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Rare freezing temps brings out Surrey pond hockey enthusiasts


SOUTH SURREY — If you want the experience of skating outside under an azure sky you have a limited window of opportunity on one Surrey farm.

A recent cold snap in the Lower Mainland froze over many of the flooded fields in the Fraser Valley, and one farmer decided to take advantage by opening up skating to the public.

Jas Singh of God's Little Acre Farm allowed people to come last year during a five day cold snap which saw up to 3,500 skaters, but until recently the weather had been too warm.

"This year was literally impossible," he said as he hauled chairs to the edge of the pond. "I mean, two days ago it was a duck pond here, there was a thousand ducks in that pond. But what happened was we got that one day cold snap where it froze everything. And now with then minor cold going into minus three or four it'll hold it there."

Since opening again to the public word has travelled fast. There's been between 600 and 700 people visit the farm in the past two days alone.

"I might be 49 years old but I'm a kid so I just like watching the kids out there skating and watching the parents interact with them. And it's a great way to bring the kids to the farm and to expose them to farming so that's what we're doing here."

Singh has hot chocolate for sale and skates for rent with admission by donation, the proceeds of which is a target goal of producing 150,000 pounds of charity crops to be distributed to soup kitchens and individuals in need.

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