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Tomato Festival THIS Sunday at Kits August 23rd


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. Come celebrate one of our favourite fruits – it’s in our logo after all! Spread the word by sharing our Facebook event page  and #tomatofest on Twitter and Instagram. If you can’t make it this Sunday at Kits, Trout Lake will also be celebrating from 9am-2pm. Check out their Facebook event page HERE.

Who’s selling Tomatoes?

If you’ve been around the market recently, you’ll see tomatoes at almost every stand. Here’s a list of tomato vendors you should expect at Kits this Sunday:

Klippers Organic Acres, Frostbauer Family Natural Food Farm, Harvey’s Orchards, Organic Farm Connection, Paul’s Produce, Shalefield Organic Gardens, Langley Organic Growers, Ice Cap Organics, Cropthorne Farm, Forrest Nelson Certified Organic Produce, Garden Back to Eden Chilliwack Heirloom Organic Farm, Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Stein Mountain Farm and Crisp Organics

Food Scraps Drop Spots 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 Kits is on Sunday, August 30th. In the meantime, our West End Market will be accepting drop offs until further notice.

See you at the market!

For a complete weekly vendor schedule, check out our Weekly Market Map.

Out of the Clear Blue Pie

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Lauren van Oosten won the BC Berry Pie Bake Off with her “Out of the Clear Blue Pie”

BC Berry Pie Bake-Off Winner, Lauren van Oosten’s “Out of the Clear Blue Pie” blew our judges’ taste buds away at last week’s Mt Pleasant Berry Festival. It took first place against such contenders as “Creme Brulee Berry Pie”, “Goes well with owl ice cream” pie, “Raspberry Mango Pie” and “Poke-a-Dot Pie” with cookie crumble topping and blackberries.

It’s visually stunning because of the fresh blueberries scattered on top after baking and the judges couldn’t help gushing over the caramelized cinnamon crumble crust. You’re all in luck because Lauren has shared her recipe and blueberries are still in season. (Find out who sells blueberries and where using our Product Search Feature)

Out of the Clear Blue Pie


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature*)
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar


  • 3 cups blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 Tbsp plain flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar (1/2 cup if using fresh berries instead of frozen)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (do not use frozen for this part)


Mix dry ingredients for the crust then cut in butter. Sprinkle with vinegar and then press into large pie plate. (It’s very crumbly and doesn’t look like it’s going to work but it does, you just have to do the best you can to press it in). Add 3 cups blueberries. Mix dry ingredients of filling and sprinkle over blueberries. Bake at @ 400 F for 50-60 min. A little less if in a glass pie plate. Remove from oven and immediately add remaining fresh blueberries evenly over the top. Let cool a little.

Best served warm with vanilla ice cream or pouring cream.

*I find it handy to freeze the butter and then use a cheese grater to grate it into the flour.

Lauren van Oosten's "Out of a Clear Blue Pie" wins 2015 BC Berry Pie Bake Off
Fresh blueberries scattered on top and caramelized cinnamon crust puts this pie over the top


Tina Lau came in second place with her “BC Blueberry Pie” and Vancouver Farmers Markets vendor, David Introligator of French Made Baking won third for his “Zesty Basque Cake with Strawberry”. Check out photos from Berry Festival on Facebook and see some of the other amazing pies submitted to the BC Berry Pie Bake-Off. Check back in Summer 2016 to enter your favourite recipe or taste some of the best berry pie in the city!

Mount Pleasant Market-July 19th



Don’t miss these vendors:

*Fresh Quality Produce,Beckman Berry Farm and Sull Farms will all be bringing an assortment of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries!

*Ask Odd Society Spirits for their “Not you Mama’s Sangria” recipe, grab some berry, basil and mint pesto from BobAli Hummus, try a berry popsicle from Nice Pops or berry pastry from Soldoko Ukranian. We are also selling limited edition jam from A Meadows Pantry at the info booth!


Fun with Food:

Learn about berries and have fun! We’ll have fun educational berry themed games and activities for kids. Market Bingo anyone? We’ll also have special edition berry buttons, free recipes, berry displays!

BC Berry Pie Competition! From Noon until 1pm we have four judges given the difficult task of crowning the top 3 Berry Pies. Winner will be announced at 1:30pm. You can sample the pies for a $2 donation, so stick around after the judging and have a taste of the best pies in town!

July is #MeetMyMarket month in BC

Introduce a friend to your favourite BC Farmers’ Market in July and enter to win 1 of 2 amazing getaways for two (+ wine touring) to Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan! On social media there will also be weekly prize draws throughout July for $50 to spend at the farmers’ market of your choice. (Read more)

Connect with our events on Facebook, and share your photos and recipes on Instagram and Twitter using @vanmarkets #berryfestival






Buttermilk Berry Chess Pie

This pie looks amazing, has a flavourful crust and the brulee puts it absolutely over the top (Photo Courtesy of one of last year’s judges, Cassandra Anderton of Goodlife Vancouver).  It was submitted by Shelley of The Last Crumb Bakery to last year’s BC Berry Pie Bake Off and won first prize! Try picking up some berries at this week’s farmers markets and making it at home:

Crust Ingredients

  • 150g walnuts
  • 150g graham cracker crumbs
  • 30g honey
  • 1 tbsp golden yellow sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 58g butter, melted
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • white chocolate

Crust Method

Combine the walnuts and the graham cracker crumbs in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the walnuts are the size of oat flakes. Add the golden yellow sugar, salt and cinnamon and pulse to combine. Add the honey and the melted butter and pulse to moisten the crumbs.

Pour the mixture into a 10″ pie plate or a 9″ fluted deep dish tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the mixture into the bottom and sides of pan; making sure to evenly distribute the crumbs. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool completely. Melt some white chocolate in the microwave and brush over the sides and bottom of crust to create a moisture barrier for the custard. Set aside.

Filling Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 75g butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 cups mixed fresh local berries
  • coarse sugar to cover surface

Filling Method

Combine eggs and sugar and beat until the mixture is thick and very light-coloured using a stand or hand mixer. Beat in flour, buttermilk, cinnamon, vanilla, and melted butter. Add the berries to the empty crust. Pour the custard into the waiting shell and give it a stir to distribute the berries. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until the custard is set in the centre but still a little wobbly.

Finishing Touches

Set the pie aside and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate the pie overnight to set completely. Before serving, sprinkle the top of the pie evenly with coarse sugar. Using a small blowtorch or the preheated broiler in your oven, melt the sugar until it caramelizes. Be very careful to watch the sugar if it is in the broiler, once it starts to caramelize it will go quickly and can burn instead.Enjoy!

Shelley will be joining us at the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market this Sunday to judge more than 11 pies and to crown the new champion! Come check it out and sample the winning pies. Judging is between 12pm-1pm, winner announced at 1:30pm and pie slices available for donation immediately following!

Your Mt Pleasant Market-July12th


Would you like to win $250 in market money? Yes.Yes you would!

You can this week, with Bernardin “Because I Can I…” contest! Swing by their booth this Sunday only, take a selfie #becauseicani,  post it on your Facebook page. Bernardin will then post it on their Facebook page so other canners can see what you’re passionate about! Invite your friends!



Help us welcome new vendors to MP; Langley Organic Growers. They are group of local farmers working together to bring fresh, certified organic eggs,berries and a bounty of fresh vegetables.

Show off your baking skills!

Do you or someone you know make a delicious berry pie? Enter the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market BC Berry Pie Bake Off. We’ll be serving up slices by donation once the winner has been crowned, so even pie eaters are welcome! (Application form here)

July is #MeetMyMarket month

Introduce a friend to your favourite BC Farmers’ Market in July and enter to win 1 of 2 amazing getaways for two (+ wine touring) to Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan! On social media there will also be weekly prize draws throughout July for $50 to spend at the farmers’ market of your choice. (Read More)

Social Yoga

Have you heard about the Social Yoga  series at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market? For a mere $110.00, shoppers will get a social yoga class and a weekly bag of fresh market goodies in VFM’s adorable Mt Pleasant Farmers Market canvas bag.