To Market, To Market…

7 May

Blog Post #28

Wow — it was again a beautiful day in the Lower Mainland. A perfect day to explore one of our favourite places — Fort Langley.

Fort Langley, known as “the birthplace of BC”, was once a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post. It lies next to the Fraser River and today, is a designated National Historic Site of Canada and is located within the village community of the same name, Fort Langley. The village of Fort Langley is a popular tourist spot, seeing 60,000 visitors every year. It is also a favourite spot for filming movies, commercials and TV shows, such as Supernatural.

chestnuttrees

In 1921, Dr. Benjamin Marr planted Horse Chestnut trees along the Glover Road frontage of their property

Not only was the weather perfect for walking through the historic village, there were two great events that opened today. Bloom Market, held at the old Community Hall, and the Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market located at St. Andrews Historic Church.

Bloom Market hosts new and established artisans from across BC, showcasing handcrafted jewellery, original paintings, unique local designed fashions, home decor and more.

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market features local B.C. fresh local produce, fruits & flowers, wine and foods as well as local artisans displaying their arts and crafts, including hand-made soaps & creams, baby items, and clothing.

There were so many wonderful things to see, sample and buy at these two events. We wandered through the many tables, impressed with the quality and uniqueness of the products presented.

SOVThe first display we stumbled upon at the Farmers’ Market was Sons of Vancouver Distillery, where we found Richard handing out samples of  No. 82 Amaretto and fiery Chili Vodka

Sons of Vancouver Distillery bills themselves as a “really, really small batch distillery”. Founded by two born and bred British Columbians, James Lester and Richard Klaus, SOV is located in North Vancouver.

No. 82 Amaretto is made from apricot kernels, bourbon vanilla beans, orange peel, demerera and BC blackberry honey. It is delicious, easy to drink and thoroughly enjoyable. I know because I bought a bottle and I am sipping it right now! I highly recommend you try it. Read this article about No. 82 in Scout magazine.

We also tried the Chili Vodka, and while we thought it was great (watch out, it’s SPICY!) and we think it would be perfect in a Caesar or Bloody Mary — we aren’t big vodka drinkers and so opted for the Amaretto instead (not that we are big liqueur drinkers either!!) However, I would definitely buy a bottle of this vodka in the future for the next time we want to stir up some Caesars!

If you are interested in either of these spirits and/or supporting local artisan distilleries, you can visit SOV at 1431 Crown Street, North Vancouver, BC. The tasting room is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

So, who wants to come with me to the next Fort Langley Farmers’ Market or Bloom Market??

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Brynne’s Daily Drawing #28

Brynne's Daily Drawing #28

 

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One Response to “To Market, To Market…”

  1. danibrown57 May 8, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    I am! On one of my next Sats off. I would love to go explore Fort Langley with you! I love it. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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