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In Season: Sensational Stone Fruit

Summertime, and the eatin’ is easy…


Nature Village stall at Downtown Farmers Market, where you can find produce picked the same day you buy it.

Folks, we’ve officially arrived at that point in the year when you’ll find a dizzying array of fruits and vegetables at the markets – Christmas in July for all us locavores.

It’s the time of year when you often buy more than you can eat, just because everything looks so darn beautiful. In July, you don’t even have to ask yourself what’s for dinner coz you know it’s going to be a big pile of colourful veggies, probably not even cooked.

Zucchini? Slice it thin and eat it raw. Ditto for peppers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, and kale. If you’re vegetarian, you probably have one of those spiralizers that makes everything look gorgeous… or how about grilled peaches with a little grass-fed cheese and baguette for dinner?

Bingo. It’s stone fruit showtime, and local apricots, peaches, cherries, and plums are not going to get any better than they are this month.

© Trudy Ann’s Chai


Where to buy: the famously delicious peaches from Klippers Organics made their debut at Trout Lake Market last week, and Golden West are bringing the first pick of their organic Bing and Rainier cherries there this Saturday. For midweek stone fruit munching, check out Rai Produce’s selection of cherries, apricots, peaches, and *gasp* early apples at Main St. Station and Downtown Markets.

How to choose & store: when selecting stone fruit, look for vibrantly coloured flesh that yields slightly and has the tell-tale sweet and flowery smell of ripeness. Refrigerate unwashed in a plastic bag and make sure to eat within 2-5 days. 


Fruity sipping: try Apricot Ambrosia Chai made with BC apricots from Trudy Ann’s Chai & Spices. Hot or iced, we bet it would pair well with this week’s In Season recipe for a divine-looking Peach & Mascarpone Tart from local blogger and photographer Foodiecouver

Credit: @foodiecouver

Peach & Mascarpone Tart



3.5 ounces gingersnap cookies
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 ounces mascarpone cheese
3 ounces cream cheese,
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
1-2 ripe peaches, cut into thin slices
This recipe makes two 4-inch tarts. You can double the recipe to make a 9-inch tart.


For crust:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Finely grind gingersnaps in food processor. Add butter and blend until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press mixture over bottom and up sides of the tart pans with removable bottom. Bake crust until colour darkens, pressing sides with back of spoon if beginning to slide, about 8 minutes. Cool completely.
For filling:
Beat first 7 ingredients in medium bowl until smooth. Beat in crystallized ginger. Spread filling in prepared crust. Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
For topping:
Top with sliced peaches. Serve, or refrigerate up to 6 hours.

What's Fresh at Trout Lake - July 22

It’s stone fruit season at the Markets! Come get your peaches, plums, apricotscherries and more…. Stop in at Stein Mountain Farm for delicious organic cherries and apricots. Also be sure to pop by Klippers Organics for some sweet summer peaches.

Produce: beans, beets, blackberriesblueberries, broccolini, bok choi, cabbage, callaloocarrotscauliflower, chard, cherrieschives, collards, currents, eggplant, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, greenhouse cucumbers, greenhouse peppers, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mini cukesmini peppers, mushrooms, onions, peachespeas, potatoes, radishes, raspberriessalad mixspinach, strawberries, turnips, wild mushrooms, zucchini

 Meats, Seafood, Dairy: Beef, Bison, Halibut, Pork, Duck, Salmon, Turkey, Chicken, Cod, Cheese, Eggs

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




Bring your old, broken or unwanted small appliances for a day of family fun! Located in the Trout Lake Park neighbouring the market, Recyclefest is happening Saturday July 22! They will have Bouncy Castles, Photo Booths, Popcorn, Arts and Crafts, Caricaturists and much more….

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:

Kitsilano – Sundays, 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.

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-2pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

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

For more Info on the Trout Lake Farmers Market click here

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

What's Fresh at Main St Station - July 19

Stone Fruit From Rai Produce

July Fresh Guide

Apricots | Blueberries | Raspberries | Cauliflower | Lettuce | Bison | Turnips | Radishes | Eggs | Chicken  | Patty Pan Squash | Herbs | Kholrabi | Cucumbers | Seafood | Collard Greens | Peaches | Cherries | Cheese | Grass Fed Butter | Strawberries | Peas | Zucchini

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: Stone Fruit!

Peaches, apricots and cherries are popping up at the market and we couldn’t be more excited for these juicy fruits. This week Rai Produce will have 2 varieties of cherries, peaches and apricots. Stay tuned until we get organic cherries from Summerland from Golden West Nurseries on July 26th.


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 - July 16

What’s Fresh

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

Check out our In Season at the Markets  blog to read about all the summer berries!


Don’t Miss


Telus, a sponsor of the markets, will be bringing promo and service activations of PureFibre internet, as well as be sure to stop by for a Market Money draw for $50!

KidSafe Donation Station

The KidSafe Project Society is a Vancouver-based charity whose mission is to provide nurturing safe havens fro vulnerable inner-city children when schools are traditionally closed. This week, drop by the KidsSafe Donation Station and donate, so the project can provide nutritious meals to children using market produce.

Kits Cafe Special 

Three Sisters Winery Vineyard

 At the south end of the market around the corner is the Kits Cafe, full of fun products and with its own busker! There is often coffee, alcoholic drinks, and other treats. Serving up sweets are Johnny’s Pops & Take A Fancy Chocolate.  Left Field Cider and Three Sisters Winery will be serving up cold beverages for you to enjoy (at home) and sample. Enjoy handmade delights from Old Country Pierogi and The Raw Guy. The farmers market can’t leave out the farmers though! Home Farm Gardens is a lavender farm and nursery and Hill Top Farms will have an abundance of cherries!


  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 – Saturdays 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.

What's Fresh at Mt Pleasant Market-July 16th? Berry Fest!

Berries, Berries, Berries!

Join us at Berry Festival and celebrate the berry best season!  Now is the perfect time to stock up by the flat-load!  Find berry recipes, limited edition berry treats and taste berries from our local farmers including:

Sull Farms: raspberries and blueberries

Fresh Quality Produce: raspberries,blueberries,strawberries

Mandair Farms: raspberries,blueberries and strawberries

Applebarn Farms: gooseberries and currants

#berryfestival 🙂

And bring your fork, there is Mmmmm PIE!!

Our BC Berry Pie Competition is on this Sunday! Pie entries are now FULL but you can taste the winning pies by donation throughout the competition!

Plus you can pick up a whole pie from Her Majesty’s Pie Company this Sunday too! Which one is your favourite?

Mixers and Elixirs created a Verrry Berrry Shrub using Maan Farm Berries and is selling it by the glass this Sunday. It’s delicious! Grab yours before they are gone!

July Fresh Guide

Blueberries  | Garlic Scapes | Raspberries | Lettuce | Turnips | Radishes | Eggs | Chicken  | Patty Pan Squash | Herbs | Kholrabi | Cucumbers | Seafood | Collard Greens | Cherries | Cheese | Grass Fed Butter | Strawberries






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.



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