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Throughout this past summer Shelley Coburn, a Trustee at the Langley Board of Education partnered with local business owner Brenda-Lee Hunter from The Village Work and Play Space and organized The Village Market in Langley City. I had a visit with Shelley to get her perspective on how the market started and what it might look like in the future.

Shelley Coburn

Shelley grew up in Langley City and describes the community as “a very caring community” and as I spoke with Shelley I got the sense that The Village Market is her way of caring for the community that she grew up in and now serves as a politician.

According to Shelley, The Village Market started in response to COVID-19. She saw it as a way of giving local vendors and farmers the opportunity to sell their products because so many events and markets that they would normally attend were canceled due to the pandemic. COVID-19 has made business difficult for local vendors and farmers. Shelley is moved by the appreciation participants in The Village Market have expressed.

The market was held at 204th and Douglas Crescent in Langley City, BC and has had an interesting variety of vendors including; Koba Foods , The Saucery Fine Foods and Catering , Serenity Soaps, Coastal Glory, Forrestial Friends, Hurricane Foods, Pourhouse Collective, Blue Valley Farms, Sxwnem plant medicines, musician Bruce Andrews, and Nuez Acres

You might have noticed that The Village Market includes crafters who sometimes don’t get to participate in local farmer’s markets because the rules and regulations typically exclude them. For that reason, Shelley says she is going out of her way to include them and give them an opportunity to sell their products.

Some of the leftover fruits and vegetables from The Village Market go to Brogan‘s Diner who then provides meals to people who are homeless. Shelley is creative and looks for local nonprofits to distribute leftover food too like the Douglas Park Community School neighbourhood food bank.

Brogan's Diner
Brogan’s Diner

Shelley says that the market has a definite family feel. Her family and many of the vendor’s families participate in the market. Once in awhile local politicians show up like Peter Fassbender with his wife and grandson, Councilor Teri James, and Langley City Mayor Val van den Broek. Shelley says she appreciates the support but her favourite part is when her friends from the community show up to support the vendors and the market. She would also like to extend her thanks to folks at Discover Langley and the Downtown Langley Business Association who helped her get the market started and have been there ever since.

Shelley has a Facebook page for The Village Market in Langley City, but likes to promote the market in an old-school fashion. Nicole Longacre-O’Brien from the Langley UPS Store helps provide advertising and Shelley drops off flyers in the community a few days ahead of each event.

As Shelley looks ahead she says she may formalize the market a little bit more. In the meantime, she hasn’t set a definitive date for the next market but promises there will be another one this Fall, so stay tuned. If you’re interested in getting a table, prices start at a reasonable $30. You can contact Shelly at shelley@shelleyfcoburn.com for more information.

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Facebook: The Village Market Langley City

Email Shelley: shelley@shelleyfcoburn.com

Market location: 204th and Douglas Crescent in Langley City, BC

Koba Foods

The Saucery Fine Foods and Catering

Sxwnem plant medicines

Nuez Acres

Author: Rod Janz, Managing Editor, FV Lifestyle

It’s been an unusual year for us all and that includes those of us in Real Estate.

Starting in June house sales began to pick up and that continued through the summer. Currently, interest rates are low which is always helpful for those who qualify. Looking ahead there are just too many variables to predict what might happen, so stay tuned!

Mike Wilson – REMAX Treeland Realty

I have lived and worked in the Fraser Valley for over 40 years and I am active in the community, I bring several decades of real estate experience and strong marketing background to the FV housing scene. Whether you’re looking for help finding your perfect home at your perfect price, or you need professional support and friendly expertise to sell your home in an ever-changing market, I come to the table with a true passion for helping you make the best possible move.

For more information contact me at 604-533-3491.

Out of curiosity and an ongoing desire to support local business several members of the FV Lifestyle (FVL) team headed out to Festina Lente Estate Winery and Meadery located on 16th Avenue in South Langley for a wine tasting.

The winery is located on a 5-acre hobby farm complete with horses and, of course, beehives. To adapt to COVID restrictions, tastings are served outdoors on the beautiful grounds with tables on the porch and out on the front lawn.

We were not expecting to be served dry wines made from honey, but the selection of wines spanned from dry through to spicy and somewhat sweet. Every bottle of wine at Festina Lente has a witty story to go along with it. If you love pumpkin spiced lattes, you must try the Rustica!

We are proud to offer our premium honey wines made with local honey and fresh farm ingredients. Our wines are sophisticated. Surprisingly dry and food-friendly meads that will delight discriminating eco-conscious wine enthusiasts. Made in small batches, our wines are ever-changing with the seasons. Come by often to take advantage of our limited edition selections. ~ Festina Lente Estate Winery

Teresa Townsley Festina Lente Winery
Teresa Townsley – Queen Bee, Festina Lente Winery

Teresa Townsley
It was a beautiful August Friday afternoon for our visit. Fortunately, Teresa Townsley, the owner, or “Queen Bee” as she lists on her business card, happened to be in the winery and volunteered to do our wine tasting even though it was her day off.

As we got to know Teresa it became obvious that she has a brilliant sense of humor, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for winemaking.

A Successful Year
If you follow FV Lifestyle at all, you know that one of our passions is to support local business owners, so it was great to meet Teresa and hear about the success of the Festina Lente Estate Winery and Meadery. We were pleased to hear that business is going well. Festina Lente Estate Winery is having such a good year that they are having difficulty keeping up with demand.

Festina Lente WineryHow Mead is Made
Teresa provided the FVL team with great information on how mead is made and its extensive history. We learned that the tradition of making mead goes back centuries and actually predates making wine with grapes. She informed us that the bees that produce their honey are imported from New Zealand and are a little bit more docile compared to other strains of bees. Festina Lente Estate wines are not Okanagan wines like many of the wines sold at the wineries in and around South Langley meaning that Festina Lente Estate wines are made with almost entirely locally grown ingredients.

Teresa is also proud of the fact that Festina Lente Estate wines are made with sustainable environmental practices in mind and actually are environmentally positive.

An Enjoyable Departure
The members of the FV Lifestyle squad are pretty committed and experienced grape wine drinkers, so tasting wines made of honey and fruit, or mead as it is traditionally called, was a little bit of a departure from what we are used to. We all agreed that it was enjoyable to introduce our palettes to a variety of intriguing tastes and fragrances.

Thank YouFestina Lente Winery
Thank you Teresa for the informative and delightful wine tasting experience!

To visit and get more information on Festina Lente Estate Winery see below.

Festina Lente Estate Winery
Phone: 604-510-2336
Address: 21113 16th Avenue, Langley, BC

Links
Festina Lente Website 
Festina Lente Facebook 
Festina Lente Instagram 
Festina Lente Email

In our health-conscious, environmentally concerned world, more and more people are looking for locally grown fruit, flowers, and vegetables. Today we want to give a shout out to a couple of unique Fraser Valley farms. One in South Surrey and the other in South Langley.

Kingfisher Farm Market
Kingfisher Farm Market

Kingfisher Farm Market
Kingfisher Farm Market is found at 512–1 72nd St. in South Surrey, BC. The market is open on Tuesdays from June until October 11 a.m. to 6 PM. They are located south of 8th Avenue and are close to White Rock, BC.

They encourage you to come shop for fresh veggies from their local farm in South Surrey. They have a selection of fresh sustainably grown vegetables, flowers, meat, cheese, bread, eggs, and honey. Every Tuesday they handpick their vegetables and have them fresh for you. on Tuesdays, you are invited to come and visit their chickens and cows and see how their vegetables are grown.

Who are they?
Paul and Angela Neufeld have been farming here for 15 years. They are committed to organic practices and sustainable farming. In 2011 they made the move from East Vancouver to live on this property when they were farming with A Rocha (see below).

There is actually a group of families who care for this piece of land. ”Together we are committed to growing food sustainably, caring for the ponds and forest, supporting biodiversity and reaching out to the local community.”*

A Rocha Farm and Gift Shop

A Rocha Farm and Gift Shop

The A Rocha Farm and Gift shop is part of a Rocha Canada which is an international faith-based organization that engages in scientific research, environmental education, community-based conservation projects, and sustainable agriculture.

The A Rocha Farm and Gift shop can be found at 1620 – 192 Street in Surrey BC. They are open on Tuesdays from 12 to 6 PM and Saturdays from 10 to 4 PM.

Everything A Rocha sells is “locally produced, fairly traded, or promotes an environmental ethic.” Proceeds from purchases help support A Rocha which is a non-profit.

As far as shopping for fruits and veggies they don’t necessarily have a huge selection, but what they do have is always fresh and picked right out of their garden. As fall approaches you may want to keep A Rocha in mind if you are going to be in the market for some pumpkins.

Links
Kingfisher Farm Market
A Rocha Farm and Gift Shop

Credits
Kingfisher Farm Market pics – https://www.kingfisherfarmmarket.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/kingfisherfarmmarket/

A Rocha pics https://www.instagram.com/nikkileydierphotography/ A Rocha Farm and Gift Shop and https://www.instagram.com/arocha.market/

Houston Trail in Langely, BC will forever have a special place in my heart. While we lived in Walnut Grove, Langley for 20 years Houston Trail was my go-to trail for walking the dog, exercise, and meditation. It’s a park that has a little of everything; beautiful foliage, interesting views, ponds, and creeks. 

Houston Trail, Langley, BC in the Fraser ValleyAt 4.18 km, 2.6 miles the trail is just long enough to get a decent workout in the way of a walk or jog. You can visit the park year-round and as a frequent visitor, I loved to see the park change with the seasons. Our now deceased American Cocker Spaniel named Dobson used to love this park too!

 Speaking of dogs, they are allowed to use the trail but must be on a leash. Over the years I got nipped or jumped on by the odd off-leash dog which I always consider to be the owner’s fault and not the dog’s. In addition to dogs, the park is kid-friendly and open to horseback riding so watch out for road apples.

If you go counterclockwise on the trail, there is a good hill that is about 100 meters long that will get your lungs and heart pumping. Or, you can go clockwise and cruise downhill instead.

Parking

Park off Allard Crescent. 10748 Allard Crescent, Langley City, BC V1M 3V7. Here’s a  Google Map from the Starbucks that starts near the 200th Street and Trans Canada 1 Interchange – https://bit.ly/2CoRp7n

Connect to Other Trails

Another thing to love about Houston Trail is the other trails you can connect to. If you want to extend your walk or jog, or just explore a different trail you can be connected to Derby Reach Regional Park. Derby Reach Regional Park Trail is a 9.17 km 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that runs along the Fraser River and historic sites and farmland.* The park also offers a camping area located along the Fraser River and a dog off-leash area. This trail is good for all skill levels and is popular year-round.

You can also connect to the Fort to Fort Trail that is a 7.89 km 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Langley, British Columbia, Canada that features the Fraser River, the Fort Langley Golf Course, and some interesting farms and homes. This trail is good for all skill levels and is popular year-round.**

When we have the time we like to park in the Allard Crescent Parking lot, walk to historic Fort Langley, have coffee and something to eat in one of the many fine coffee shops, and then walk back.

Bonus – Houston Trail Virtual Walk
If you ever wonder about the foliage in one of these parks listed above, take a virtual walk Dr. David Clementsplant ecologist at Trinity Western University. 

Article Credits:
Barn Picture – https://trailsbc.ca/loop/fraser-valley/langley-houston-trail-w18 
Featured Photo – https://www.mrussellphotography.com/blog/langley-bog-derby-reach-regional-park/
Fort to Fort picture – TripAdvisor
*Derby Reach on AllTrails – https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/british-columbia/derby-reach-regional-park
** Fort to Fort Trail on AllTrails – https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/fort-to-fort/ 
Houston Trail on AllTrails – https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/british-columbia/houston-trail
Written by Rod Janz

Cultus Lake, British Columbia is a popular summer recreational destination for people who live in the Metro Vancouver area. It is located 11 km southwest of Chilliwack, BC, and is roughly a one hour and forty-five-minute drive from downtown Vancouver when the traffic is good.

Trash and TreasureCultus Lake, BC

All of the summer visitors to the area take a toll on the environment in and around Cultus Lake. Recently,  recognizing that the lake needed a bit of a clean up and also wondering what kind of treasure they might find, Clayton Helkenberg (right)  and Steve Clegg (left) volunteered their time to do a little cleanup free diving in the lake.

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I [Clayton] live in Chilliwack B.C and I love to swim and free-dive in my local lakes and rivers to find what has been lost and clean up what I can. I have been able to return things to the owners who had never thought they would see their item again which is an awesome feeling! Instagram @ Aquatic__Monkey.

Aquatic Monkey

We contacted Clayton who has given a nickname to his trash and treasure hobby on social media, “Aquatic Monkey.” Clayton said “It’s just a hobby. [Aquatic Monkey] was kind of a joke nickname started by my friend and I kind of went with it. I have done this kind of stuff since I was a kid but got inspired [by] some of the bigger Youtube guys to start filming. Steve is definitely all about the environment [and] I’m a little more interested in finding ‘treasures’ but I pick up garbage when I see it.’

Pictures of Trash

Pictures of trash probably aren’t exactly what you want to see on a blog but they give you some idea of the amount of litter and trash and lost items like, sunglasses and cell phones, that end up in the lake. As you can see from the photos Clayton and Steve collected quite a haul. Judging by the response on their Facebook page their actions were greatly appreciated by numerous people who were also a little appalled at some people’s lack of respect for the environment.

What a HaulCultus Lake, BC

From Aquatic Monkey’s Instagram: “What a trash haul from #cultuslake today. A total of 165 cans/bottles, and 535lb of trash. Local residents were super thankful and gave us each a bottle of wine! @justabitfarther @taylorshaiphotography @hgodbout

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I [Clayton] live in Chilliwack B.C and I love to swim and free-dive in my local lakes and rivers to find what has been lost and clean up what I can. I have been able to return things to the owners who had never thought they would see their item again which is an awesome feeling! Follow me on Instagram @ aquatic__monkey.

Video: Top Finds

 

The Environment

Trash is a sign of neglect and disregard for nature. It can have an impact on aquatic plants, The reproductive behavior of fish, and other animals.  It depletes the water of oxygen as waste decomposes. Also, toxic materials can leak or leach out of certain kinds of trash.

Thank you, Clayton, and Steve for helping to clean-up Cultus Lake.

Photos:  https://www.instagram.com/taylorshaiphotography/

The 2020 BC Day Long weekend is going to be a little different because of the coronavirus. Gatherings of 50+ still aren’t allowed.  In the Spring of 2020, a lot of events were canceled in the Fraser Valley due to the coronavirus including the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival and others. 

On Canada Day back on July 1 there were several events that took place online instead like The Virtual Surrey Canada Day festival that included music and cultural entertainment, and performances by a number of different artists including 54-40, Bif Naked, Colin James and many others. Similar to Canada Day some Vancouver BC Day festivals are planning to do online activities including the Pride Festival and the Powell Street Festival 

There are still several live events and activities taking place this weekend including the Abbotsford Agrifair at the Exhibition Park venue in Abbotsford. In Vancouver you can visit Playland at the PNE and the PNE Prize Home Lottery

Since it’s in the Fraser Valley and it normally opens on August 1 until September 15 we want to give a special mention to the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival. We heard it may be opening mid-August, and on their website, it says “Dates TBA.” See the link above for more details.

White Rock Sea Festival
White Rock Sea Festival 2019

The White Rock Sea Festival usually takes place on the first weekend in August, but due to the coronavirus it has been canceled and is expected to return in 2021. You can always head to White Rock Beach this weekend and enjoy the sand, shops, restaurants, and the ocean on your own!

Long Weekend Activities in the Fraser Valley

Fort Langley Farmers Market, Saturday, opens at 9:00 for Seniors and 10:00 AM 

White Rock Farmer’s Market Sunday 10 – 2

Abbotsford Farm & Country Market Saturday 9 – noon 

Mud Bay Delta BC
Photo: Louise Christie bcmag.ca

Mud Bay Nature Walkhttps://fvlifestyle.com/event/nature-walks-in-surrey-at-mud-park-august-one/ (Photo)

Details: Hosted by White Rock and Surrey Naturalists – WRSN. Meet Liz at the Mud Bay Park parking lot @ 13030 48 Avenue, turn south off Colebrook Road. Saturday, Aug 1, 2020, 9 AM – 11 AM PDT at Mud Bay Park. Email: parks@surrey.ca. Liz will visit Mud Bay Park. and Colebrook Park afterward.

Featured Image: Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2018

Traces of Evidence is “An interesting pictorial showing White Rock, BC’s history, from the early beginnings as the Semiahmoo Homeland through early logging, to a thriving modern-day beach town.”

Did you know there was a boathouse on the famous White Rock Pier at one time? Speaking of the pier it looks like it has been a regular place to congregate for many decades. As you will read below, the video created a lot of questions for me which I will have to try and get answered somehow. If you know some of the answers, please feel free to comment.

The entire video is laid on a bed of nicely selected music and tasteful sound effects. If you’d like, look in YouTube notes for the music credits.

At 0:00 – 01:23 Traces of Evidence starts out paying pictorial homage to the Indigenous people who lived and still live in the area. Photos of Indigenous people are sprinkled throughout the video.

At 01:24 minutes the video starts to show the forestry that took place and shots of this are interspersed throughout the rest of the video too. There is one photo of a giant old-growth cedar which if you go for a walk in some of the local parks you will see remnants of today because the stumps still remain. 

At 01:56 we begin to see photos of some of the people who moved here in the early 1900s. We see one of the first lumber mills and some of the first homes too.

03:10 – The railway eventually came to White Rock connecting the city to the U.S. and the rest of Metro Vancouver. It travels along White Rock beach where it still is today. There’s even a photo of a 1920’s food truck. I guess those have been around for a long time!

Then there are pictures of some of the first roads and a May Day celebration from 1937.

Around 6:00 minutes you will also see what appears to be the opening of The Peace Arch that is located at the Canada / U.S. border (I wonder how the lineups were back then?)

At 09:24 there are photos of school children and possibly one of the first school buildings. At 09:53  a school building is shown that Semiahmoo High Secondary would eventually be attached too for many years until it moved to 148th Street in Surrey.

At 10:59 there are photos of people in the military which makes me wonder, was there a military base in the area at one time?” and “did some of these soldiers go and fight in any of the World Wars?” Possibly World War II?

At 12:26 there are photos of Marine Drive, first called Washington Avenue, and a bus with the word “Vancouver” on it which must have taken people to and from Vancouver. What was the trip like back then?

15;15 – Apparently, there was quite a large fire at one point along Marine Drive.

Near the end of the video, we begin to White Rock resemble the way it looks today, minus the high rises. There are some photos of the Tour de White Rock, the well-known bike race that tests cyclists as they race up and down the city’s steep hill’s.

Photo:  Traces of Evidence – A Pictorial History of White Rock, BC

Following the Province of BC’s lead, the City of Surrey is taking a phased approach to recreation facilities, programs, and parks. Surrey’s approach is great for Public Health, but it can make it confusing to know what’s open and what’s not open?  What activities are available and which ones aren’t. There’s also the challenge of what procedures have to be followed by recreation facility operators and people who want to participate in recreational activities.  As many business owners and recreational facility staff are discovering, it’s an arduous process to fulfill all of the cleaning requirements and have people follow protocols. Thus the delay and reluctance to open facilities.

With all that in mind, we thought it might be helpful to investigate what’s open and what can you do as we move to phases in which facilities and activities are becoming available once again. 

At the time of writing here are some of the things that you can and can’t do in the City of Surrey:

Want to read a book or watch a DVD?
Even though Surrey’s major Civic facilities including Parks, Recreation, and Culture and Library facilities will remain closed until early September,  However, Surrey’s libraries are open for take out service.

“The response from our community through the Resuming Library Services Survey was clear,” said Neelam Sahota, chair of the Board of Trustees of Surrey Libraries. “People are eager to borrow physical materials like books and DVDs and return the items they’ve had at home since March. However, people also told us that they’re not ready to come back into the branches for programming or browsing just yet.”*

To access the service you can either call one of the six participating branches or fill out an online form at www.surreylibraries.ca/takeout. You will be able to pick up your holds and return items when you arrange a pickup time.

Surrey Outdoor Pool

Outdoor Pools
Now that temperatures are warming up, you and your kids might be ready for a swim. If you are, Surrey’s outdoor pools are open for free including Bear Creek, Greenaway, Hjorth Road and Kwantlen and Crescent Beach

Fitness Classes
A common theme during COVID-19 is people complaining that they seem to be more prone to make unhealthy choices while they are stuck at home. That said, you may want to check out a fitness class. On July 19th Surrey Recreation announced that they will be opening a number of small group, outdoor fitness classes in parks. There are a  variety of classes being offered that are intended to help you get out of the house and become healthy and active again with little or no equipment. 

You can see what classes are being offered and what classes have been canceled at https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/20654.aspx.  Registration is available online or on the phone at 604-501-5100.

Surrey Day Camps

Summer Day Camps
On July 6th limited, outdoor summer camps for children ages 3 to 12 began. Surrey staff are offering modified day camps at locations across the city. To register you have to go online or call 604-501-5100. See https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/8052.aspx

 

 

Source and photos: “Surrey’s Response to COVID-19” https://www.surrey.ca/city-government/30805.aspx and Recreation Surrey https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/17097.aspx Pool photo: Photo: https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/10922.aspx

For Sale: 206 – 13959 16 Avenue, Surrey – MLS# R2460050

WOW! This is great value for this condo!

The complex will give you peace of mind because of the many updates including a newer roof, siding, windows, and a full rain screen exterior.

The condo has been well maintained by the current owner and offers a great location, close to transit, plenty of shopping, and is close to White Rock Beach. Amenities include a common rooftop deck with ocean views, beautiful well-kept gardens, and exercise room, lounge, library, and more. 

South Surrey Condo for Sale

 

 

 

 

 

Inside, this bright 2 bedroom and 2 bath unit overlooks a private western green space that’s perfect for enjoying morning coffee from your balcony, and well removed from the street frontage. 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Features:

  • This is an age-restricted 55+ complex.
  • Washer and dryer,
  • One underground parking stall
  • Storage
For more information contact Mike Wilson, Remax Treeland, 604-533-3491