Market News

Canada Day at the West End Farmers Market!

It’s almost Canada Day!!! So make sure to gather all the goodies you need for the beach and BBQ at the West End Farmers Market.  Don’t miss kale crunches from The Raw Guy or hummus from BobAli Hummus, Pestos, and Tapenades for some quick beach snacks or Wild Foraged for delicious mushrooms to throw on the BBQ!


In Season:

Strawberries | Garlic Scapes | Raspberries | Salad Greens | Mushrooms | Chard | Turnips | Radishes | Potatoes | Zucchini | Eggs | Cheese| Seafood | Honey…Check out the full IN SEASON LIST HERE!


Member Appreciation Day!

Bring you membership cards because this Saturday is also Member Appreciation Day! Keep an eye out for member special signs on vendor tents for some good deals!  Here are some of the deals we already know of:

  • Aussie Pie Guy: $3 off one pie
  • Blue Comet Seafoods: 10% off Keta salmon fillets
  • Gelderman Farms: 5% off all purchases
  • Kiki’s Kitchen: $1 single jar of soup ($10/each) or 3 jars for $30
  • Klipper’s Organic Acres: $50 off/night guest suites when booked directly
  • Maan Farms: buy 2 bottles of Estate Wines and get a free small basket of raspberries
  • The Raw Guy: 2 for $7 kale crunches (regularly $5 each)

Not a member?  Sign up online, or at the information booth on market day!


Try This: Strawberries and Cream Popsicles for Canada Day! 

Strawberries and Cream Dairy Free Popsicles from Coconut Mama

Cool off and take advantage of all the amazing fresh strawberries with these simple strawberries and cream popsicles!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of fresh strawberries
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Instructions:

  • Puree strawberries and 1 tbsp of honey in a food processor, set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine coconut milk, vanilla extract, and 2 tbsp of honey.
  • Fill your popsicle molds, alternating between the strawberry puree and the coconut mixture, until the molds are filled.
  • Freeze until frozen (of course…), about 5-8 hours. Enjoy!

Evo Car Share will have a booth set up at the West End this weekend. Take advantage of their great sign up promo for market shoppers – free membership + 30 mins driving!


West End’s 20th Birthday Promo!

To celebrate the West End’s 20th birthday, we will be having weekly draws for $20 of market money! What do you have to do to enter?  Come by the info booth on Saturday to sign up for our weekly newsletter!


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

Riley Park – opened 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!


The Weekend Starts Now - June 29

The Weekend Starts Now!

Start your long weekend off with a visit to the market this Thursday! Stock up on all your farm fresh Canada Day weekend supplies. Whether you’re having a BBQ, going to the beach or attending other festivities we’ve got you covered!

For the BBQ – Craft beverages: Wayward Distillation House brings their popular Unruly Vodka and Unruly Gin from the Comox Valley and BC Wine Studio will be will have their signature Siren’s Call from the Okanagan.

For the beach – Prepare easy & health snacks: Grab some carrots from Sole Food and dip from BobAli Hummus, Pestos and Tapenades. Cherries & snap peas are some other favourites!

For other festivities – Consider building a sandwich: A slice of The Farm House Natural Cheeses award winning heidi goes great with Rising Knead Sourdough bread and a slice of an Applebarn’s heirloom tomato to create a tasty sandwich for those on the go!

We’ve got great lunch options at the food trucks this week and lots of items that make great snacks to take back to the office. The food tuck lineup this week includes Gaia Ma, Disco Cheetah & Cheeses Crust bringing you a variety of tasty lunch options! Make sure to pick up a Loyalty Lunch Card from the market info tent and every 8th lunch is on us!


In Season:

Strawberries | Cherries | Garlic Scapes | Snap Peas | Turnips | Spinach | Salad Greens | Fennel | Check out what else your local farmers are expecting to bring to market HERE!


Meet our Farmers:

Maan Farms – Started in 1977, Maan Farms began by producing cole crops, but soon shifted to growing the delicious strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Swing by their stall for a sample and have a taste of these juicy berries!

BC Garlic Growers – is a certified organic family owned operation that strives to bring the best garlic flavours to you! The harvest season starts with delicious green garlic scapes used for soups, stews, stir-fries and pesto. Find scapes at the market now but get them while you can – they are only in season for a short time.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S DOWNTOWN MARKET VENDORS HERE


Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box

No time to shop? Order a FreshBox! With a Downtown Farmers Market FreshBox you’ll get a market shopping trip done in 5 minutes. Pickup is Thursday at the Downtown Farmers Market.

For $25 per week, you get a 5-7 items packed and ready to go home with you! Here’s what was in last weeks fresh box: Salad Mix, Kohlrabi, Apple Cider, Garlic Scapes, Cherries, Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Bok Choy, Carrots

NEW! You can customize your FreshBox by adding eggs or bread!

ORDER YOUR FRESHBOX FOR JULY 6 NOW


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.), EVERY THURSDAY, 11AM-3PM, UNTIL OCTOBER 5TH

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION HERE

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

 


What's Fresh at Main St Station - June 28


June Fresh Guide

Strawberries | Garlic Scapes | Raspberries | Lettuce | Turnips | Radishes | Eggs | Chicken  | Herbs | Kale | Cucumbers | Seafood | Collard Greens | Cherries | Cheese | Grass Fed Butter

Check out our In Season at the Markets blog for a full market fresh guide.

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


In Season Now: Garlic Scapes

Ivan Rocambole Scapes from BC Garlic Growers

Garlic scapes are the most delicious and versatile seasonal garlic product. They differ in shape, size and flavors just like bulbs – BC Garlic Growers brings 4 varieties to the market! They can be used in stir fry, soups, stews and chopped up in salads as well as for making crunchy garlic pesto. Garlic scapes have a very short growing season, available only late June until early July – grab them this Wednesday before they’re gone until next year!

Abdul proudly showing off his garlic scapes!

Garlic Scape Chutney

3/4 cup chopped garlic scapes, tops removed
1/2 cup fresh mint packed
1/2 cup roasted almonds
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 jalapeño or serrano pepper
1 tbsp lime juice
1/3 cup olive oil
paneer

Place all the above ingredients in a food processor and pulse until uniformly granular. Enjoy as a condiment for savory dishes or as a sandwich spread!

Recipe from: BC Garlic Growers

Don’t Miss: Berry Festival – July 12th


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


Downtown Market Fresh Box - June 22

This week’s Fresh Box was full of colour and flavour.  The market is bursting with greens and cherries and berries have hit the scene!

 In this week’s Fresh Box:
Salad Mix
– SoleFood Farms
Kohlrabi – Abundant Acres
Apple Cider – Taves Family Farm
Garlic Scapes – BC Garlic
Cherries – Rai Produce
Cherry Tomatoes – Taves Family Farm
Baby Bok Choy – One Love Farm
Carrots – Nature Village Farm

Never Tried Garlic Scapes?
Garlic scapes are the curly tendrils of the garlic bulb plant – cutting them off helps the plan to focus growing energy on the bulb. They’ve gained a bit of a cult following and local garlic fans look forward to their appearance at the market each spring/summer.
As Abdul from BC Garlic says, “Garlic scapes are the most versatile vegetable – anything you can do with any other vegetable, you can do with garlic scapes”.  We agree – try them pickled, chopped up in fried rice, stir-fried with other favourite veggies, sauté them, make pesto or use them to season dishes as you would garlic (with a milder flavour).

Check your Fresh Box for a bunch of garlic scapes and a delicious recipe from BC Garlic that uses cherry tomatoes too!

Thanks for picking up a Fresh Box and don’t forget to order one for next week!


What's Fresh at Kitsilano - June 25

What’s Fresh

Fresh from Soban Organic Farm at Yarrow Ecovillage

Stawberries | Garlic Scapes | Lettuce | Turnips | Radishes | Peas | Eggs | Chicken | Raspberries | Mushrooms | Herbs | Kale | Cucumbers | Seafood | Collard Greens | Carrots | Cheese

CHECK OUT OUR IN SEASON AT THE MARKETS BLOG FOR A FULL MARKET FRESH GUIDE.

CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK’S FULL KITSILANO VENDOR LIST


Product Features – Raspberries and Fresh Sockeye

Raspberries from Fresh Quality Produce

This week at least two farms will have their first week of raspberries! Both in Abbotsford and family run, Paul’s Produce and Fresh Quality Produce will have some. Not sure how fast they’ll sell out, so come early!

Blue Comet Seafoods will be bringing fresh sockeye fillets from the Nass Region this weekend. Skippers Tony and Sasha have been selling at the Vancouver Farmers Markets for over 10 years and have been fishing for a combined 75 years between the two of them!


Opening Day for Riley Park – June 24th

Don’t forget to check out the newest market, Riley Park, across the street from the Nat Bailey winter market location. Saturdays, 10am-2pm, this weekend will have opening day festivities at 10am including cake!


  Summer Market Schedules

  • Trout Lake – Saturdays 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
  • West End – Saturdays 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
  • Mt Pleasant – Sundays 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
  • Main St Station – Wednesdays 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain
  • Downtown – Thursdays 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.