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What's Fresh at the West End- June 3

The West End Farmers Market got off to a bright and sunny start last Saturday!  We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate our 20th birthday, with speeches from community members and a delicious cake from Blackberry Hill.  Thank you to everyone who came out to join the celebrations!

In Season:

The long, wet winter this year meant that many growers had a late start to the season…but even with all that, we will still have a variety of fresh produce from our vendors this weekend!

Peonies, beets, salad greens, rhubarb, mushrooms, chard, turnips, onions, potatoes, eggs, salmon, honey…check out the full in season list here!

Don’t Miss:

We have another exciting day at the West End Farmers Market ahead because this Saturday is Member Appreciation Day! Make sure to bring your membership card and keep an eye out for member special signs on vendor tents!  Not a member?  Sign up online, or at the information booth on market day!  Some member specials that we already know of are:

  • A Bread Affair: $1 off organic baguettes
  • French Made Baking: $1 plain croissants (limit 2 per member)
  • Le Meadow’s Jam: $1 off rhubarb jam
  • Matthew Freed Ceramics: 10% off any mug
  • Paul’s Produce: Frozen strawberries, 4lb bag for $7.99
  • Scentimental Creations: free pumice stone with purchase of peppermint foot gel or scrub
  • Take a Fancy Chocolates & Sweets: $1 off Fleur de Sel Caramels (reg. $8)
  • Wayward Distillation House: 10% off all purchases

Try This:

With hot summer days ahead, try using some of your market produce to flavour your water!  Throw together one of these combinations in your bottle and have delicious water throughout the day.

  1. Make it sweet: sliced strawberries and basil
  2. Make it fresh: sliced cucumber and mint leaves
  3. Make it spicy: fresh ginger and a touch of honey

 Summer Market Schedules

Trout Lake – opened May 6, 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park

Kitsilano – opened May 7, 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.

Mt Pleasant – opened May 28, 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph

Main St Station – opened May 31, 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain

Downtown – opens June 1, 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.

Get a complete list of this week’s West End Market vendors here.

Discover our six other summer market locations on our Markets Page.

Looking to get involved? Consider volunteering at the market! It’s a great way to get involved and help develop a more sustainable food system. We invite you to sign up via our ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and start volunteering this season!


We’re back Downtown with NEW HOURS!

Summer weekends start on Thursdays at the Downtown Farmers Market, where you can find all the farm-to-table goods you need for bbqs, beach picnics, and summer entertaining!

Shop fresh every Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza – your weekly source for the finest and freshest quality seasonal fruits & vegetablesethically raised meat, poultry, eggs & dairysustainable seafood, artisanal food & craft, and local craft beer, wine & spirits.

 

NEW LUNCHTIME HOURS! Come join us on your lunch hour each Thursday for delicious food cart offerings and a quick grocery shop during our new, convenient market hours of 11am-3pm. Pick up a Loyalty Lunch Card from the market info tent and every 8th lunch is on us! This week we’re excited to eat hearty chili from the Chilitank,  yummy pierogies from Old Country Pierogi and raclette from Cheese Me!


In Season Now

The cold, damp spring has resulted in a slow start to the season for growers across the board; many are reporting they’re a month behind planting, crops are struggling in the wet soil, and the lack of sunshine has been slowing down production. Despite these challenges you’ll find an abundance of fresh produce and new vendors!

Produce: basil, beets, carrots, chard, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, greenhouse cucumbers, greenhouse peppers, herbs, kale, mini peppers, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, turnips

Meats, Seafood, Dairy: Chicken, Cheese, Yogurt, Eggs, Bison

Other: Apple Cider, Honey, Preserves, Starter Plants

Don’t Miss:

Member Appreciation Day! We’re kicking the season off with MAD! VFM members will enjoy free market money transactions and discounts at various vendors around the market. Don’t forget your member cards! Need to sign up or renew your card? Swing by the market information booth and our team will be happy to help. Keep an eye out for the member special signs around the market and take advantage of some great savings!

Here’s a few examples of what to expect:

  • Le Meadow’s Pantry – $1 off rhubarb jam
  • Sole Food Street Farms – free bunch of herbs with any purchase over $10
  • Odd Society Spirits – $2 off 750 ml East Van Vodka and 750 ml Wallflower gin
  • Abundant Acre Family Farm – buy 2 bunches (beets, kale etc), save $1.
  • The Applebarn – Big Pepper Challenge Bag $5 (reg $6)
  • Take a Fancy Chocolates and Sweets – $1 off Fleur de Sel Caramels (reg $8)

Get a complete list of this week’s Downtown Market vendors here


No time to shop?  Don’t miss out on the fresh stuff – order a FreshBox, our weekly market CSA program.  $25 per week, packed and ready to go home with you!

The Fresh Box is a seasonal selection fruits and vegetables from multiple VFM Farmers brought together in a weekly box – delivered to your office (office group orders only) or picked up from the Downtown Farmers Market.

We do the picking and all you have to do is enjoy!


Help us spread the word! Print out a Downtown Farmers Market poster for your lunch room, and help promote the market on your social media channels with these handy sample posts and market photos!


Visit us at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.), Thursdays, 11am-3pm, June 1st –October 5th

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION HERE

DISCOVER OUR SIX OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.

 


We're Back at Main St Station!

We’re back for another food-filled season at Main St Station! Come enjoy the best in local food every Wednesday from 2pm-6pm, rain or shine!


Produce: beets, bok choi, cabbage, chard, collards, fennel, gai lan, greenhouse cucumbers,  kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mini peppers, mushrooms, napa cabbage, onions, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, shallots, turnips


Meats: beef, salmon, chicken

Other: frozen berries, garden starts, grass fed butter, cheese, eggs


Get a complete list of this week’s Main St Station vendors here

MAIN ST STATION RUNS EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 2PM-6PM UNTIL OCT 4



Visit us at our other Summer Market locations opening soon all across the city!

Looking forward to sunny warm days and the produce that comes with them. Our other summer markets can be found here

Trout Lake – opened May 6, 9am-2pm –North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park
Kitsilano – opened May 7, 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.
West End – opens May 27, 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
Mt Pleasant – opens May 28, 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
Downtown – opens June 1, 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.


Get a complete list of this week’s Main St Station vendors here

Find more information on the Main St Station location here

Discover our six other summer market locations on our Markets Page


What's Fresh at Kitsilano - May 28

What’s Fresh

Produce: apples, basil, beets, bok choi, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, chard, collards, daikon, eggplant, endive, fennel, fiddle heads, garlic, greenhouse cucumbers, greenhouse peppers, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mini peppers, mushrooms, napa cabbage, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pears, radishes, rhubarb, rutabaga, salad mix, savoy cabbage, spinach, strawberries, sunchokes, heirloom tomatoes, turnips, wild mushrooms

Meats, Seafood, Dairy: Halibut, Salmon, Chicken, Cod, Cheese, Eggs, Tuna

Other: Apple Cider, Dried Fruit, Honey, Peonies, Frozen Berries, Juice, Yogurt, Preserves, Starter Plants

CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK’S FULL KITSILANO VENDOR LIST


Vendor Feature – Shalefield and Warmerdam

Last summer, some market staff went on a farm tour to a few farms including Shalefield Organic Gardens and Warmerdam Flowers, both here this week at the market!

 

Shalefield is in the Columbia Valley, just past Cultus Lake and we were warmly welcomed by Brian with a farm tour, including aromatic greenhouses filled with tomatoes, raspberries and other goodies. This week Shalefield will be bringing strawberries and microbasil to the market for the first time this season.

 

 

Warmerdam Flowers mostly specialize in tulips, peonies, daffodils and gladiolas. We got to see their automated greenhouse system for growing tulips in the winter. Now that we are fully past winter, tulips are in full force and last week Caitlyn brought peonies for the first time this season and should have more this week as well.


Summer Market Schedules

  • Trout Lake – opens May 6, 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
  • West End – opens May 27, 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
  • Mt Pleasant – opens May 28, 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
  • Main St Station – opens May 31, 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain
  • Downtown – opens June 1, 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.

Get a complete list of this week’s Kitsilano Market vendors here.

Discover our six other summer market locations on our Markets Page.


Opening Day at Mount Pleasant - May 28

It’s opening day at Mount Pleasant Farmers Market this Sunday! We are very excited to be back in the neighbourhood for another summer season. Stop by to shop a wide variety of locally produced foods. Check out Dickies Ginger for delicious flavours of ginger beer and stop in at Blue Comet Seafood for B.C. caught Wild Salmon.


Produce: apples, beets, bok choi, butternut squash, cabbage, chard, collards, eggplant, fennel, garlic, greenhouse cucumbers, greenhouse peppers, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mini peppers, mushrooms, napa cabbage, onions, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, Savoy cabbage, spinach, shallots, heirloom tomatoes, turnips


Meats: Beef, Pork, Duck, Salmon, Turkey, Chicken

Other: Apple Cider, Dried Fruit, Honey, Frozen Berries, Juice, Pickles, Preserves


CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK’S FULL MOUNT PLEASANT VENDOR LIST

MOUNT PLEASANT FARMERS MARKET RUNS EVERY SUNDAY, 10AM-2PM UNTIL OCT 8


New Vendors

We’ve got some brand new vendors onsite this weekend at Mount Pleasant. Lets give them a warm market welcome!

Tiny Tummies – They make handcrafted, organic baby food, sold in a ton of different flavours. Check them out!

Cowichcan Pasta – Delicious, locally made pasta produced from ancient and modern grains. Stop by to show him some love!

Gaia Ma – A new addition to our food truck roster! They are dedicated to being a 100% organic and vegan food service, with lots of tasty options. Be sure to try them out!


Visit us at our other Summer Market locations opening soon all across the city!

Looking forward to sunny warm days and the produce that comes with them. Our other summer markets can be found here:

  • Trout Lake – opened May 6, 9am-2pm –North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park
  • Kitsilano – opened May 7, 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.
  • West End – opens May 27, 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
  • Main St Station – opens May 31, 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain
  • Downtown – opens June 1, 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave. 

For more Info on the Mount Pleasant Market click here

Discover our six other summer market locations on our Markets Page.