White Rock Farmers’ Market changes hours after complaints

WHITE ROCK — The White Rock Farmers’ Market has changed the times for its upcoming summer season to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, an hour later than previous years.

The change comes after White Rock council shifted the vendor setup time from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in response to complaints about noise. Those complaints came from the strata council of Miramar Tower A, a building that shares the plaza used by the market.

"That’s not what we signed up for," said strata president Cliff Annable about the noise.

At the same city council meeting, staff was also asked to look into the closure of Russell Avenue for the market and if there were any options to move part of the market elsewhere to keep the street open.

"Every year the market has to get its permit from the city and we follow the permits and what’s set out for us," said Coun. Helen Fathers, also executive director for the market. "We wouldn’t do anything contrary to that and so onwards we go."

Meanwhile, the White Rock market has been nominated as "Best Farmers’ Market in B.C." by the British Columbia Association of Farmers’ Market.

"It is an honour to be recognized for the work we do in our community and throughout the province of British Columbia’s 125 Markets," said Fathers.

"We offer a first-class service and have shown enormous growth over our last 15 years of operation."