The Ladner Village Market kicks off its 23rd season this Sunday.
The popular open-air market will be held two Sundays every month along 48th Avenue from Delta to Elliott streets. Markets run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine.
Entertainment on opening day will be provided by Marlin Ramazzini & Co. in the morning and the Dave Paterson Duo in the afternoon.
There are seven dates for the 2019 season: June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25, and Sept. 8.
The market features more than 160 artisan vendors from around the province. With an emphasis on make it, bake it or grow it, the market allows everyone to meet the individuals who create the products.
“It’s a real commitment for our vendors, but they love our cheery atmosphere,” said market coordinator Tracey McKnight. “Many of these vendors go to many different markets throughout the summer, but they love the helpfulness of our volunteers and staff. They love the outstanding quality of the products that are being shown.”
McKnight said they will welcome more than 30 new vendors this season in many categories, including art, fabric, prepared foods, home decor, jewelry, community non-profits, pet accessories, plants, pottery, produce and wood.
The market also features great food, including popular food trucks.
Some of the confirmed eats include grilled cheese, hamburgers, sausage in a bun, mac and cheese, curried vegetarian, Mediterranean cuisine and more.
Each market will also feature fun, lively music and local buskers, including balloon art. A full lineup of entertainment is available at the market website: https://ladnervillagemarket.com/.
The market encourages the public to be as environmentally responsible as possible, so it welcomes cyclists. New bike racks have been installed by the City of Delta. There are three in the plaza by Sonia’s Flowers and another one at Christmas tree corner at Delta Street and 48th Avenue.
Water fountains are also on Delta Street, so bring your own water bottle and don’t forget to bring your own totes to carry your food, fresh produce, meats and other items.
Indoor public washrooms can be found at the Ladner Community Police Station at the corner of Delta and Bridge streets, plus there are seven portable outdoor washrooms with hand-wash stations on 48th Avenue at Elliott Street and also on Delta Street.
“Ladner Village Market is very community oriented,” added McKnight. “We’re using eight local businesses to create artwork, our logo, banners and signage, handle bookkeeping, postcards, student employees and volunteers.”
And speaking of volunteers, McKnight said they would love to have a few more to help between 7:15 and 9:30 a.m. each Sunday the market is open. See the website for more details.
The Ladner Village Market also finds ways to give back to the community through its annual donation. This year that donation is going to Radina Photography and Alongside You which have partnered to produce a new project called Celebrating Resilience.
A gathering place for friends and family, the Ladner Village Market has become a destination outing for visitors from throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond.