Liisa Hawes, or as most know her- The Apple Lady, has been a part of the HSCA Farmers' Market for over 5 years. Her and her dedicated team market fresh orchard and farm direct produce from B.C. growers. Their purchasing model is based off a fair-trade system, ensuring that the farmers and their employees are well-paid for their work. The Apple Lady team is also a consistent donor to our Fresh Food Basket Program, and for this and many other reasons, we are grateful to have them in our market family.
Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: I was visiting some old friends who are orchardists in B.C. and we were sitting around a swimming pool and learning the challenges involved for them in getting fair prices, even after getting through all the difficulties in getting a crop ready to deliver. I like to see small, local businesses thrive- and in that, I include these small, local farms and orchards. I like to be involved and encourage them to grow more varieties, develop new methods, and expand their product line through value added like juicing or drying.
Q: Why do you choose Farmers' Markets to sell your products?
A: I was selling at various other venues, but I do love being part of the bigger picture at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association as I can both learn and support through product donations. I love the challenge and support of both the customers and leaders.
Q: Why is it important to you to support local?
A: I think simple, local and small shifts in practices of sourcing food do make a difference for growers. I have seen small growers "come back to life" as producers, planting new varieties, developing storage, experimenting with preservation methods, investing in their farms and regaining HOPE.
Q: What do you love most about your HSCA Farmers' Market community?
A: I love this community of vendors and shoppers that go through thick and thin, show up in all weather, rejoicing along with us in every step forward, and still shopping when we are in trouble.
Q: Tell us something exciting that is up and coming for your business!
A: Good question! We need to reinvent ourselves constantly to stay current in the changing marketplace. We also have a fruit share program year-round.
Find her online, on Facebook, Pinterest and at our market every Wednesday! Liisa also has a bulk buy club each Monday for those looking for larger quantities- find this special group on Facebook.