Public can vote for favourite Langley farm producer

Voting closes for first annual We Heart Local people's choice awards on Aug. 5

Local berry farmer Rhonda Driediger is a founding partner in the first “We Heart Local” people’s choice awards which allow the public to vote on their favourite local farm producer in B.C.

People can nominate their favourites across 15 categories — ranging from Favourite B.C. Farmers Market, U-Pick Farm, to Fave Winery, Brewery, Cheese Maker, Meat Suppliers and more.

Buy Local. Eat Natural launched the awards July 1, and the contest runs through to Aug. 5. This first-of-its-kind popular choice awards program invites all of B.C. to recognize and elevate favourite key players across the food and agriculture industry throughout the province. Langley producers have made the nominations and votes are coming in for One Fish Two Fish, Vista D’Oro, Dead Frog Brewery, Township 7, Driediger Farms, Krause Berry, and more.

Driediger, of Langley’s Driediger Farms is chair of the BC Agriculture Council, and founding partner of the We Heart Local Awards.

“No doubt, there’s a movement underway to support and celebrate eating and buying local,” said Driediger. “The We Heart Local Awards will leverage this momentum in British Columbia and get people even more invested in lifting up their local favourites and sharing information with one another in meaningful ways with meaningful outcomes.”

Nominations were open July 1 to 15. Anyone living in B.C. could nominate one or more favourites in the categories. Voting is open July 16 to Aug. 5. Anyone living in B.C. can vote for their favourite nominees in the categories listed below by visiting www.facebook.com/eatlocalnatural

Buy Local. Eat Natural. is a not-for-profit community forum that aims to promote and bring together B.C.’s local food products, growers and producers.