Hard Winter for local farms
While record snow was a boon for local ski hills this winter, it’s been a long, hard season for our farmers, many of whom are still struggling to dig themselves out. A number of VFM growers have reported heavy snow and collapsed greenhouses damaging their winter plantings and early seedlings – plus cold, wet weather across the province is making for a slow start to the spring season.
Add to this the mysterious norovirus currently plaguing BC’s shellfish industry, and it has resulted in lost product and cancelled market dates impacting the businesses of many. But as fresh spring things like arugula, spinach, radicchio and tulips return to the markets, it looks like we’ve finally turned the corner on winter.
The Winter Markets continue for another five weeks – come out and support our local producers who, despite the weather, still have a great selection of seasonal produce and other amazing food on offer.