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Kwantlen St. market opening April 16

Don Fennell   Apr-10-2019

The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market returns to Minoru Plaza April 16.

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Ever-expanding, with fresh new ideas, the Kwantlen St. Farmers Market returns to Minoru Plaza for a third season April 16.

The market will be located outside the main Brighouse branch of Richmond Public Library (7700 Minoru Gate), every Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. until Oct. 8 featuring freshly-grown student-grown produce from Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Sustainable Agriculture Program. Artisan baked goods, honey, chemical-free bath and body products, handmade jewelry, gifts and crafts, and SPCA-certified, organically-fed chicken and eggs will also be available. Many of the booths are also expected to offer locally-harvested farm products as the season advances.

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Opening day will be special.

At 1 p.m., market shoppers will be served Sweet Thea’s Divine Vanilla Bean Mango Cake, while Barry Wilson performs live in the main stage tent.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting the Kwantlen St. Farmers Market in Richmond for another year,” said David Piraquive, president of the Kwantlen Student Association. “It’s a great opportunity for KPU students to connect with the community and support local agriculture.”

This year, the market is looking to expand children’s programming, while updating the junior and tot foodie passport program. Organizers also hope to bring in more chefs to demonstrate cooking techniques.

Click hereto learn more on how to get involved, or sponsorship opportunities.

All products at the market must be made, baked or grown locally. Organizers are currently looking for local vendors to offer gourmet items such as chocolate, jams, healthy snack foods and spice mixes.

“The great thing about items like these is that they can be prepared in a home kitchen,” says market manager Anne Janzen. “We have a wonderful vendor start-up toolkit to help answer all the question a new potential vendor may have.”

The City of Richmond is helping support the market, by providing the centrally-located venue and free parking in support of agriculture and small business.


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