Market News

Harvest Festival - October 10

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

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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!

Website: eatlocal.org/harvest-festival

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


Mount Pleasant Market-Oct 4th

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We bring the Pumpkin Patch into Mt Pleasant, celebrate the farmers who grow and bring us local produce, and make sure there are lots of sweet treats to take home! Oodles of things to do and fun for the whole family!

Vendors will be featuring items not normally available at the Farmers Market, and since it is Member Appreciation Day some will be offering discounts to Market Members!

Applebarn–not only will they be bringing their pumpkin patch to Mt Pleasant, they are offering $1 off Bags of Peppers and 2 Bags of Apples for $10

Blue Comet Seafoods–25% off Cold Smoked White Spring Salmon, and ask for their great salmon recipes

Mixers & Elixers-$2 off regular size Bottles of Shrub

Three Feet Below-dried beans, winter quash and garlic

Tien Eamas Jewelry and Spells-any fall coloured jewels and spells-tax free!

And don’t forget, members always get 15% off Farmers Market merchandise. Grab your Mt Pleasant totebag before they are gone!


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Author Peter Ladner has more than 35 years of journalistic experience,  is a frequent speaker on community issues and has a special interest in the intersection of food policy and city planning. He will also be onsite this Sunday at Mount Pleasant for a signing of his book, “The Urban Food Revolution”.

Bring your copy down or pick one up from him and the folks from New Society Publishers.


 FIND A COMPLETE VENDOR LIST: UPCOMING SCHEDULES

CONNECT WITH OUR EVENTS:  FACEBOOK, AND SHARE YOUR PHOTOS AND RECIPES ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER USING @VANMARKETS #MTPLEASANT #MPFM

LOCATION DETAILS: MT PLEASANT FARMERS MARKET

SEE YOU SUNDAY!


Mount Pleasant Market-Sept 27th

Harvest Food Swap

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Is back at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market for another food swap in this great neighbourhood!  We invite you to swap …all swap items must be homemade, homegrown, or foraged by you. Think pickles, preserves, baked goods, honey, granola, pasta, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices. The theme this time is Harvest;bring items that say Harvest to you-or package/display items with a Harvest theme. Everyone is welcome to participate…just don’t forget to pre-register!

Survey September

This is the month where we solicit your input on a range of topics to help make the market better. Be sure to stop by our survey station and spend a couple minutes taking part-we really appreciate it!


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Get your tickets now for RIPE 2015!

Our annual RIPE Dinner is a true celebration of the harvest – a showcase of local ingredients from our farms and producers paired with some of Vancouver’s top chefs and restaurants, including Chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co, Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage, Chef Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s Rangoli, Chef Ned Bell of Yew seafood + bar, and Chef Quang Dang of West Restaurant.

For more information, visit our website HERE.

And next Sunday…

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FIND A COMPLETE VENDOR LIST: UPCOMING SCHEDULES

CONNECT WITH OUR EVENTS:  FACEBOOK, AND SHARE YOUR PHOTOS AND RECIPES ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER USING @VANMARKETS #MTPLEASANT #MPFM

LOCATION DETAILS: MT PLEASANT FARMERS MARKET

SEE YOU SUNDAY!


This Sunday at Mount Pleasant Market-Sept 13th

Farmer Appreciation Week!

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September 12th-19th, is the 6TH annual Farmers Appreciation Week where we celebrate BC farmers, agriculture and local food!

Markets around the province will be holding special events to honour farmers. We’re showing our appreciation for those who grow and harvest the food we eat by providing our hard working farmers with refreshments all day. To show your support, we’ll have a donation bin to help buy a farmer a coffee and some treats. Feel free to thank a farmer directly and tell them you appreciate them!

And are you a poet and you didn’t know it? Show your love for farmers with BC Farmers’ Markets’ Ode To A Farmer poetry contest! Win $150 to spend at your favourite BCAFM farmers’ market. Deadline is September 13. Enter here: http://bit.ly/1K9nDyk#BCFarmersWeek


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Survey September

We want to know what you think! Stop by the Information tent this Sunday (and every Sunday in September) and tell us why you shop at farmers markets.


Do you have your tickets to RIPE yet?

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Our annual RIPE Dinner is a true celebration of the harvest – a showcase of local ingredients from our farms and producers paired with some of Vancouver’s top chefs and restaurants. RIPE will feature 11 unique culinary creation stationscraft beverages and dessert tastings artfully prepared from fresh, seasonal and sustainably harvest food.

Find tickets here!


FIND A COMPLETE VENDOR LIST: UPCOMING SCHEDULES

CONNECT WITH OUR EVENTS:  FACEBOOK, AND SHARE YOUR PHOTOS AND RECIPES ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER USING @VANMARKETS #MTPLEASANT

LOCATION DETAILS: MT PLEASANT FARMERS MARKET

SEE YOU SUNDAY!


Tomato Festival - this week!

These little heirloom tomatoes from Stein Mountain Farm look like jujube candies!
These little heirloom tomatoes from Stein Mountain Farm look like jujube candies!

Tomato Festival Is Here!

Summer came early this year and brought us a wonderful bounty of juicy tomatoes. To celebrate the delightful fruits, we’ll have recipes, a tomato display, tomato samples and kids activities. Spread the word by sharing our Facebook event page  and #tomatofest on Twitter and Instagram. If you can’t make it this Saturday at Trout Lake, Kitsilano will also be celebrating on Sunday from 10am-2pm. Check out their Facebook event page HERE.

Don’t miss these vendors:

We’ve been tomatoes EVERYWHERE at the market – make sure to check out the varieties at these vendors:

  • Albert’s Herbs & Nursery
  • Applebarn Pumpkin Farm
  • Forrest Nelson Certified Organic Produce
  • Harvey’s Orchards
  • Hill Top Farm
  • Klippers Organic Acres
  • Langley Organic Growers
  • Organic Farm Connection
  • Paul’s Produce
  • S & G Fresh Produce Limited
  • Sapo Bravo Organics
  • Shalefield Organic Gardens
  • Soban Organic Farm at Yarrow Ecovillage
  • Sole Food Street Farms
  • Stein Mountain Farm
  • Stoney Paradise

Food Scraps Drop Spot is Wrapping Up August 30th

With the recent Metro Vancouver Organics Ban, the Drop Spots are seeing fewer drops – which is a good thing! More buildings have implemented food scraps collections, allowing residents to dispose of their food waste at home. If your building doesn’t have organics collections just yet, contact our program partner Recycling Alternative (604-874-7283) or the City of Vancouver (3-1-1) for recycling collection options.  The last day for the Drop Spot at Trout Lake is on Saturday, August 29th. In the meantime, our West End Market will be accepting drop offs until further notice.

See you at the market!


Click here for this week’s schedule and market map

For location information, check out the Trout Lake market page