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,chard, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, greenhouse cucumbers, greenhouse peppers, kale, mini peppers, parsley radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, spinach, heirloom tomatoes
CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK’S FULL Mt P VENDOR LIST
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!
Lita’s Mexican Foods – $1 off (8oz/235ml vegan and organic) Authentic Mexican Salsa, Potatoes (taco filling), Mexican Beans, $1 off packages of tortillas (white or whole wheat)
A Bread Affair-$1 Organic Baguette
Georels -3 packs of Bone Broths for $40 – Mt. Pleasant (June 4, 11)
Green Coast Craft Coffee – 2 for 1 Cold Brew Iced Teas
Kiki’s Kitchen -$1 o purchase of Single Jar of Soup ($10/ea), or 3 Jars for $30
Le Bouledogue -20% o All Purchases
Tempea Natural Foods -Handmade Tempeh, $4.50 for 200g and $6 for 300g
Tien Neo Eames, jewels & spells -Tien will pay the tax on All Purchases
We’ve got some brand new vendors onsite this weekend at Mount Pleasant. Lets give them a warm market welcome!
Le Bouledogue: baked goods featuring local, seasonal ingredients
El Coroto Latin Kitchen: sell a traditional dish called Arepa (dough is formed into a patty, grilled, baked, split open and stuffed with a variety of ingredients like a sandwich) Yum!
Kasama Chocolate: chocolate handmade in small batches directly from cacao beans
Kikis Kitchen: vegan soups using organic, local ingredients
Alice Savage: fermented Sauerkrauts and vegetables
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.
Discover our six other summer market locations on our Markets Page.
What’s in Season
acorn squash, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, crimini mushrooms, delicata squash, endive, fennel, garlic, hazelnuts, kabocha squash, king oyster mushrooms, kohlrabi, leeks, napa cabbage, onions, parsnips, portobello mushrooms, potatoes, radishes, re
d kuri squash, rutabaga, savoy cabbage, shallots, shiitake mushrooms, spaghetti squash, sunchokes, turnips, walnuts
Win Free Lunch FOR A YEAR!
Pick up a Food Truck February Passport at our Info Booth and get it stamped each week when you purchase a food truck meal. Passport holders with 3 out of 4 stamps at the end of February will be entered to win the Golden Ticket – a food truck lunch every week at the markets FOR A YEAR! Imagine all the deliciousness you’ll be able todevour over a whole year…
Instagram Contest Alert! Post a pic of your food truck meal at the market and tag #FoodTruckFeb @vanmarkets and be entered to win a VFM tote bag, travel mug and Got It! bags!
Click HERE to learn more about Food Truck February
PNE Family Day Community Skate! Bring your family & your skates for a fun day of skating on February 13th! Learn more HERE.
Hastings Park Shoppers Card
Are you a regular Hastings Park shopper? Pickup your Hastings Shopper Card at our Information Booth and enjoy some great perks including:
- Free Market Money transactions ($2 value)
- Free “bunch” item after 5th visit*
- Free “basket” or “bag” item after 10th visit*
- Free “jar” item after 15th visit*
It’s free to join, just sign up for our weekly newsletter!
*all free items valued at a maximum of $3. Shopper card is available at Hastings Park only.
Help Spread the Word!
Love the market? Tell your friends and family about Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market to help this new market grow. Share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.
Be a Market Champion! Get a Hastings Park lawn sign and let your neighbours know where to find the freshest in local produce, all within a few minutes of their home. Pickup your lawn sign at the Info Booth this week!
See you at the market!
Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.
Find more information on the Hastings Park location here
Fun for the whole Family! #MtPFallFair
Don’t forget to bring your “Veggie Brag” or “Veggie on Parade” by 9:30am. To be judged by shoppers and vendors, and winners get great Market Swag!
Our famous annual Urban Pumpkin Patch brought by The Applebarn! Don’t forget to grab your pumpkin for Halloween and squash for Thanksgiving!
apples, basil, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, chard, cauliflower, chives, corn, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, fennel, onions, garlic, garlic scapes, green beans, head lettuce, peaches, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, salad mix, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini
Georels Smokehouse has Turkey Stock just in time for your Thanksgiving prep, and Old Country Pierogis has made some delicious turkey and cranberry pierogis!
Member Appreciation Day!
We love our members! You always get 15% off at Hello Coffee, and 15% off cool Merchandise like our fancy NEW totebag!
On Member Appreciation Day:
Applebarn – $1 Off Bag of Pepper Challenge
Lita’s Mexican Foods – $1 Off package of Fresh, Handmade Tortillas
Realmeals – 10% Off orders $40 and over
Tempea Natural Foods – Handmade Tempeh, $4.50 for 200gm pack and $6 for 300gm pack
Urban Digs Farm – 25% Off all Pork Cuts
Make sure to sign up for a membership at the information booth if you haven’t already to take advantage of all your member perks!
Acorn squash, apples, artichokes, beets, basil, beans, bell peppers, bitter melon, blackberries, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, dill, eggplant, fennel, garlic, gem squash, green onions, head lettuce, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mint, mushrooms, napa cabbage, onions, potatoes, peas, plums, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips
(photo has apples from new vendor Open View Orchard)
Fall Fair is Oct 2nd!
Pumpkin Patch, games, yummy treats! Fun for the WHOLE Family!
Plus there are two great CONTESTS all ages can enter! Win some great Vancouver Farmers Market swag!
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
This recipe for celery and cashew nut soup combines the subtle flavour of celery with the nuttiness of cashew.
1 medium sized onion, peeled and chopped
1 medium sized potato, peeled and chopped
1/2 head celery, wash, remove leaves and chop
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons broken cashew nuts
1 1/4 pints vegetable stock
3/4 pint milk
seasoning to taste
Melt the butter in a large saucepan.Saute the prepared vegetables gently until the onion is transparent. Add the cashews and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the stock, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.Add the milk and allow to cool slightly.Blend in a blender.Reheat to serve and add seasoning to taste.
Yield: 4 portions
For more Local Food Global Flavours look out for our recipe cards throughout the market!
Survey September at Mt Pleasant Market – help us learn about you and what you’d like to see at your market! Each week we’ll display different questions so grab some of our stickers, have some fun, and let us know what you’d like to see!
Pickup your Salt Spring Coffee’s Edible Scavenger Hunt card and complete 5 activities to be entered to win Salt Spring Island swag, $100 market money or tickets to our annual Ripe harvest dinner. #fairtofarmer
Help us spread the word about your market… ask for a poster for your building or business or leaflets to hand out. Sign out a Mt Pleasant Market lawn sign and tell you neighbours about this great market!
Fun for the whole family! Contests,games,pumpkin patch and great fresh food!
“You grew THAT?!” Veggie Brag contest!
Have you grown the weirdest,wildest,biggest fruit or veggie that everyone HAS to see?
“Veggies on Parade”
It’s okay to play with your food! Creatively display your fave fruits and veggies (don’t worry you don’t have to grown them yourself;) and you can WIN great Market Swag!
To enter: send you name,contact info, and details about your fruit/veggie display to email@example.com