With the rest of 2013 to look forward to, it seems as if the White Rock Farmer's Market isn't wasting any time in getting things done. Having just wrapped up a successful winter season, those behind the market are now looking to the New Year to continue what's become a staple for the White Rock community.
Having appeared before council earlier in December, a delegation on behalf of the Farmer's market reported the market's successes in a year-end report.
Coun. Helen Fathers, also manager of the White Rock Farmers' Market, said the market has grown into something of a success story for White Rock, noting that it has an economic benefit of around $1.3 million for White Rock.
"That's only for 80 hours worth of business," said Fathers. "We only operate for four hours a day for 20 weeks, so that's astonishing."
The market, which runs weekly from the spring until the fall, with two special ones in the winter months, sees all sorts of vendors coming out to sell their goods, such as artisan crafts and foods.
Fathers said the report was of particular interest because it showed a business model for the White Rock area that worked.
"We tried to get a feel for why people shop here," she said. "It also says that there's nothing going on in White Rock Sundays so it celebrates the heart of our community and is the business model to emulate."
The White Rock Farmers' Market is operated out of the Kent St. Activity Centre and Fathers said she isn't sure if there would be another location suitable for the market, if they were looking to expand.