Many of you have seen this delicious archived image of New Westminster’s first Farmers’ Market, both on the web, and in the newspapers. It’s a fabulous image, and it’s one we here at RCFM are rather proud of and use on all our posters. But do you know how we came to get it?
In 2007, a group of local citizens decided it was high time for the Royal City to have its own modern farmers’ market so they began to get organized. After all, New Westminster was home to the original outdoor market in BC. They formed a society, the Royal City Farmers’ Market Association, and the 2008 market was the first fruits of that labour.
One day, one of the founding directors came across a postcard being advertised on mega-auction site eBay. The postcard was offered for sale by a fellow in Missouri of all places, and the price was in the neighbourhood of less than $5.00.
Of course, the postcard had to be purchased! How could RCFM not have such a great piece of history?
And thus, the image we have all come to know and love:
One of these days, I’d really like to do the research and try and find this photo in our City’s archives, and duplicate the original image. Winter project, I suppose.