Check out some of the awesome things happening around Langley.
Christmas cheer is in my blood. As a matter of fact, I often feel that I must be a distant relative of Mrs. Klaus. Around this time of year, my dreams are full of red and white. My hair is dusted with so much gold glitter that I leave a trail of sparkling specs wherever I go. You will most likely find me running around the greenhouse with a bright sparkle stuck to the end of my nose, a box of bright metallic cellophane sheets tucked under one arm and curly ting ting bunches under the other. During the months of November and December my calling in life is to spread the joy of the season from house to house, one beautiful poinsettia at a time!
Many of us get through the chilly fall season by looking forward to the upcoming holidays, but what is it that gets you into the spirit? For me it’s attending a local market or holiday craft fair. If you think that farmer’s markets are a seasonal event, think again. Many of Langley’s well known markets are re-opening for the holiday season and are bringing you fresh local products all winter long. So this year remember to shop local, visit a hand-made craft fair for those special holiday gifts you’re looking for, and purchase your produce, soups and yummy baked goods to warm your insides at one of the below local markets taking place throughout the community.
This Halloween, you can celebrate the spooky holiday in a number of traditional and non-traditional ways in Langley. Paint your face and be mistaken for the walking dead as part of Zombie Fest happening this Saturday, October 19th at the Fort Langley Studio.
This year, Thanksgiving falls on Monday, October 14th in Canada. Langleyites celebrate the holiday and the harvest season, as do many Canadians, with a traditional feast featuring a plump and juicy turkey as the main course, with a side of cranberry sauce of course. Langley has long historical ties to both turkey’s and cranberries that might surprise you.
The apples are crisp, sweet, tart, juicy and tasty. Harvested within the last couple of weeks they are plentiful and will never taste quite as great as they do right this very minute. Thanks to some recent stats from the Ministry of Agriculture, I discovered that BC produces almost 30% of the apples grown in Canada, up to 195,000 tonnes…that is more than 1 billion apples. And, that the average British Columbian will consume 75 to 100 apples per person per year. That is a lot of apples! Are you doing your part?
Apple trees have a long history in Langley, dating back to the 1,800’s. In Derby Reach Regional Park, these tasty trees teach us about our rural past, as well as the settlement history of the Fraser Valley. Domestic apples appeared in the Pacific Northwest along with early settlement. The stock now located in Derby Reach was probably brought by Hudson’s Bay Company workers from their original planting spot in Fort Vancouver (now Vancouver, Washington) in 1827 or 1828.
What’s old is new again…canning and preserving is the new black. I don’t know how or when it happened but real food is making a comeback. I don’t care how it got here, I am just glad it arrived. You can see it in the faces of the people that shop at the local farmers market – they eye up the produce, find inspiration and mentally process the endless possibilities, it is so much fun to watch.
June is here, the sun in shining (okay well it was), markets are open, and our local berries are ripe for the picking! This means that Langley’s Circle Farm Tour is in full swing! All stops on the 2013 tour are now open for business which means that you can finally head out to the berry farms and pick that juicy ripe fruit directly from the fields. Strawberries have arrived, and it’s only time before the rest of our favourite local berries can be picked up, farm fresh.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…that is the song that has been going around in my head lately. Yes, I realize it is not Christmas or back to school but it IS one week until the opening day of the Langley Community Farmers Market and that is a little like Christmas to me! If you have not had a chance to visit a Farmer’s Market in previous years, you are absolutely missing out! Every Wednesday from 2:00 – 6:00pm in the Courtyard of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, you will find more than 30 vendors that “Make it, Bake it or Grow it”. Or spend your Saturday’s strolling through the garden of the Bedford House Restaurant in Fort Langley while browsing the tents of the Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market, which takes place from 10am – 3pm and includes another great array of market vendors. The newest market to the area is Milner Village Market located at the Milner Village Garden Centre also on Saturday’s starting June 1st from 10am – 3pm.