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What's Fresh at Mt Pleasant Market-Sept 25th


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, radishesraspberries, 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!



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!

Share your market finds @vanmarkets  #mountpleasantFM and follow Mt Pleasant Market on facebook!

See you Sunday!!



Fall Fair is coming -Oct 2nd!

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?


This contest is for you! Bring it to Fall Fair and it will be judged by shoppers and vendors, and you could win some great Vancouver Farmers Market Swag! Aug2010-4864

“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!

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To enter: send you name,contact info, and details about your fruit/veggie display to


What's Fresh at Mt Pleasant Market-July 17th

The Produce:

apricots,peaches, beans, mushrooms, beets, blackberries, blueberries, cabbage, carrots, chard,  cherries, chives, cucumbers, fennel,  garlic scapes, spinach,kale, peppers, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, snap peas, tomatoes, zucchini

New Vendors:

Welcome Honest Food Farm back to Mt Pleasant Market! All the way from the Similkameen Valley, The Zebroff  family grow a wide variety of organic produce, be sure to stop by for their delicious peaches.

Gillespie’s Fine Spirits is an artisan craft distillery in Squamish BC. They produce a number of craft spirits from BC grain and fruit as well as a line of Boozewitch shrubs, tonic syrup and raw apple cider vinegar.


Don’t Miss Berry Fest!

This week we’re berry excited to celebrate berries: Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries…we love them all! Vendors are celebrating the sweetest season by featuring their berry-filled products:

Applebarn will be offering flats of gooseberries (last week for them) and currants for purchase.  5 lbs boxes for $25 and 10 lbs flats for $40.

Urban Digs has two sausages featuring berries for the Berry Fest this week: one bison and one duck.

Old Country Perogi has yummy blueberry-filled pierogis

Jordans Jam seasonal berry jams with berries from VFM vendors;Gooseberry Jam made with gooseberries from Applebarn, Blackberry Jam with blackberries from Paul’s Produce, Strawberry Jam with strawberries from Maan Farms

BC Berry Council will be on hand with lots of recipes,storage tips and and activities! Plus Mr Blueberry!

You can visit our berry fest page for more info:

Our Famous Annual Pie Competition


Bring a fork…there’s PIE! 

Amateur and professional bakers from all neighborhoods were  invited to bake their favorite berry pie and enter it in our BC Berry Pie Bake Off.  All pies are made with BC grown berries and baked from scratch. Judging starts at noon, and shoppers can buy pie by the slice for a $2 donation thru out the afternoon. YUM!

Judging will take place between 12:00pm and 1:00pm at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market . Winners will be announced at 1:30pm.

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!

Share your market finds @vanmarkets  #mountpleasantFM and follow Mt Pleasant Market on facebook!

See you Sunday!!



Dig In! Demos & Schedule


  • 9:00 – Market Opens
  • 10:00 – Build your own Terrarium
  • 11:00 – Backyard Boxes Compost Demo
  • 12:00 – Build your own Terrarium
  • 1:00 – Backyard Boxes Compost Demo
  • 2:00 – Market Closes

Ongoing: Garden Q & A with Vancouver Master Gardeners, Live Bee Box with Richmond Beekeepers Association


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Master Gardeners  Build Your Own Terrarium BackyardBoxes  Beekeepers

Dig In! Garden Fest at Trout Lake - May 28

The Produce

asparagus, bok choy, broccolini, chard, chives, cucumbers, edible flowers, fennel, garlic scapes, green apricots, green onions, kohlrabi, leeks, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, snap peas, tomato starts, turnip greens, zucchini, zucchini flowers

The Vendors

This Dig In! Garden Fest, find shrubs, hanging baskets and veggie starts from the farmers themselves!

Veggie Starts:

Farmer Koo, Organic Farm Connection, natural village, Albert’s Herbs & Nursery, Lowland Herb Farm, Sweet Fig’s Farm Collective, Christina’s Garden, Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, S&G Fresh Produce Ltd

Hanging Baskets:

Farmer Koo, G & K Gardens


South Grove Nursery, S&G Fresh Produce Ltd., Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Lowland Herb Farm, Sweet Fig’s Farm Collective

Don’t Miss: 

Salt Spring Coffee

They’re our sponsors this year and will have cold brew on tap!

Special Dig In! Garden Fest Activities

  • Build Your Own Terrarium with Sweet Fig’s Farm Collective and Figaro’s Garden – 10-10:45 & 12-12:45 (Cost: $20 and bring one home!)
  • Compost Demonstrations with Robin Poirier of Backyard Boxes (11am & 1pm)
  • Live Bee Box with Gus Axen – Richmond Beekeepers and Arila Apiary (ongoing)
  • Garden Q & A with Vancouver Master Gardeners (ongoing)
  • Facepainting with Tiare Jung (ongoing), Live Music with Brainchild (9-11:30am) and Terrarium (11:30am-2pm) and more!

Please share our event on Facebook and Twitter!

Manager’s Picks

Walter Harvey is back and he’s bringing Rainier cherries – they’re early this year! First week for raspberries from Maan Farms and Mandair Farms too. This is the first week for Soban Organic Farm at Yarrow Ecovillage who bring delicious organic produce and usually have some beautiful hand-carved something to grace your table.

See you at the market!

Get a complete list of this week’s Trout Lake Farmers Market vendors here.

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