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Downtown Market Fresh Box - June 22

This week’s Fresh Box was full of colour and flavour.  The market is bursting with greens and cherries and berries have hit the scene!

 In this week’s Fresh Box:
Salad Mix
– SoleFood Farms
Kohlrabi – Abundant Acres
Apple Cider – Taves Family Farm
Garlic Scapes – BC Garlic
Cherries – Rai Produce
Cherry Tomatoes – Taves Family Farm
Baby Bok Choy – One Love Farm
Carrots – Nature Village Farm

Never Tried Garlic Scapes?
Garlic scapes are the curly tendrils of the garlic bulb plant – cutting them off helps the plan to focus growing energy on the bulb. They’ve gained a bit of a cult following and local garlic fans look forward to their appearance at the market each spring/summer.
As Abdul from BC Garlic says, “Garlic scapes are the most versatile vegetable – anything you can do with any other vegetable, you can do with garlic scapes”.  We agree – try them pickled, chopped up in fried rice, stir-fried with other favourite veggies, sauté them, make pesto or use them to season dishes as you would garlic (with a milder flavour).

Check your Fresh Box for a bunch of garlic scapes and a delicious recipe from BC Garlic that uses cherry tomatoes too!

Thanks for picking up a Fresh Box and don’t forget to order one for next week!


The Weekend Starts Now - June 22

The Weekend Starts Now!

Finally a Thursday with some sunshine! Extra big thanks to all those who came to the market on one of the wet days – it makes all the difference! Don’t forget we’re rain or shine!

With the weekend weather also looking great – stock up on Thursday for all the fresh farm-to-table goods you need for your weekend bbq, beach picnics, or if you’re escaping the city – cherries and berries make for great road trip snacks!

Join us on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.) from 11-3pm! Our new market hours make it convenient to shop for the weekend ahead but also grab a bite to eat at the market. We’ll have great lunch options at one of the food trucks on site each week and afternoon snacks like coffee, cookies, cherries, berries, snap peas and much more!

This week we welcome Mandalay Burmese Kitchen exclusively to the Downtown Farmers Market! Their bringing authentic Burmese eats – don’t miss out on their tasty Fish Tacos or Hanglay Curry! We’ve also got Cheeses Crust back bringing their signature Bacon Bomb and Cheeses Steak! Make sure to pick up a Loyalty Lunch Card from the market info tent and every 8th lunch is on us!


In Season:

Strawberries & Cherries! Both at the market this week! Start your summer off right with these sweet, juicy treats! Check out what your local farmers are expecting to bring to market this month HERE!


Meet our Farmers:

Douglas Farms – We’re happy to welcome Douglas Farms back to the Downtown Market this year after the slow start for strawberries! Coral-Anne will have delicious sweet strawberries and eggs coming from the Fraser Valley.

Rai Produce – a family farm that has been farming for 22 years, located in Osoyoos B.C. They grow all kinds of tasty fruit including Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Prunes, Pears and Apples. This week they’ll be bringing their rainier cherries! You won’t want to miss them!

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S DOWNTOWN MARKET VENDORS HERE


Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box

June 15th Fresh Box

No time to shop?  Don’t miss out on the fresh stuff – order a FreshBox, our weekly market CSA program.  $25 per week, packed and ready to go home with you!

Looking ahead at a busy week? With a Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box you’ll get a market shopping trip done in 5 minutes. Pickup is Thursday at the Downtown Vancouver Farmers Market and you can order online until 5pm on Tuesdays.

We do the picking and all you have to do is enjoy!


Help us spread the word! Print out a Downtown Farmers Market poster for your lunch room, and help promote the market on your social media channels with these handy sample posts and market photos!

VISIT US AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE PLAZA (650 HAMILTON ST.), EVERY THURSDAY, 11AM-3PM, UNTIL OCTOBER 5TH

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION HERE

DISCOVER OUR SIX OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.


Fresh Box June 15

June 15th Fresh Box

Today’s Fresh Box includes:

English Cucumber – Nature Village Farm, Richmond

French Breakfast Radishes – SOLE Food Farms, Vancouver

Snap Peas – SOLE Food Farms, Vancouver

Orange Bell Pepper – Taves Family Farm, Abbotsford

Beefsteak Tomato – Taves Family Farm, Abbotsford

Mini Head of Romaine Lettuce – Abundant Acres Farm, Abbotsford

Spring Garlic – One Love Farm, Lillooet

Never used Spring Garlic? Use it like regular garlic except that the bulb AND stem can be used. The Kitchn has everything you need to know about how to use it and store it.

Stay in the Know!
Do you receive the Downtown Farmers Market weekly bulletin?  Subscribe here (scroll down) and you’ll get a sneak peak at who’ll be at the market.


Order future Fresh Boxes HERE.  Tell a friend and you’ll both get $5 off your next box.  Enter FRESHFRIEND at checkout and tell your friend to mention your name in the order notes.

Tell us how you liked your Fresh Box.  We’d love to see what you made with your goodies too!  Tweet or Instagram us at @vanmarkets and tag your photos #DFMFreshBox

 

The Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box is a weekly box of 5-7 fruits and vegetables picked and packed and ready for you.  Order online and pickup at the market or we can deliver!  For more information, visit the Fresh Box page.


The weekend starts now - Jun 15

The weekend starts now!

Stock up on all the fresh farm-to-table goods you need for your weekend bbq, beach picnics, or fathers day brunch!

Shop our convenient lunch hours of 11-3pm, every Thursday, get a bite at the market and a quick market shop too! We’ll have authentic Eastern European pierogies from Old Country Pierogi and delicious sandwiches from Cheese Me! onsite this week! Looking for a coffee to get you through the later part of your day? We have that too! Make sure to pick up a Loyalty Lunch Card from the market info tent and every 8th lunch is on us!


In Season: Strawberries!

We’ll finally see the first of the strawberries at the market this week after a very tough wet winter & spring for local farmers… You can check out what local farmers are expecting with this in season list!


Meet our Farmers:

Abundant Acres – Armed with the conviction that farming should contribute to soil health and be in harmony with the natural world, this family is happy to provide you with full-flavour vegetables grown from non-GMO seeds and without the use of synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or fertilizers. All their warm-loving crops are soil-grown, in unheated, moveable greenhouses. “We’d love to be your vegetable farmers!”

G&D Growers – a family operated fruit farm in the lower Fraser valley. Their primary crops are Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries, however they also grow various vegetables for the local markets. We expect they will have strawberries in tow this Thursday!

One Love Farm – a small, family vegetable, herb, and flower farm nestled among the wild and rugged bench lands of Lillooet, B.C. Their farming practises are aimed to enhance the land upon which they grow… strictly organic, with certification in process. All of their produce is grown with the love they channel from the natural forces surrounding this beautiful farm. This love is transferred to you, affecting your life in countless positive ways as you consume it. “All of our varieties are chosen for flavour and culinary excellence.”

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S DOWNTOWN MARKET VENDORS HERE


Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box

No time to shop?  Don’t miss out on the fresh stuff – order a FreshBox, our weekly market CSA program.  $25 per week, packed and ready to go home with you!

Looking ahead at a busy week? With a Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box you’ll get a market shopping trip done in 5 minutes. Pickup is Thursday at the Downtown Vancouver Farmers Market and you can order online until 5pm on Tuesdays.

We do the picking and all you have to do is enjoy!


Help us spread the word! Print out a Downtown Farmers Market poster for your lunch room, and help promote the market on your social media channels with these handy sample posts and market photos!

VISIT US AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE PLAZA (650 HAMILTON ST.), THURSDAYS, 11AM-3PM, JUNE 1ST –OCTOBER 5TH

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION HERE

DISCOVER OUR SIX OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.


The Weekend Starts Now - Jun 8

The weekend starts now!

Stock up on all the fresh farm-to-table goods you need for weekend bbqs, beach picnics, and summer entertaining each Thursday at the Downtown Farmers Market!

NEW LUNCHTIME HOURS!  Grab delicious food cart offerings and do a quick grocery shop during our new, convenient market hours of 11am-3pm. Pick up a Loyalty Lunch Card from the market info tent and every 8th lunch is on us! This week we’re excited to eat gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches from Cheeses Crust, Korean Taco’s from Disco Cheetah, Raw Vegan Pad Thai Salad from Gaia Ma & top it all off with ice cream from Say Hello Sweets!


In Season:

The long, wet winter continues to mean that many growers have had a late start to the season and but we’re starting to see them trickle in (…with strawberries & cherries next week!!)…but even with all that, we will still have a variety of fresh produce from our vendors this Thursday!

beets, salad greens, rhubarb, chard, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, turnips, spinach, radishes, eggs, salmon, honey…check out the full in season list here!


Don’t Miss:

The Street Vendors Collective – a peer-managed, independent collective of vendors and peers from the Downtown Eastside community.

Based out of the Carnegie Community Centre, the pilot project offers vending opportunities using carts and tables to low-income artists, craftspeople, and people with experience in the informal economy.

The objective of this pilot project is to develop more legal low-barrier economic opportunities for local artists, binners, and entrepreneurs to participate in the formal economy.

Each week you’ll find two vendors participating in this pilot project at the Downtown Farmers Market – make sure to check them out!

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S DOWNTOWN MARKET VENDORS HERE


Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box

No time to shop?  Don’t miss out on the fresh stuff – order a FreshBox, our weekly market CSA program.  $25 per week, packed and ready to go home with you!

Looking ahead at a busy week? With a Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box you’ll get a market shopping trip done in 5 minutes. Pickup is Thursday at the Downtown Vancouver Farmers Market and you can order online until 5pm on Tuesdays.

We do the picking and all you have to do is enjoy!


Help us spread the word! Print out a Downtown Farmers Market poster for your lunch room, and help promote the market on your social media channels with these handy sample posts and market photos!

VISIT US AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE PLAZA (650 HAMILTON ST.), THURSDAYS, 11AM-3PM, JUNE 1ST –OCTOBER 5TH

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION HERE

DISCOVER OUR SIX OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.