As we start to get ready for our 2023 season, we wanted to draw your attention to a few vendor updates.
Anne’s Kitchen/Anne’s Gallery
We are excited to announce that much loved Anne will be joining us again this season for a few dates. Anne and her husband, Michael, have been a mainstay at our market and have kept New Westminster supplied with jams, pickles, and gorgeous sweaters since we opened nearly 15 years ago. At the end of our regular season last year, Anne let us know that she was ready to retire her business. However, this was a false alarm! Anne has let us know that her winter break gave her the rest she needed and she has had so many people reach out to her to express their sadness that she has decided she is not quite ready to retire after all. Though we are just starting to get organized for our 2023 season, she has let us know that she intends to come back for a few dates. Keep an eye out!
We are very sad to share that beloved long-time vendor, Plantbase, are slowly closing their business. They’ve contributed so much to our market and community and been with us for many years. We are excited to see what the future holds for this talented team but they will be so missed at NWFM. Please make sure you reach out to them to let them know how much you love and appreciate David and his team, and buy their products to help them wind down!
We reached out to David Isbister, co-owner of Plantbase, and he had a few words for New West:
It has been such joy to come to know you all over the years. New West Farmer’s Markets were my first farmers markets and remain so special to me because of the beautiful setting, the diverse communities we get to serve in some small but impactful ways, and really just all the special folks (and their non human companions) who pass through. I have truly enjoyed every minute so much. I am sure you will see me pop up some way or another in the future 😉 – so keep checking up on what I get up to and say hello any darn time. Let’s make sure it’s not goodbye!
Please support local producers, enjoy existence wherever it’s possible, and offer compassion to humans and animals. 🙂 I’ll see you all soon..or is it …tune?
What’soup, owned by past chef of El Santo, Bella Almeida, is sadly closing their doors. You can see Bella’s post here about the closing of her business. Her last market will be Port Moody on January 15th (this Sunday) so make sure you go and stock up on her delicious creations. We are extremely sad to be losing Bella and her soups, but look forward to what the future has in store for this talented chef.
We reached out to Bella and she had a few words for New West:
There is no easy way to say this but I am closing What’Soup. I have no words to say how much I appreciate every single one of you for all your support throughout those 2 intense, challenging and wonderful years. Being at the markets was not only a great experience as a business owner but it also gave me the chance to connect with amazing people and learn a lot from them. Closing was a very hard decision to make but the right one for this moment. I hope that you all could feel the passion and caring in every soup you tried because that’s how they were always made. Thank you, NWFM, for being such an amazing community! Hope you all have an amazing 2023 and keep supporting local! 🙂
With love, Bella Almeida.
Applications for the 2023 market will be released soon. We are excited for another season of fresh local food, but Plantbase and What’soup will be so missed. We are incredibly saddened by this loss. We hope you take the time to connect with the vendors you love and stock up on your soups and vegan foods. Make sure to continue to support local and come visit Anne!
We will see you in Tipperary Park beginning March 30th, 3-7pm.