Jordan Hurdal turned his family farm on the Willoughby slope into a farm-gate business of sorts.
His family has been farming 98 acres off Glover Road for the past 30 years. But until recently, his parents had focused their efforts on hay production. "Two years ago, I made the decision to grow some of my own things," Hurdal said, anxious to have organic produce free of all the sprays.
This year, the 37-year-old, second-generation farmer ramped up his production level, after the seed of the idea for Willoughby Farm market was planted.
Working in partnership with his wife Brianne, he's hoping this endeavour can breath new life into the family farm.
More than two weeks ago, they swung open the proverbial farm gate on the back end of their property, on the 208th Street side.
I know I'm not the only motorist who has whizzed by Jordan, just catching a glance of the farm market as it's been coming together in the 6700 block of 208th Street - you know, right on the curve.
But learning now that it's not an out-of-towner throwing up a tent on the side of the road to milk money out of us locals without even paying for basic licensing; and knowing it's a local farmer trying to make a go, rest assured I'll be stopping in to load up.
Hurdal grows much of his own produce: butter and romaine lettuce, garlic, kale, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, beets, and carrots. He's picking up fresh berries daily from farms in Abbotsford, and as of last weekend, his wife and mother brought in fresh cut flowers from their farm, as well as home-baked apple, strawberryrhubbarb, and triple-berry pies. "People are going crazy for the fresh-baked pies," he said, excited by the reaction already gotten from passersby who have stopped.
Usually, he said, people admit to passing by the market six or more times before stopping in. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, the new farm market is open until late October.
PST webinar available For Langley business owners who need to learn more about the Provincial Sales Tax, the Ministry of Finance has arranged another interactive webinar on Sept. 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., where operators are given tips on transitioning their business to the PST. Registration and information at www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach.
@ Copyright 2013