Abbotsford Farmers' Market
We are highlighting our new vendor this week – “Syrian Sweets” – wonderful Phyllo pastries with pistachio, walnut and Ricotta cheese fillings.
Okanagan and Nicola Valley cherries are peaking now. Great for canning.
We have an Abbotsford Fun Pass contest underway at the Market. Through to August 5, fill out an entry to win a prize pack put together with the help of Tourism Abbotsford. The pack includes 4 on-day passes and 2 kids passes to AgriFair (August 4 – 6), A carload pass for entry and parking for up to 6 people from Abbotsford Airshow (August 11 – 13), a family day pass to the Bakerview EcoDairy and a $25.00 play card for Castle Fun Park. Entries are by a minimum $1.00 donation to the Abbotsford Food Bank. Friends of the Market members receive two-for-one entries.
The Terry Fox Run organizing committee is here at the market promoting the run. Check out their booth to be recruited as a runner and/or sponsor.
Message from Barrie Redl and Family
We’ve received news from the Redl’s Homegrown Beef gang in the Cariboo.
They are currently under an evacuation order because of a fire that is burning within a half mile of the ranch house. The fire is currently moving away from the ranch, but that could change with little notice. Marj and other family members are away from the ranch in relative safety at this point. Barrie, brother Travis and another ranch resident remain at home looking after stock, doing regular fire patrols and helping others in the community. They have escape plans well mapped out and are confident that they can stay out of harm’s way should conditions at the ranch deteriorate.
Power went out last weekend, but they have been able to save the meat out of their big walk-in freezer. It is safely stored in a refrigerated trailer that is being leant to them.
Barrie will not be at the markets this weekend because of a need to remain on site, monitor the situation and react if necessary to save cattle, horses, buildings and key farm equipment. Plus roads to the south are closed in multiple locations.
It may be weeks before the situation improves and allows Redl’s Homegrown Beef to again participate in farmers markets; but like many things related to the BC wildfire situation, that too is uncertain.
In a phone call Wednesday evening, Barrie asked us to pass on his sincere thanks to all who have left phone and e-mail messages checking on the well-being of the Redl clan, the ranch and their meat products. Barrie is truly humbled by the outpouring of concern, well wishes and offers of help that they have received from customers, friends and family.