Trommel Greenhouses have been among the vendors at the Langley Community Farmers Market in past years. This year’s market opens on May 18. Hours of operation have changed this season

Famers market opens its eighth season on May 18

Langley market will operate from noon to 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday

Local farmers are gearing up for opening day of the Langley Community Farmers Market at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Wednesday, May 18.

Now in its eighth season, the market will open with a Kwantlen First Nations drum ceremony. Along with live entertainment, there will be some fan-favourite food trucks on site, including the Reef Runner.

Shoppers will be able to fill their baskets with choices from 65 vendors, selling local — Langley- or B.C.- made baked or grown products.

With more vendors and food trucks, there is one big change coming to the popular food market — the hours of operation.

The market will now be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. to accommodate the lunch-time crowd, said Cherise McGee, market manager. In previous years, it has been open from 2 p.m. to 6:30  p.m.

“We spent a lot of time discussing this before making the decision to change the hours,” she said. “We believe this will best serve everyone.”

With more than 75 per cent of the vendors being food-focused, with produce, fruits, meats, cheeses, soups, sauces, breads and more, the market can be a “one stop shop” for that night’s dinner or the week’s groceries, said McGee. There are plenty of pre-made meals available as well.

“We really want to encourage people to think of this as their Wednesday grocery shop,” said McGee. “For every dollar you spend at the market you are putting money in the pockets of Langley farmers, and that’s a good thing for everyone.”

Among the food trucks scheduled to be at the market this year are: GYPSYtrunk Vegan Food Cart, Suburban Spoon and Slavic Rolls. There will also be a couple of dessert trucks on site, including Rocky Point ice cream.

Keeping a growing farmers market vibrant and organized takes effort.

The LCFM Society is hosting its first Gumboot Gala dinner and dance at the Langley Seniors Resource Centre banquet hall on June 11. Money raised will help the society in its mission to promote and support local, sustainable farming.

The market will run every Wednesday from May 18 until Oct. 12 at the Kwantlen campus courtyard at 20901 Langley Bypass.