Paula Neels arranges her wares in the Hammersley Farms booth at the first Agassiz Farm Fresh market of the season last Thursday

Agassiz Farm Fresh market returns for 6th season

Happens every Thursday in Agassiz-Harrison Museum parking lot, 3-6 p.m.

The Agassiz Farm Fresh market is back for a new season, full of the fresh produce, baked goods and unique products you’ve come to expect from this true farmer’s market.

The sixth season kicked off last Thursday in the Agassiz-Harrison museum / visitor centre parking lot. The smell of stroopwafels filled the air and the sun shone down as happy shoppers browsed stalls filled with produce, jams, jellies, pies, cookies, flowers, jewelry, soaps and more.

According to board of directors chair Carolyn Hrynyk, you will always find local, high quality goods for sale at this market.

“The theme is always make it, bake it or grow it,” shares Hrynyk. “There’s a nice variety of local, fresh-grown produce, meats, bakes good, very fine artistry and crafts.”

Hrynyk says the market grew out of a desire to feature the local producers that make this area shine as an agricultural community. When she first moved to the area, Hyrynk was “stunned” to hear there was no farmer’s market given the agricultural area we live in. She’s happy to help provide a service to the community that allows for people to eat fresh, in-season products from local producers.

While there is a core group of vendors that come back year after year, there are booths that come and go as well. She urges people to come check out the market to see what’s new and in-stock weekly.

“There’s never going to be anything imported, or used goods. It’s a true established farmer’s market,” sums up Hrynyk.

The market board tries to have an educational component each week if possible. The kickoff event featured the Fraser Valley Regional Library set up with book displays and information. Local community groups who would like to set up a booth at the market can contact organizers. They are also hoping to feature live music and are seeking interested buskers to contact the market board.

The market runs every Thursday through the summer, with the final market tied into the Fall Fair, from 3-6 p.m. in the Agassiz-Harrison Museum parking lot at 7011 Pioneer Ave. For more information or to contact regarding vendor booths or busking, see www.agassizfarmersmarket.com