It’s with regret that we announce the permanent closure of our Saturday Kerrisdale Market, which took place each June – Oct at 5500 East Boulevard. Despite having the loyal following of a core group of Kerrisdale regulars, this location suffered from declining attendance and vendor sales over the past few seasons.
While it is never an easy decision for us to close a market, we’re happy to report that overall, our markets are attracting more shoppers than ever before. Last year, 455,000 shoppers came out to VFM markets, an increase of 5,000 from 2014.
This season, we have 6 weekly summer locations across the city where you can shop local. Each of our neighbourhood markets needs the support of regular shopper attendance to grow and thrive. Shop weekly, and tell your friends!
On behalf of the Vancouver Famers Markets crew, along with all of the KFM vendors, I’d like to thank all of our loyal shoppers who frequented our market this summer. Some of you we’ve gotten to know over the years, while some of you were new to the market this year.
I’d also like to offer a special thanks to those amazing shoppers who helped us and our vendors dismantle the market during the ‘great storm’ of 29 August, and who left before we had the opportunity to say thanks!
While we’re closed for the winter, don’t forget that other Vancouver summer markets are still open. Markets like Trout Lake and Kits still have a couple of weeks remaining in their seasons. But soon the winter markets will open and this year there will be two to choose from. On Saturdays, Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium will commence from November 7, through to April 23, 2016, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Hastings Park Farmers Market will have its first full season commencing every Sunday from November 8, 2015 to May 1, 2016, 10 am to 2 pm.
And don’t forget our holiday market. You’ll find us at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm, where we’ll have 60+ vendors participating.
Have a great winter and we’ll see you at a Vancouver Farmers Market!
As our summer market start to wind down, there is still so much colour and bounty to be found! Take advantage of your Membership benefits this week with some great discounts, available exclusively for our Market Members.
View the October Member Specials here.
Find out how you can support Vancouver Farmers Markets through our Market Membership Program here.
Remember to bring your card with you to the market to cash in on these great savings, or buy or renew a Market Membership at the Market Info Tent at any of our 7 locations.
September was Survey Month at all of Vancouver Farmers Markets markets. Survey month is when we gather vital information about how to make our markets better and what YOU would like to see in the future. So thank all of you who took the time to fill our our survey when you’ve been at the market.
We’ve got two great markets to go in our 2015 season at Kerrisdale Farmers Market (KFM) and this week we’ll have three spirited beverage vendors: Twisted Hills Craft Cider, BC Wine Studios and Yaletown Distilleries. So, if you’re looking for fine wine, or both craft, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cider, plus fine artisan and locally-made vodka, you’re in luck.
I recently sampled Twisted Hills‘ non-alcoholic cider and I can attest that it is one exceptional libation. Anyone of any age can purchase their non-alcoholic cider. But, if you’re of legal drinking age, don’t forget to drop by each of these vendors for a free sample of their spirited cider (if you look younger than 40 you’ll be asked for ID)!
Stapleton Sausage Co. Does it get any better than this? Perhaps I’m biased but it’s just getting darned difficult to find quality sausages these days. Not only am I a Market Manager but I’m a shopper too! My preference is the pork and apple. What’s yours? Drop by for a free sample.
Beyond Bread. Where is that? I’m not exactly sure but I can tell you that their Morning Bun is beyond fabulous. The Morning Bun is a croissant-like bit of spun gold with a hint of orange peel and a whole lot of caramelized goodness that the KFM crew finds irresistible.
Also this Saturday we’ll have two organic produce vendors, plus lots of traditional produce vendors as well. Chocolate vendor Coconama will be on hand as well as lots of other prepared food vendors, so drop by as the weather is supposed to be fantastic.
For a complete list of vendors who’ll be at the market this week: MARKET MAP & VENDOR LIST
See you there!
We’re excited to have Artisan Sake Maker from Granville Island at the market this Saturday. Talk to Master Sake Maker Masa Shiroki about how he creates this unique array of sake beverages, from the surprising ‘sparkling sake’ to the fruity Junmai Nigori – Series Three.
In addition to sake we’ll see the return of Earlco Wines. Earlco’s Naramata, BC vineyards provide the grapes for this award-winning Okanagan vintner.
Jobst-Hof returns one last time and will be bringing late-season fruit and an array of fruit juices so drop by and stock up on some great BC products.
For grass-fed beef, sausages and eggs drop by Greendale Meats. Talk to Rick or Brenda about their farm operation and how they care for their animals. You’ll be impressed with their commitment to the best farming practices, and you’ll feel confident in purchasing products from this Fraser Valley farmer.
We’ll have two organic produce vendors this Saturday, with Crisp Organics and the Okanagan’s Forrest Nelson. Plus we’ll have lots of traditional produce vendors so you’re covered in the fruit and vegetable departments.
Want to help us make the market better? Drop by the survey tent when you’re at the market. September is Survey Month at KFM. This is your opportunity have your voice heard with regard to what you would like to see at the market and what we can do to improve your market experience. It only takes a couple of minutes and the information you provide is both confidential and vital to making Kerrisdale Farmers Market a great market.
Looking for your favourite vendor? Here’s a link to our interactive market map.
Looking for other upcoming Vancouver Farmers Markets events?
- Organic Week – September 19 – 27
- Food Swap – Mt Pleasant Farmers Market – September 27
- Vote Pop Up – Main St Station – September 30
- Fall Fair – Mt. Pleasant – October 4
- Harvest Festival – West End – October 10
- RIPE – Roundhouse Community Centre – October 18
- Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Market – November 7th
- Hastings Park Winter Market – November 8th
- Holiday Market – Croatian Cultural Centre – December 12th