Rain or shine, the Ladner Village Market will be up and running this Sunday (June 12) for the first day of their season, and everyone is invited – well, except your pets.
This year marks the beloved market’s 26th season where vendors from both the nearby area and around the province line the village streets to sell their locally made, baked or grown goods.
Whether it’s colourful produce, fresh-baked treats or beautiful art pieces you’re looking for, the Ladner Village Market has been and continues to be the popular place to shop around on select Sundays.
“We’re reopening as a full Ladner Village Market. We still have a few more open areas – spaces for people to congregate or to gather and talk with friends and family – but it is 95 per cent of what we usually have at a market,” says Tracey McKnight, one of the four market managers.
Live music is back and so are the typical five entrances to the market, as opposed to the limited two entrances they enforced over the past two years, she adds.
Around 160 vendors are anticipated for this year’s season, with 32 of those being new faces, which is an increase from last year’s 125 vendors.
“We’re excited to be showcasing the creative talent of our seasoned vendors, as well as the young entrepreneurs from our immediate community ... We’re excited to see this next generation that’s already showing such promise,” added McKnight.
The team is working to reduce the unnecessary use of plastic bags and are encouraging folks to bring their own tote bags. But if you forget your bags at home, custom Ladner Village Market tote bags will also be available for purchase at the information booth.
Though they won’t be posting a list of all the vendors who will be in attendance this year, they are asking folks with questions about specific vendors to send a direct message to their Facebook page.
In addition to its opening date on June 12, the market will be running on June 26, July 10, July 24, Aug. 14, Aug. 28 and Sept. 11.
Similar to last year, dogs – with the exception of Certified Guide Dogs – will not be allowed at the market as leashes can make for added social distancing obstacles.
And if you’re unfamiliar with where the Ladner Village Market will be taking place, you can plunk this address – 5028A 48th Ave. in Delta – into your GPS or head between Delta St. and Elliot St.