The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market launched in 2016 as Richmond’s first weekly farmers market. The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products. The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market has everything shoppers need. The market features products grown and crafted by local farmers and artisans, highlighting KPU’s own Sustainable Agriculture students.
The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market provides a unique opportunity for market shoppers to engage with student farmers who are learning ecologically sound organic farming practices through KPU’s Sustainable Agriculture and Farm Schools in Richmond and Delta. These students are learning about crop planning and growing, owning a farm business, preparing for and working at farmers market – all skills that will enable them to successfully run a farm business once they leave school. Your purchases directly help these students learn about farming and support their program.
The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market is a nod to the rich farming and agricultural history of the Richmond area. The local First Nations historically visited the delta to gather berries and to fish. When settlements started in Richmond the land was prepared for farming and fishing continued to grow. As the city developed, our market site at Lansdowne became a popular horse racing track (a history commemorated in our logo). Today, Richmond is a thriving city with significant agricultural and food processing happening in the city.
The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market has created a space in Richmond where shoppers, families, and students can access products grown and crafted by local farmers and artisans, including KPU’s own Sustainable Agriculture students. Farmers markets started as venues to sell produce and products, but have evolved into exciting community events. We have created a farmers market with local farm products, food trucks, music, activities for families and children, and a sense of community that is based first around food.
The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market is run by the Kwantlen Student Association, a non-profit society affiliated with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and produced by Farm Fresh Events. The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market is a member of the BC Association of Farmers Markets.