We get asked for a printable copy of our beautiful winter market poster. Once again, Miranda from Hudsonny Design + Handmade has donated her services in designing and producing this poster and if you need a graphic designer we have nothing but good things to say about her!

Here is a jpg version of our poster good for sharing (click to make it bigger):

 

And here is a PDF version if you’d prefer!

RCFM 2011-2012 Winter Poster small

We’ve been asked for a few more details about the winter market so here is a list of some of the Frequently Asked Questions we’re getting.

Where is River Market?

River Market is the building that many of you know as Westminster Quay. It is located at 810 Quayside Drive on the riverfront in New Westminster. It’s been beautifully renovated and is currently being filled with tenants and is open for business. You can find River Market on Facebook, Twitter, and on the web. Here’s a map:

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How do we get to it?

You can get to River Market a few ways: You can transit by taking the skytrain and walking from New Westminster Station. You can take the overhead walkway or you can access it on level ground via Begbie Street or the McInnes Overpass. You can take a number of different buses that terminate at New West Skytrain station – 123, 112, C9, 106, etc. Follow this link to use Translink’s planner to help you get from your house to New Westminster Station.

If you’re travelling by car, you can access via Quayside Drive which is accessible from Stewardson Way at Third Street, via the McInnes Overpass from Carnarvon Street, or you can acces from Columbia Street at Begbie Street. There is surface pay parking available on either end of River Market ($1.50 for two hours). For the market, we’ll be offering free accessible parking for those displaying the handicapped sign in their vehicle, as well as a few free 15 minute pick up parking spaces. Stay tuned for information about free parking options we are working on. Here are some great directions on River Market’s website.

What day and time is the Royal City Farmers Market winter market?

The winter market is once a month on the first Saturday of the month from November to April. It is from 10am-2pm.  The market will take place indoors and outdoors, upstairs and downstairs. The dates are November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7. If you want, you can sign up to get a reminder for the market, or you can also add our public online Google Calendar to yours.

How many vendors do you expect?

We expect about 40 vendors at each market (as a comparison, the market at the church hall the past two winters saw about 25) and you should expect to see fresh and preserved foods, crafts, kids’ activities, music, and community groups.

My community group / sport team / not for profit would like to come and fundraise at the market! How do we do that? 

We invite community groups to apply for free spaces by following the guidelines and application process here. Spaces are allocated and we encourage you to apply early. We do give preference to groups working in New Westminster and which are focused on food security, the environment, and health.

I have an awesome product I want to sell at your market! 

We are ever so pleased that we have extra space this year and can expand to include more vendors. As long as you have made, baked or grown the product yourself, we’d love to hear from you. Here is more info about becoming an RCFM vendor. We encourage people just starting out as well as seasoned pros to join our roster.

 

Any other questions? Please feel free to leave us a comment and we’ll update this FAQ as we are able.

We often get asked why our market is on Thursdays from 3-7. We know many of you work full time in traditional Monday to Friday jobs, and we understand that some weeks it is probably a stretch to make it to the market before it closes at 7. But there’s a lot of thought that went into choosing Thursday as our market day and 3-7 as our hours, and we wanted to share with you how that came to be!

In 2007 when planning was first started by community members interested in bringing a farmers market to New Westminster, they did what all smart folks should do, and they did a bit of research first. Who else was running markets? Where were they? What days and times were they on? It was important to know what was going on in other communities.

The density of the Lower Mainland means that most vendors don’t just do one market – they try and schedule many markets to maximize their time and find the best outlets for their products – but they can’t be in two places at once. Because our friends at established, longer running markets such as Haney, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, and Vancouver were all on weekends,  our founders knew it would be hard to find great quality vendors with a good list of followers if RCFM tried to compete with the already busy weekend market crowd. The same year RCFM started, other markets were in the works too and they were doing their homework as well. And thus, the mid-week market was born. It was the only way to start a vibrant, well balanced market.

RCFM founding organizers also knew they couldn’t please everyone with their time of day, and picked 3-7 to try and cater to as many demographics as possible: the kids and after school, the commuters heading home, the retired folks, and the vendors, too. We’ve been asked more than once if we’d consider staying open later than 7 – even for part of the season – but if you’ve been to the market in the later part of the season, you know it’s already dark at 7 and our vendors come from places that can be up to a two hour drive. They need to get home early as possible to prepare for their busy days ahead and get some rest. We also didn’t want to have different hours within the same season – we thought it would be easy to forget that the market is open later for part of the season. It would be confusing to a lot of people who already have busy schedules.

The market opens for the summer 2011 season June 9th 2011 and runs Thursdays from 3-7. You can still catch us at the winter market March 12 and April 9th from 10-2 at Holy Trinity Cathedral.