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Nat Bailey CSA Share Fair - Jan 16

CSA Share Fair

Interested in subscribing to a CSA but not sure what’s right for you? Come talk to the farmers and fishers who offer them this Saturday, January 16, 10-2 at the Nat Bailey Winter Market.

Meet these farmers:

  • Blue Comet Seafoods
  • Cedar Isle Farm
  • Crisp Organics
  • Cropthorne Farm
  • Fresh Roots
  • Klippers Organic Acres
  • Rondriso Farms
  • Shalefield Organic Gardens
  • Skipper Otto’s CSF
  • Sole Food Street Farms
  • Urban Digs Farm

Don’t know what a CSA is? Community Supported Agriculture, often shortened to CSA, is a prepaid subscription to a farm’s produce for the season. Most CSAs give shareholders a weekly supply of veggies, herbs, fruits and sometimes even eggs and meat. You know it’s fresh and you get to meet the farm and people who grew your food! The prepaid CSA arrangements also makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Some CSAs also incorporate farm workdays for shareholders. Pickup days vary by farm and some offer pickups at a VFM location.

CSAs have been very popular recently. Be sure to sign up early before subscriptions are filled! VFM vendors offer everything from pre-loaded ‘credit’ cards, beastie boxes, weekly fruits and veggies boxes and more. A subscription to a CSA makes a great gift too.

Check out our CSA Box Program page for farm and contact information.

Pop-Up Market!

We’ve got Yellow Basket Baking, The Pie Co., Country Village Market, SPARK Kombucha, Real Meals, and Cedar Isle Farm (bringing locally grown organic grains!!) at the #NatBaileyPopUp this week. Stop by, sample some of their wares and tell us who you think we should keep around! More details here

Food Truck February

Coming soon…Food Truck February returns with a zero waste challenge! More details to come…

See you at the market!

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The first Nat Bailey of 2016!

Happy New Year!

We’re back at Nat Bailey this Saturday after taking a week off for the holidays, find us in the same place, at the same time (Nat Bailey Stadium, 10am-2pm). Whether your 2016 resolution is to buy more local, reduce your food miles, eat healthier or eat more organic – the farmers market is the perfect place to start the New Year off right!

We’re kicking off the New Year with Member Appreciation Day! Membership helps provide core funds to Vancouver Farmers Markets, the registered non-profit, that creates thriving community spaces like the Nat Bailey Farmers Market. MAD is our way or saying ‘thanks’ to our member community for their support all year long. Keep an eye out for the rainbow member special signs or ask your favourite farmer if they have a member special. Don’t forget your member card!

Not a member yet? Sign up at the market info booth or online!

Nat Bailey Pop Up

Starting this week we’re auditioning some brand-new vendors at Nat Bailey all January long. We’re excited to see what you think about vegan and nut-free baking, fresh, made-on-site pakoras, frozen meals made from scratch and more!

Look for the posters in our Pop-Up section at Nat Bailey, check out some of the new vendors and then let us know what you think! Should we invite them back? It’s up to you! Let us know what you think by tweeting @vanmarkets #NatBaileyPopUp!

This week’s Pop-Up Vendors:

  • The Pie Company – Our mission is use the freshest and best ingredients available to create exceptionally high quality savoury pies and pastries. A product that gives each customer an amazing food experience that leaves them wanting more.
  • Mandair Farms & Country Village – making fresh, made-on-site pakoras! Need we say more!?
  • Real Meals – Real Meals creates frozen meals made from scratch using a combination of organic and natural local ingredients that we deliver through out the Lower Mainland

Find more information about the Nat Bailey Pop Up HERE

2016 CSA Share Fair

Interested in a CSA but don’t know which is right for you? Come talk to the farmers & fishers who offer them. They will be ready to talk, answer questions and some may even take sign ups on January 16, 10-2, at the Nat Bailey Farmers Market.  Vancouver Farmers Markets vendors offer everything from a pre-loaded ‘credit’ card, beastie boxes, weekly fruits and veggies boxes and more. Can’t make it to the fair? Check out our CSA Box Program page for farmer contact info.
See you at the market!





Festive Food Swap at Hastings Park Farmers Market

Sometimes you bake a bunch of goodies and you don’t have enough mouths in the house to eat all the goodness.  Sometimes you can dozens of jars of jam and by the 6th jar, you’d really rather not eat another bite.  And sometimes you just like make food to share.  That’s where a food swap comes in.  Food swapping is the act of swapping your homemade or homegrown food with others who make food.  It’s a great way to diversify your pantry and try something new.  It’s also a way to meet others who like making food and learn from their experiences.

On December 6th at the Hastings Park Farmers Market, we will be hosting a food swap along with Food Swap Burnaby who has held swaps at the Mt Pleasant and Hastings Park Markets in the past.  Pre-registration is required, so please visit Eventbrite for all the details.

Festive Food Swap
Hastings Park Farmers Market
Gate 2 Hastings Park off Renfrew
11am – 12:30pm

And the winner is...


First Place winnerBC Fall-Fruit Pie Competition winner Jason McRobbie with his Apple, Quince and Cranberry Pie as part of the West End Farmers Markets annual Harvest Festival. All the fall fruit that’s in season at Harvey’s Orchards & Snowy Mountain Organics, inspired Jason! With twelve pies entered, our judging panel had their work cut out for them but loved the nicely balanced ginger in this pie.

Jason is sharing his recipe and you’re in luck because apples, quince and ginger can still be found at the market! (Find out who sells them using our Product Search Feature)

Apple, Quince and Cranberry Pie


  • 2 ½-cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2lb. Tenderflake
  • 1 egg
  • 1Tbsp white vinegar
  • To fill 1-cup cold water (*in addition to egg and vinegar)

Whisk together dry ingredients, before cutting in room temperature Tenderflake with pastry knife until oatmeal like.

Whisk together egg, white vinegar and cold water. Slowly stir into mixture, adding only enough to make dough cling together – best results are approximately half the mixture.

Shape into a ball, cut in two, reshape into two balls then wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours, ideally over night.


  • 2-cups quince, peeled, coarsely grated
  • 6-cups apples (Harvey’s Orchards & Snowy Mountain Organics seasonal best), cored, peeled, sliced thinly
  • ½-cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. grated ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon, freshly grated
  • Pinch salt

Blend all ingredients together in a large bowl.


  • 1-cup organic all-purpose flour
  • ¾-cup brown sugar
  • ½-cup unsalted butter, chilled

Cut butter into small cubes then add to a bowl and stir with flour and sugar. Use a fork or pastry knife to break the mixture into a crumble.


Remove one ball of dough from the fridge and allow to warm slightly between rolling out on a floured work surface. Turn and four each time the size doubles, then fold twice gently and move to pie pan. Unfold gently and shape, cutting off excess crust below the rim and shaping as desired.

Add pie filling, and then top generously with crumble mixture. Move to bottom rack of preheated 375°F oven for 60 minutes, and cover the top with foil if it begins to darken. Remove the foil for the final few minutes of baking.

Apple Quince & Cranberry Pie

Photo credit: Karen Dar Woon / Your Secret Chef

Harvest Festival - October 10

Join this Saturday for our annual Harvest Festival at the West End Farmers Market.

2014-10-05 10.49.29Where: West End Farmers Market (1100 Comox St. – adjacent to Nelson Park)

When: October 10, 9am – 2pm

What: Harvest Festival – Celebrate the bounty of fall at the market!

We’ll have seasonal recipes, an apple and squash display, games for kids of all ages, and we’ll be judging our BC Fall-Fruit Pie Competition. Once judging of the pie is complete we will be selling slices of pie for a $2 donation, if you fancy a slice – don’t wander too far.

Also at the West End Farmers Market for the first time we have Twistin Sam – creating all sorts of balloon creatures. Alongside Sam you’ll find our face painter Tiare ready to paint your hearts desires.

Where to find Apples & Pears: Golden West Farms | Klippers Organic Acres | Hill Top Farms | Snowy Mountain Organics

Where to find Squash: Crisp Organics | Ice Cap Organics | Klippers Organic Acres | Forstbauer Family Farm |Cropthorne Farm |Shalefield Organic Gardens | Hill Top Farm |Pauls Produce

Check out some features from our vendors getting in the spirit of the harvest at Thanksgiving:

A Bread Affair – thanksgiving themed bread & treats

Chef Enrick Food Corp – Deep Dish Tourtiere (Venison, Duck, Pork) feeds 9-12 people and comes with a free ketchup

Take A Fancy Chocolate – Chocolate Leaves (roasted hazelnut or maple pecan) & mini pumpkin chocolates

The Soap Artisan – Sea buckthorn soaps for $6.50 (Regular $7.50)

West Best Coffee

  • Fall inspired drinks – Apple Cider & Nutella Mocha Latte
  • Beans Special – 3lbs of coffee for $40 ($5 savings) – get a free small coffee
  • Beans Special – With the purchase of 1lb of beans, get a free small coffee
  • Try their Scrumptious Squash Soup!

Celebrate with us, we have fun for the whole family!


Join our event on Facebook

Twitter & Instagram: #VFMHarvestFest

See you at the market!

For a complete list of vendors every week, check out our online schedule