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Nada Grocery: The 5Rs of Market Shopping

 

Nada Grocery have a mission to bring 100% package-free recycling to the people of Vancouver. They pop-up at events and businesses around town, bringing their mobile grocery markets to shoppers who are looking to reduce food and packaging waste.

In anticipation of opening their first retail store at 675. East Broadway in early 2018, Nada was recently onsite at our Mt. Pleasant Market to share some useful recycling tips with market shoppers. If you missed them, check out their 5Rs of Market Shopping:

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Refuse packaging you don’t need. Most farmers are happy to sell their product with little or no packaging, as that is one less cost they have to take on. Simply bring your own cloth bag (those mesh laundry bags work great for this!) and ask to have your produce put there instead of in plastic bags.

Reduce packaging you can’t refuse. Of course not all products will be available package-free all the time (think cheeses, eggs, and those lovely seasonal preserves that are popping up all over the place). When you’re looking for these items, choose the ones with the least packaging, and consider how the packaging might be reused, recycled, or composted down the line…

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Reuse what you can. One of our favourite zero waste discoveries was when we realized we could give back packaging to our friends at the farmers market! Many stands are happy to reuse empty egg cartons, berry containers, elastics and twist-ties! You can either return it right at the source (for example by emptying berries into your own bag and giving the berry carton back), or take it home with you and bring it back next week for reuse. Products like pickles or jams are often sold in glass jars, a zero-waster’s best friend. Reuse these for storage of dry goods, as drink containers, or to freeze batches of soup

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Recycle what’s left. Once you’ve followed the tips above, there shouldn’t be too much left to recycle. If you think your packaging can be given another useful life, try to do so, or send a message to the Zero Waste Vancouver Facebook group to see if anyone will take it off your hands. Once your options are exhausted, make sure it goes in your recycling container rather than the trash can!

Rot (compost) everything else. We always say that the best packaging of all is nature’s packaging. Egg shells, cherry stems and pits, avocado skins… once these have done their job keeping your product nice and fresh, send ‘em over to the compost, where they can nurture the next generations of fruit and veg.


Last Market of the Season at Hastings Park!

Hastings Park Winter Market runs every Sunday, 10am-2pm until April 30

Farm

Glen Valley Farm: asparagus, nettles, radishes, vegetable starts

Ossome Acres: Certified Organic pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts, eggs, nettles, walnuts, beets, carrots, dandelion greens, palettes, cabbage tops

VFM Direct*: eggplant, parsnips, potatoes, microgreens, dried wild mushrooms, white onions, apple juice, kale, hop shoots, collard tips, kale buds, asparagus, rhubarb, frozen berries

Meat/Seafood

Blue Comet Seafoods: flash frozen at sea black cod, halibut, salmon, tuna, canned sockeye salmon, canned smoked pink salmon, canned albacore tuna, canned smoked albacore tuna, cold smoked sockeye lox-sliced, cold smoked white spring chunks, hot smoked spring-peppered and natural, springs salmon maple nuggets, salmon candy 

Rockweld Farm: chicken, eggs

Specialty Farm Products

Cedar Isle Farm: Certified Organic free range eggs, whole grain flour from wheat, rye, barley, and oats

Christina’s Garden: vegetable starts

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: grassfed butter, velvet brie cheese, jersey blue cheese, gouda cheese, havarti cheese, cheese curds

Valley Gold Apiary: local honey

The Promised Land Farm: Wild Harvest nettles, dried chantrelle mushrooms, dried pine mushrooms, dried lobster mushrooms, sorrel, spouts, sun chokes, dried kombu seaweed

View a complete list of weekly vendors here

Don’t Miss

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Summer Market Schedules

Thanks everyone for the awesome season at Hastings Park! The rain, wind and snow didn’t stop us from bringing fresh, local food to Hastings Park. We’ll be back next November, but you can shop at any of our summer market locations until next season:

  • Trout Lake – opens May 6, 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
  • Kitsilano – opens May 7, 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.
  • West End – opens May 27, 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
  • Mt Pleasant – opens May 28, 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
  • Main St Station – opens May 31, 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain
  • Downtown – opens June 1, 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.

Help Spread the Word!

Help Hastings Park Winter Market GROW! Tell your friends, share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here


What's Fresh at Hastings Park - Apr 23

Hastings Park Winter Market runs every Sunday, 10am-2pm until April 30

Farm

Ossome Acres: Certified Organic pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts, eggs, nettles, walnuts, beets, carrots, dandelion greens, palettes, cabbage tops

Paul’s Produce: onions, garlic, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, beets, leeks,  frozen berries, cucumbers, bell peppers, rhubarb, tomatoes

VFM Direct*: eggplant, parsnips, potatoes, microgreens, dried wild mushrooms, white onions, apple juice, kale, hop shoots, collard tips, kale buds

Meat/Seafood

Blue Comet Seafoods: flash frozen at sea black cod, halibut, salmon, tuna, canned sockeye salmon, canned smoked pink salmon, canned albacore tuna, canned smoked albacore tuna, cold smoked sockeye lox-sliced, cold smoked white spring chunks, hot smoked spring-peppered and natural, springs salmon maple nuggets, salmon candy 

Greendale Meats: beef, pork, turkey

Rockweld Farm: chicken, eggs

Specialty Farm Products

Brian and Agnes Specialty Daffodils: beautiful varieties of locally grown daffodils

Cedar Isle Farm: Certified Organic free range eggs, whole grain flour from wheat, rye, barley, and oats

Christina’s Garden: vegetable starts

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: grassfed butter, velvet brie cheese, jersey blue cheese, gouda cheese, havarti cheese, cheese curds

Honey Bee Zen Apiaries: honey, beeswax candles

The Promised Land Farm: Wild Harvest nettles, dried chantrelle mushrooms, dried pine mushrooms, dried lobster mushrooms, sorrel, spouts, sun chokes, dried kombu seaweed

View a complete list of weekly vendors here

Featured Vendor: Rising Knead Bakery

A small artisan bakery specializing in traditional naturally fermented sourdough breads and pastries. Rising Knead uses fresh ingredients that are locally-sourced and organic where possible. Everything is handcrafted in small batches using organic Canadian-grown grains with a percentage now being freshly milled.

Catch Rising Knead for their first VFM market this Sunday at Hastings Park! 

Veggie of the Week: Rhubarb

Rhubarb! A sign that spring is actually here (don’t let this gloomy weather fool you). Pickup some frozen berries from Paul’s Produce and whip up a berry rhubarb pie this Sunday.

Don’t Miss

Shopper Surveys!

Help Hastings Park Winter Market Grow! Your feedback helps us create healthy, bustling markets. Take our shopper survey and tell us what you think by stopping out our survey tent this Sunday!

Help Spread the Word!

Help Hastings Park Winter Market GROW! Tell your friends, share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here


What's Fresh at Hastings Park - April 16

Hastings Park Winter Market runs every Sunday, 10am-2pm until April 30

Farm

Ossome Acres: Certified Organic pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts, eggs, nettles, walnuts, beets, carrots, dandelion greens, palettes, cabbage tops

Paul’s Produce: onions, garlic, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, beets, leeks,  frozen berries, cucumbers, bell peppers

VFM Direct*: eggplant, parsnips, potatoes, microgreens, dried wild mushrooms, white onions, apple juice, kale, hop shoots

Meat/Seafood

Blue Comet Seafoods: flash frozen at sea black cod, halibut, salmon, tuna, canned sockeye salmon, canned smoked pink salmon, canned albacore tuna, canned smoked albacore tuna, cold smoked sockeye lox-sliced, cold smoked white spring chunks, hot smoked spring-peppered and natural, springs salmon maple nuggets, salmon candy 

Greendale Meats: beef, pork, turkey

Rockweld Farm: chicken, eggs

Specialty Farm Products

Brian and Agnes Specialty Daffodils: beautiful varieties of locally grown daffodils

Farmer Koo: tulips, daffodils, cool weather starts including: kale, broccoli, brussel srouts, snow peas, sugar snap peas

Cedar Isle Farm: Certified Organic free range eggs, whole grain flour from wheat, rye, barley, and oats

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: grassfed butter, velvet brie cheese, jersey blue cheese, gouda cheese, havarti cheese, cheese curds

The Promised Land Farm: Wild Harvest nettles, dried chantrelle mushrooms, dried pine mushrooms, dried lobster mushrooms, sorrel, spouts, sun chokes, dried kombu seaweed

View a complete list of weekly vendors here

Naturally Died Easter Eggs

Skip the egg dying kit and use your veggie scraps to dye eggs this Easter! Find cabbage, onions and beets from Paul’s Produce.

  • 1 cup chopped purple cabbage — makes blue on white eggs, green on brown eggs
  • 1 cup red onion skins — makes lavender or red eggs
  • 1 cup yellow onion skins — makes orange on white eggs, rusty red on brown eggs
  • 1 cup shredded beets — makes pink on white eggs, maroon on brown eggs
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric — makes yellow eggs
  • 1 bag Red Zinger tea — makes lavender eggs

→ Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to every cup of strained dye liquid

→ For every dozen eggs, plan on using at least 4 cups of dye liquid

Find full instructions on how to dye eggs naturally HERE.

…or skip the dye completely and find green eggs from Cedar Isle Farm!

Don’t Miss

Shopper Surveys!

Help Hastings Park Winter Market Grow! Your feedback helps us create healthy, bustling markets. Take our shopper survey and tell us what you think by stopping out our survey tent this Sunday!

Help Spread the Word!

Help Hastings Park Winter Market GROW! Tell your friends, share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here


What's Fresh at Hastings Park - April 9

Hastings Park Winter Market runs every Sunday, 10am-2pm until April 30

Farm

Ossome Acres: Certified Organic pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts, eggs, nettles, walnuts, beets, carrots, dandelion greens, palettes, cabbage tops

Paul’s Produce: onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, beets, leeks,  frozen berries, cucumbers, bell peppers

VFM Direct*: eggplant, parsnips, potatoes, microgreens, dried wild mushrooms, white onions, apple juice, kale, hop shoots

Meat/Seafood

Blue Comet Seafoods: flash frozen at sea black cod, halibut, salmon, tuna, canned sockeye salmon, canned smoked pink salmon, canned albacore tuna, canned smoked albacore tuna, cold smoked sockeye lox-sliced, cold smoked white spring chunks, hot smoked spring-peppered and natural, springs salmon maple nuggets, salmon candy 

Greendale Meats: beef, pork, turkey

Rockweld Farm: chicken, eggs

Specialty Farm Products

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: grassfed butter, velvet brie cheese, jersey blue cheese, gouda cheese, havarti cheese, cheese curds

The Promised Land Farm: Wild Harvest nettles, dried chantrelle mushrooms, dried pine mushrooms, dried lobster mushrooms, sorrel, spouts, sun chokes, dried kombu seaweed

View a complete list of weekly vendors here

Don’t Miss

Shopper Surveys!

Help Hastings Park Winter Market Grow! Your feedback helps us create healthy, bustling markets. Take our shopper survey and tell us what you think by stopping out our survey tent this Sunday!

Help Spread the Word!

Help Hastings Park Winter Market GROW! Tell your friends, share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here