Tara is a life-long farmers' market customer and remembers visiting markets since childhood. Tara joined Artisan Farmers' Markets in 2016, volunteering as a grant writer, and became general manager when co-founder Lyn Hainstock retired.
Tara is excited to be involved with the markets on the North Shore, where she lives, and in Burnaby, where she works.
She loves working with vendors to build their businesses as this is a real-world extension of teaching finance at Simon Fraser University, which she has been doing since 2002. It's great to both know so many successful small business owners and to help students aspiring to be the same.
North Shore Market Manager
Mahal is a Vancouverite and the co-owner of Reward Your Skin.
Before the Artisan Farmers Market, she sold her Artisan handmade soap at local flea markets in the greater Vancouver Area. As a Farmers' Market vendor, she noticed a community growing within Artisan Farmers' Market and wanted to be a part of it.
By day she’s a computer tech, fixing the tech issues of the world. Her creative side appears when she’s mixing batches of soaps and creating wonderful whiffs. “Our skin is the largest organ on our body and I think we should take care of it!” She exclaims.
Mahal loves shopping at the Farmers' Market and going home to cook with all her goodies. Coming from an IT support background, she loves to help people and looks forward to helping the Farmers' Markets grow by promoting the market through Social Media.
Burnaby Market Manager
Raised in Vancouver, Maria now has a farm she operates in the Fraser Valley.
She grows pesticide-free vegetables, fruit and nut trees and raises miniature sheep for pets, mini goats, free-range chickens that supply organic fed eggs, and beehives that supply her with honey.
She also loves growing Peonies, Dahlias, and Sunflowers on her farm.
She says "farm life can be hard work at times but it's very rewarding".