Following a disappointing market season in 2019, the board of directors of the Langley Community Farmers’ Market Society has made the difficult decision not to hold a market in 2020.
The board agreed at its December meeting to cease its regular Wednesday market and maintain minimum operations in 2020 to undertake a process of re-visioning the Langley Community Farmers Market.
“While this decision was not easy, it is one that we regretfully cannot avoid, given the state of the society’s finances after a disappointing 2019 market season,” said Paige Dampier, President of the LCFMS, the not-for-profit society that operates the market, which has been held on Wednesdays at the Langley campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 2008.
This decision comes on the heels of a disappointing 2019 market season, which saw a diminishing number of customers, which resulted in poor results for vendors and society revenues that feel significantly below projections.
The board was active last year in seeking input from both vendors and shoppers about the future of the market, and what changes might be incorporated to make it more viable, said Dampier. This included holding two engagement opportunities for vendors in November.
“Unfortunately, participation at these two workshops was low; however, the board did receive some valuable input from those who did attend,” she said.
The board has also received feedback from vendors and shoppers who took advantage of the opportunity to respond to surveys during the 2019 market season. Having taken all this information into account, the board has determined that the Market is not financially viable in its current format and further, that there is a broader need to understand how best to support small and medium-sized businesses in Langley, particularly farms, and the role of the LCFMS in this effort.
Accordingly, over the next few months, the board will to reflect and strategize on the future of the LCFM.
We thank our loyal shoppers and vendors for their support of the market over the years, and we look forward to keeping you apprised of our re-visioning process as it unfolds.
Updates will be posted to this website.
The Langley Community Farmers Market Board of Directors