Michelle Bennett of Crooked Fence Farm did a brisk business at the very first farmers market in downtown Langley City. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEO: First Farmers market in downtown Langley City a success

Organizer says the turnout was about what they were hoping for

Michelle Bennett of Crooked Fence Farm did a brisk business at the very first downtown Langley City farmers markets.

Buyers emptied most of her stock from her shelves during the four hours the market, with about 30 vendors, was operating in the parking lot outside the Timms Community Centre on Saturday.

Bennett said there were a lot of walk-ins, people who didn’t know there was a market until they happened to pass by.

“We were busy the whole day, which was nice,” Bennett said.

“It was really good.”

Cherise McGee, manager of the Langley Community Farmers’ Market, said initial estimates placed the turnout at 600 people, about what the market had been projecting.

She expects the numbers will grow as word gets out.

The addition of a downtown market in 2018 comes as the other Langley farmers market, currently staged in the courtyard of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langley campus on Wednesday afternoons, marks its 10th anniversary.

READ MORE: Finally, a weekend farmers market in Langley City

The new “Farmers Market in the City” will be held outdoors in the parking lot of the Timms Community centre at 20399 Douglas Crescent, along the 56 Avenue side from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday until Oct. 6.

Just days before it opened, the market was a victim of theft.

Security video footage captured two people stealing four large white 10’ x 10’ tents, black and white flags, and table coverings from storage in the parking lot under the Timms Community Centre.

The supplies were brand new and had been purchased through a grant from the City of Langley specifically for the Saturday Market. The Wednesday market at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which opened on May 16, has separate equipment and was not affected.

The tents were still in the cardboard boxes.

The City has agreed to donate more funds to replace all of the items.

READ MORE: Thieves steal $2,200 in supplies from Langley Community Farmers’ Market

Langley RCMP have opened a file on the theft. Anyone with information can call the RCMP at 604-532-3200. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit www.solvecrime.ca.



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Creative crafts were on sale at the first downtown Langley City farmers market. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

A local Langley vendor. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Setting up. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Just Posted

Senior denied insurance for lack of a smart phone

Langley woman discovers a deal requires an app

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Rising construction costs boost price of Langley intersection project

Bids for Township roundabout came in well over projected costs

Langley-raised catcher to play on Team Canada at Pan Am Games qualifier tournament

Kellin Deglan is headed to Brazil at the end of the month to play ball with Team Canada

Trappers back to peak form

Langley Junior B Team aims for playoffs

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Man, two children sent to hospital after Vancouver carbon monoxide leak

Nine people were evacuated from the home in south Vancouver

Dog shot in foot with BB gun during cellphone sale at SkyTrain station

William Ayers, 28, is facing a number of charges after incident in Burnaby

Most Read