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Langley Neighborhood Farmers Market place wraps up one more year

The Langley Neighborhood Farmers Industry wrapped up its year on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

For its last industry working day, distributors included neighborhood farmers like Dhaliwal Farms, Corbicula Pollen, and New 2 U Farms Microgreens, among quite a few other individuals.

Carolyn Essaunce, chair of the current market and co-owner of Corbicula Pollen farm with her partner, has been attending the community industry given that 2019.

The corbicula, also known as the “pollen basket,” is portion of the tibia on the hind legs of bees which collects pollen from plants when bees retrieve nectar from deep in each plant. When they return to their hive, the bees use their head to squish the pollen into their hexagon cells, mixing it further more with nectar to compact and retail store it.

“In the hive, bees use honey just for their carbs, just their fuel. The bee pollen is a lot more protein per pound than beef, so it’s a most important protein source for bees,” Essaunce described.

Bee pollen is high in Nutritional vitamins A, B, and C, amino acids, and anti-oxidants. It can also assist increase immunity, and reduce inflammation.

Essaunce sells bee pollen collected from her hives scattered all around the Reduced Mainland on leased residence as smaller, chewable multi-vitamins.

“I use it as a chewable multi-vitamin – put some in my palm and eat it day-to-day. Some persons set it in salads, yogurt, or smoothies,” she explained.

On its individual, the bee pollen has an earthy flavor with a hint of honey taste.

Soon after graduating the beekeeping system at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, she labored as an assistant in the method and oversaw 400 colonies for the school, where by she saw the pollen traps in storage.

“One day I [decided] to place them on the hives… and I fell in adore with beekeeping,” she reminisced.

When KPU’s beekeeping plan was shut down, Essaunce purchased the traps at an auction so she could promote bee pollen.

“We are the only bee pollen processors in B.C.,” she reported.

In addition to bee pollen, her farm also sells honey and beeswax candles.

Persons fascinated can discover additional about bee pollen at corbicula.ca.

Amanda Smith, govt director of the Langley Neighborhood Farmers Industry, stated this time went really nicely for a 3rd calendar year at the arboretum.

“The time appears to get the job done the greatest mainly because men and women can arrive soon after faculty or operate or young children tactics, so it seems to match the vast majority of the neighborhood, for that 3 to 7 p.m.,” she stated.

Next year’s market place will also be at the arboretum many thanks to its central site and effortless obtain with a bus route and bike lanes on Fraser Highway, and heaps of parking. Overflow parking is also produced out there at the Saint Andrew’s Church.

Smith said they will be bringing back again the apple pie bake-off to end the time, wherever the public can also enter their home made apple pies.

“We will maintain our BeerCentric celebration, but we will be incorporating a wine week,” Smith exclaimed.

And, with more funding, she hopes to offer young ones crafts at the time a thirty day period at the market place.

The market place will start in June once again subsequent calendar year.

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