Market News

What's Fresh at the West End- July 15

Summer is in full swing and every week we seem to have more and more amazing produce popping up at the West End Farmers Market!  Along with all the berries and cherries, will also be having crepes from Chouchou Crepes and handcrafted sterling silver jewelry from Ildiko Jewelry.


In Season:

Blueberries | Garlic Scapes | Cherries | Salad Greens | Summer Squash | Chard | Green Peas | Radishes | Potatoes | Eggs | Cheese| Seafood | Honey | Sunflowers | Mushrooms…Check out the full IN SEASON LIST HERE!

Photo credit: BC Blueberry Council

Make sure to also read the latest In Season blog post that features berries, berries, and more berries!  There’s even a delicious recipe for blueberry lemon pudding pie!


Sunflowers and Peaches

Along with their gorgeous gladiolas, Warmerdam Flowers will also be bringing sunflowers this weekend! Make sure to come early to grab some flowers to brighten up any room!

PEACHES!!! Snowy Mountain Organics will be bringing the first peaches of the season to the West End this weekend and we could not be more excited!


 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!


Join us at Trout Lake - July 15th

Berries are out in full swing at the Trout Lake Farmers Market. Come and get them! Stop in at Apple Barn for delicious goose berries and currents. Visit Langley Organics for sweet locally picked raspberries, soo good you may just want to buy them by the flat…


Produce: beans, beets, blackberriesblueberries, broccolini, bok choi, cabbage, callaloocarrotscauliflower, chard, cherrieschives, collards, currents, eggplant, garlic, garlic scapes, heirloom tomatoes, greenhouse cucumbers, greenhouse peppers, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mini peppers, mushrooms, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, raspberriessalad mixspinach, strawberries, tayberries, 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


CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK’S FULL TROUT LAKE VENDOR LIST

THE TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET RUNS EVERY SATURDAY, 9AM-2PM UNTIL OCT 21


Featured Vendor

JASBIR COOKING UP HER FAMOUS
VEGGIE PAKORAS ONSITE AT THE MARKET

Jasbir Mandair has been coming to VFM markets since early 2016, and currently sells her berries, mixed vegetables, and hot pakoras at our markets. She has been growing commercially in British Columbia since 1983, but her farming roots go much deeper to a childhood spent on her family’s farm in the Punjab. VFM staffers recently had the opportunity to talk with her and tour the farm she runs with her son Sajan in Abbotsford.

FOR THE FULL Q & A WITH JASBIR CLICK HERE!

Mandair Farms is at the Riley Park Farmers Market all season!


Upcoming Events

Berry fest – It’s time again to celebrate our annual Berry Festival at Mount Pleasant Market Yay! There will be tons of fun Berry related activities for all! We will be hosting a Berry Tasting, Kids Activities and of course our BC Berry Pie Contest!

Where/When?

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market (Pie Contest Day) – Sunday July 16th from 10am to 2pm

  • Berry Fest Info Page here

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 Riley Park - July 15


We have lots of great vendors coming to the plaza at Riley Park again this Saturday, bringing fresh food & more to the neighbourhood! Join us for some tasty eats, great music, and sunny times! We look forward to seeing you there.


What’s in Season:

arugula, baby bok choi, basil, beans, beets, bell peppers, blueberries, carrots, cabbage, chard, cherries, collards, cucumber, dill, eggplant, garlic, green peas, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, pickling cucumber, potatoes, radish, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, shallots, spinach, strawberries, turnips, winter squash, zucchini

CHECK OUT OUR IN SEASON BLOG FOR RECIPES AND COOKING TIPS FEATURING PRODUCE THAT’S IN SEASON NOW!


Make Sure to Check out:

Paul’s Produce – berries, berries, berries!

The Farm House Natural Cheeses – farmstead artisan cheeses from Agassiz, BC.

River and Sea Flowers – Gorgeously vibrant certified organic flower arrangements from Westham Island.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S RILEY PARK VENDORS HERE


Vendor Feature:

Jasbir cooking up her famous veggie pakoras onsite at the market

Jasbir Mandair has been coming to VFM markets since early 2016, and currently sells her berries, mixed vegetables, and hot pakoras at our markets. She has been growing commercially in British Columbia since 1983, but her farming roots go much deeper to a childhood spent on her family’s farm in the Punjab. VFM staffers recently had the opportunity to talk with her and tour the farm she runs with her son Sajan in Abbotsford.

FOR THE FULL Q & A WITH JASBIR CLICK HERE!

Mandair Farms is at the Riley Park Farmers Market all season!


Summer Markets Are Here!

Trout Lake – Saturdays 9am-2pm –North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park

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
Downtown – Thursdays 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, Saturdays 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.


VISIT US AT THE RILEY PARK PLAZA (50 E 30TH AVE), EVERY SATURDAY, 10AM-2PM, UNTIL OCTOBER 7TH

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE RILEY PARK LOCATION HERE

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


This week's recipe: Fresh Pea Hummus

Fresh Pea Hummus

by: Vanessa Vorbach

Ingredients

2 cups fresh shelled peas

3 Tbsp olive oil

4 Tbsp lemon juice

¼ cup of your favourite fresh herb. Dill, parsley, cilantro, basil or mint work great!

1-2 gloves of garlic

salt, pepper to taste

Optional: Dijon mustard

Directions

1.    Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add peas. Cook for about 2 minutes, drain and rinse them with cold water.

2.    Add all ingredients in a food processor and pulse for about 30 minutes. Add a bit of water or oil if you like the consistency on the creamier side.

3.    Adjust seasoning to your liking. Add more garlic, salt, or lemon to taste and some pepper

 

Serving options:

–        as a dip with sliced cucumbers, carrots, celery, apple

–        for sandwiches or lettuce wraps on a flatbread with grilled vegetables

–        as a pesto with zucchini noodles, olives and capers

–        on a sweet potato toast with sliced avocado


The Weekend Starts Now - July 13

The Weekend Starts Now!

Planning on spending your lunch hour enjoying the CBC Musical Nooners? Swing by the Downtown Farmers Market on way and pick up some lunch and market fresh food! We’ve got delicious options for you. Check out Cheeses Crust, Old Country Pierogi & El Coroto for quick lunch options!

Don’t forget to pick up a Loyalty Lunch Card from the market info tent and every 8th lunch is on us!

OR… make your own lunch and stock up for the weekend with a little tour around the market! Cherries, berries, and peas make for easy to eat items while carrots & cucumbers are great ways to enjoy hummus! How about some kale chips for a healthy snack? Grab a drinkable yogurt or coffee. We will even have croissants, cookies, brownies and refreshing popsicles to keep you cool! Rumour has it we will see the first peaches this week too.


In Season: July

Peaches | Blueberries | Raspberries | Cherries | Beets | Garlic | Peas | Turnips | Spinach | Salad Greens | Fennel | Carrots | Eggplant | Broccoli | Cucumbers | Tomato’s | Zucchini

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

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: BasilMixed Kale BunchMini Romaine LettuceBroccoliniMini Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Patty Pan Squash, cherriesTomatoes, Strawberry Jam

NEW! Customize your FreshBox with an option of adding eggs or bread!

ORDER YOUR FRESHBOX FOR JULY 20 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.