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Tomato Festival THIS Sunday at Kits August 23rd

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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.


Kitsilano - June 21

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We’re Back!

We were happy to return last week to our regular home at the Kitsilano Community Centre. Thanks to everyone who supported us during our transition and move back. We’ll be bringing all your favourite vendors every Sunday until October 25th!

Who’s at the Market

Berries, berries, berries! It’s definitely berry season at all of our markets and Kits is no exception! Forstbauer Farms brings tasty sweet organic blueberries – grab a basket of these little beauties before they’re gone. Grab raspberries and strawberries from Paul’s Produce or Fresh Quality and make yourself a tasty smoothie. Thinking ahead? Ask your favourite vendor about deals on bulk quantities for freezing or making yourself some delightful jam.

Recycle your Electrical Appliances!

Did you know that Kits Market Sponsor Electrorecycle collects over 300 small appliances and power tools for recycling? Check out their complete product list and bring your old and broken stuff to Kits Market this Sunday, from 10am – 2pm!

http://www.electrorecycle.ca/recycle/

Food Scraps

The Food Scraps Drop Spot returns to Kits this year so bring your scraps down to the market to be composted.

food_scrap_iconAt the Vancouver Farmers Markets, Food Scraps Drop Spots exist through a collaborative model. Vancouver Farmers Markets donates space, equipment and organizing power, Recycling Alternative offers discounted hauling service & website hosting and community droppers give $2 per drop to cover the discounted hauling fee.

Save the Drop Spot!

In order to keep the Farmers Market Drop Spots open in the summer, we need to collect $100/market to cover hauling fees (we’ve only been receiving $35). The Drop Spot is open every Sunday, 10am – 2pm.

  • Are you a dropper? Donate at least $2 every time you drop.
  • Not a dropper? Donate to keep the program going
  • Want to volunteer? We’re always looking for enthusiastic people to share the Drop Spot love. Sign up to volunteer today!

See you at the market!


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

 


Kitsilano May 31 - at our new TEMPORARY location!

What’s at the Market!

Did you know that Vancouver Farmers Markets have recently been approved to sell locally-produced beer, wine, cider, and spirits at all of our summer markets? We’re excited to feature local grown-up beverages at Kits every week this season.

This week we welcome Robin Ridge Winery from Keremeos, BC. The Cottrill family grows luscious grapes on the arid ridges of the Similkameen Valley which are carefully crafted into a wide range of fine wines. Sample a taste at the market and take home a bottle to enjoy with your delicious local food dinner.

The Yaletown Distilling Company joins us this week as well, with their selection of vodka and gin made from base spirits made with all BC grains. We hear that their vodka blends very well with Frostbites’ all natural fruit and botanical cordials – you’ll find them next to each other at the market for a one-stop shop!

We’ve moved – just for a bit!

Only two more weeks at our temporary home…pending no delays in construction, we hope to be back at the Kits Community Centre on June 14th!

Help us by continuing to spread the word – the Park Board is currently repaving the parking lot at 10th and Larch that usually hosts us. The Kits market will temporarily relocate to Riley Park, at the southeast corner of 30th Avenue and Ontario Street, from May 10th – June 7th. The market will run on the same day (Sundays), same time (10am – 2pm), and have all the same vendors you know and love at Kitsilano! We will resume operations at the regular Kits site on June 14th, pending no delays in construction.

We thank our shoppers, vendors, and community partners for their patience in the interim!

Food Scraps!

The Food Scraps Drop Spot returns to Kits this year so bring your scraps down to the market to be composted.

food_scrap_iconAt the Vancouver Farmers Markets, Food Scraps Drop Spots exist through a collaborative model. Vancouver Farmers Markets donates space, equipment and organizing power, Recycling Alternative offers discounted hauling service & website hosting and community droppers give $2 per drop to cover the discounted hauling fee.

Save the Drop Spot!

In order to keep the Farmers Market Drop Spots open in the summer, we need to collect $100/market to cover hauling fees (we’ve only been receiving $35). The Drop Spot is open every Sunday, 10am – 2pm.

  • Are you a dropper? Donate at least $2 every time you drop.
  • Not a dropper? Donate to keep the program going
  • Want to volunteer? We’re always looking for enthusiastic people to share the Drop Spot love. Sign up to volunteer today!

See you at the market!


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

 


Trout Lake - May 30

Above: Mojave Kaplan of Planting Seeds Project demonstrating seed cleaning at the Dig In! Garden Fest last week

There are a lot of first-timers coming to Trout Lake this week – either for the first time this season, or the first time ever! In honour of all the good people you don’t want to miss, this week’s update is all about them:

Don’t miss these vendors:

  • Artisan Sake Maker on Granville Island: Canada’s first local sake maker and commercial rice grower. They practice and believe in being sustainable, local and providing fresh, small batch craft sake
  • Legend Distilling: The Lennies share a passion rooted in creating truly special spirits using the highest quality ingredients available in the Okanagan. Decorate your liquor cabinet with Doug and Dawn’s beautiful bottles or give them to the friends you like best.
  • The Hive Printing: The Hive is a small artisan screen printing shop, creating a line of Vancouver-inspired, locally printed clothing, canvas tote bags and wooden products (coasters and wall hangings). Their designs are inspired by the local history and the natural environment
  • Wild Foraged: Stephanie specializes in Wild Mushroom Foraging and loves to have an exciting variety of wild mushrooms and wild edible plants for you to enjoy
  • Rain City Soups: All natural, handmade soups, prepared with love. No addded chemicals or preservatives,and they use only the freshest produce.
  • Belle de Boskoop Forge: provides modern and traditional artistic blacksmithing services. The forge is owned and operated by Dustin Pritchard: designer, sculptor, and blacksmith.

Food Isn’t Garbage

Bring your food scraps to the Food Scraps Drop Spot! It’s our way of closing the food loop in response to the Metro Vancouver organics ban. Learn more about the program here.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market opens June 14

Did you know there’s another farmers market in East Van? If you miss us at Trout Lake, come to the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market in Dude Chilling Park. Every Sunday, June 14 – October 11, 10am-2pm.

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

 


Trout Lake - May 23

It’s Dig In! Garden Fest this Saturday!

Learn what to grow and how to grow it from farmers who have been cultivating the land for over 20 years, find hard-to-get varieties of shrubs, trees, veggie starts and hanging baskets and check out our live on-site demos!

  • Seed Saving with Mojave Kaplan – Planting Seeds Project
  • Worms & Soil Health with James Cox – “Chief Worm Guy” at Vraj Organics
  • Water Conservation with City of Vancouver – You’ll get to pick up a rain barrel for your garden too!
  • Soap Marigold Insecticide with Chery from Scentimental Creations – Come by 11am to get your free sample!

Did you hear that we’re 20 this year? We’ll have 20 #farmertips on how to achieve gardening success on Twitter and at the market

Food Isn’t Garbage

Did you know you can compost your food scraps at Trout Lake? Visit the Food Scraps Drop Spot tent across from the market information booth for more details

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