Hedley farmers market back for another year

  • May. 31, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Most produce in Canada is picked four to seven days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped an average of 2,400 km before being sold. And this is when taking into account only Canadian grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce imported from the US, Mexico, Asia, South America, and other places.

World oil production has already peaked, according to some estimates, and while demand for energy continues to grow, supply will soon start dwindling, sending the price of energy through the roof. We’ll be forced then to re-evaluate our food systems and place more emphasis on energy efficient agricultural methods, like smaller-scale organic agriculture, and on local production wherever possible.

Buying local means buying food and goods that are grown raised and produced close to home whenever possible. Buying local products not only supports local farmers and business, it provides you with peace of mind knowing where your goods are coming from and that they must conform with all government guidelines in their production and farming methods.

Your food will be fresher and more nutritious, your goods made by your neighbors and you will be contributing to a healthier economy and less fossil fuel being used to transport items long distances. You pay for freshness and taste, not packaging, refrigeration, and freight. You are supporting local jobs for local people in Osoyoos, Cawston, Olalla, Keremeos, Hedley, Princeton and surrounding areas.

The Hedley Farmers Market is looking for you. If you make it, bake it or grow it, we have a fantastic opportunity for you at the Hedley Farmers Market every Sunday from 9 a.m.  – 1 p.m. at Heritage Park. The market will run from June 5 through October 9.

Historic Hedley is situated on Highway 3,  between Princeton and Keremeos with easy access on and off the highway. On a typical summer Sunday, we see thousands of cars drive in and around our little town which makes Hedley an ideal spot to stop at on your way to and from the Greater Vancouver, Thompson and Okanagan areas. We are really convenient for local valley residents with our central location. We are the only farmers market in the Similkameen Valley.

 

Come and join the market with us.  People want fresh, local food. The demand is here! There are permanent and drop-in spaces left. Please call Vickie at 250-292-8511.

 

– Vickie Hanson