The Esquimalt – Metchosin riding has a wonderful range of local markets that bring so much good food and creativity to our community. I was able to bring a spotlight to the markets in the Legislature on Monday September 18, 2017.
“Through the summer, I could have been at a local community market nearly every day of the week. It is a festive and vibrant season across my constituency of Esquimalt-Metchosin.
On Sundays at the Metchosin Farmers Market, there’s a fresh array of locally grown vegetables, breads, jams, salsa, baked goods and herbs. I love to buy fresh tomatoes for a Sunday evening salad, and I sit on the green, listening to the variety of music each week.
On Wednesdays, it’s the Q market in Colwood, which offers a wonderful, bright and inspiring range of crafts and goods. Here I recognize the art of local jewelry designers, local brewing companies and other home-based products and services. The market fills with visitors and families who browse the stalls, dance to music and grab a bite to eat.
On Thursdays, my regular haunt is the Esquimalt Farmers Market, which serves as a community gathering point. It builds relationships, encourages healthy local living, environmental and economic sustainability. Not only is it full of great-quality, cutting-edge artisan and locally produced goods and crafts; it also has a park for dogs and a wonderful playground for kids of all ages. A different band plays each week. Families bring blankets, and they make a whole evening out the entertainment and the atmosphere and food.
Finally, on Saturdays, I visit Goldstream Market to stock up on baked goods and peruse other crafts from our creative community. I appreciate the opportunity to visit with our local vendors, learn about their productive process and do my part to support our local economy. It feels good to buy from those who grow B.C. so that my family can eat B.C.”