning, hoping to make their donation goal before they head out on the big ride to support pediatric cancers. We’re also excited that New West Cycle, long a supporter of the farmers market, will be there to offer guidance on how to do some basic bike maintenance on your steed, and Fraser River Bike Tours will be on hand to provide info about what sort of tours they offer. As well, the New Westminster chapter of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition will be available with info on bike routes and how to make cycling a larger part of your life.
Our musical guest this week is popular favourite Ron Ulrich. Our music at the market is sponsored by the great people at the Heritage Grill. Be sure to check out the kids area with crafts sponsored by local realtor Derrick Thornhill, and stop by to see our facepainter Allyson to get your arm or face painted. Stop by to see what the folks from the Royal City Gogos are working on. And don’t forget about the cookbook swap! It was so popular when we introduced it a few weeks ago, we’ve decided to include this as a regular fixture at all non rainy markets for the rest of the season. Look for it up at the info table and feel free to bring your unwanted cookbooks to swap for cookbooks from our stash. It’s a book for a book of approximate equal value, or you can buy a book for a minimum $2 donation.
You can reach the market via transit by taking the 106 bus or the Skytrain to Columbia Street Station and walking to the market at 4th and Royal. Parking is available in the neighbourhood for free along Royal Avenue, Queens Avenue, or at City Hall’s lot after 4:30. Please respect our neighbours. Cyclists can drop bikes off to the fine folks at our info desk at the top end of the market for safekeeping. Don’t forget to check out our cool new merchandise – we are now selling reusable produce bags made locally by the people at Carebags.
A list of all vendors attending the September 15th market is below, but remember to check back for cancellations and updates! This list is current as of September 13th.
Eat On Site
- Eli’s Serious Sausage – handmade pork sausages grilled to perfection
- Gogo Java – Coffee, tea, smoothies, juice, and other liquids
- Mollie’s Minis – delightful and yummy mini donuts and other treats
- Ovenmonkey Bakery – selling fresh Langos – Hungarian fried flatbread
- Rizalina’s Juice – fresh made juice to order
- Samosa Guy – hot vegetarian samosas and pakoras, as well as frozen take home samosas
- Apple Barn Pumpkin Farm – Peppers, tomatoes, apples & pumpkins
- Celyddon Farms – Certified organic produce from Delta
- Felix Farms – Guichon Farms – assorted locally grown produce by Fifth Generation Farmers in Delta
- Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm – organic produce, eggs, and beef
- Glen Valley Organic Farm – certified organic produce from a farm located only 50km from New Westminster
- Golden West Farms – Okanagan fruit grown in Summerland, many certified organic
- Maan Farms – assorted locally grown produce
- Nature Village Farm – Asian produce, potted herbs, and mushrooms grown in Richmond
- Red Barn Plants and Produce – assorted locally grown produce
- Greendale Herb and Vine – Cheddar cheese, cheese curds, herbs, nut butters and honeycomb
- Little Qualicum Cheeseworks – High quality cheese from Vancouver Island
Meat & Fish
- Port Hardy Seafood – BC caught fish and prawns
- Rockweld Farm – BC frozen chicken and chicken products including eggs
Bread & Baking
- A Bread Affair – Breads
- Blackberry Hill – squares, cinnamon buns, and old fashioned yummies like crisp rice squares
- French Made Baking – French-from-France baking.
- Sunrise Pita Company – pitas, chips, dips, baklava and and banana bread
- Sweet Thea Cake Company – tarts, pies, cookies, and cakes
Delectable Treats and Prepared Yummies
- AJI Gourmet Products – sauces made using aji spice
- Gary’s Kettlecorn – Kettlecorn
- Gourmet Savories – antipasto and pesto
- Maples’ Sugar Shack – maple syrup products
- Take a Fancy Chocolates and Sweets – handmade chocolates right from scratch
- Alma Valle Fine Silver Jewelry – handcrafted sterling silver original jewelry
- Ildiko Jewelry – hand forged sterling silver jewelry
- The Other Eden – cold process soaps scented with essential & fragrance oils, room sprays, body products
- Agnes Warmerdam – daffodil bulbs
- i-Dig Gardening – soil amenders and compost additions