Market News

On our way to BEYOND ZERO WASTE

 

VFM needs your help getting on the green train to zero waste and beyond! We’re working on reducing the total amount of waste created at the markets, which includes streaming all recyclable materials and eliminating non-recyclable garbage altogether.

Our vendors are currently seeking out compostable and recyclable alternatives for their serveware and packaging, and we’re analyzing our operations to determine various ways of reducing our impact. Here’s how you can help:
Reduce – Please bring your own shopping bags to the markets and reduce the need for another plastic bag. 

Eliminate  Styrofoam trays will no longer be available from our produce vendors. Styrofoam isn’t currently recyclable through curbside programs, and your raspberries will do just fine in a paper bag!

Reuse – Eco-savvy shoppers bring their reusable mugs, mason jars, and shopping bags to the markets for refilling. Don’t forget to bring yours when you come to the markets. 

Recycle – VFM food trucks take back all of their serveware for composting/recycling – make sure you return it to them when you’re done eating your delicious market lunch.

Dispose… elsewhere – Garbage pick-up is expensive! Please support our weekly non-profit events by not bringing outside waste into the markets – that includes coffee cups!

VFM would like to thanks its shoppers, community partners and vendors for their support in making this important transition to BEYOND ZERO WASTE!


At the Market this Week - Sept 19

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September is Survey Month at Kerrisdale Farmers Market (KFM). Survey Month is where we ask for your input on a range of topics which helps us to make the market better. So, stop by the survey tent this Saturday and spend a couple of minutes letting us know a little about you as a shopper — we’ll really appreciate it!

Looking for seafood, chicken or beef?
Blue Comet Seafoods will be onsite this Saturday. Read about their fishing practices by following the link. You’ll feel good about supporting this local fishing family. Vale Farms will provide their Grass-fed beef products, while Rockweld Chicken will have chicken and eggs. So you’re covered in the protein departments!

We’ll have two organic produce vendors onsite at well. Forrest Nelson from Cawston, BC and Crisp Organics from Abbotsford, BC.

Looking for that perfect Gift?
Ratatouille Designs will be back with their repurposed linens obtained in the markets of southern France and turned into wonderful linens of the highest quality.

Plus, we’ve got lots of prepared food, traditional produce and baked good vendors to choose from, so make your way down to Kerrisdale’s own Farmers Market this Saturday.

Looking for your favourite vendor? Here’s a link to our interactive market map.

See you there!


This Week at the Market - September 12

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It’s Kerrisdale Days this weekend. This is the annual event when the streets are an open market where shopkeepers display their wares on the sidewalk and offer great bargains. There’s also tons of fun stuff to do for families and kids. There’s live music and food trucks too! Check out the events planned on The Kerrisdale Business Association’s website.

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It’s Farmer Appreciation Week!
This is also the week when we celebrate our hardworking farmers. We’re celebrating farmers at all markets during the province-wide Farmers Market Week September 12 – 19 initiated by the BC Association of Farmers Markets.

What would the world be like without farmers? What difference do they make to your quality of life? Who are the stewards of our growing regions for future generations? Canadian farmers make it possible for us to eat local, nutritious food year round. We’re lucky to have a great group of growers in our community of vendors and this week, we’re celebrating their contribution to our great province and indeed to all of our livelihoods.

Farmers – Join us at the Info Tent at all markets for a nibble and a nosh at our Farmers Treat Station.  Snacks and beverages will be on offer as a little gesture of thanks.

Prepared Food, Craft and Food Trucks – Show love to the farmers among us by donating treats to our treat table or buying a coffee for a farmer this week.  Consider doing random acts of kindness for the farmer folk as we appreciate all their hard work and the fact that we wouldn’t have FARMERS markets without FARMERS!

Shoppers can get in the spirit by supporting our treat table through a donation at the Market Information tent!

Market Crew will be sporting Farmer Appreciation Week t-shirts all week to raise awareness of this special celebration.

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Now, for who’s going to be at this Saturday’s Market:

This week we welcome The Fort Wine Company to Kerrisdale Farmers Market. Follow the link to read about this Langley-based winery and discover their range of products. Another new vendor will be Twisted Hills Craft Cider from Cawston, BC. Twisted Hills creates varieties with names such as Kingston’s Twist, Calville’s Winter, Pippin’s Fate, etc. Sounds intriguing? It does to me.

This week we’ll see the return of the ever-popular Stapleton Sausage Company. Plus we’ll have Greendale Grass-Fed Beef on site. Mogiana Brazilian Coffee will be bringing their fabulously aromatic coffee and beans to the market, so stay awhile as the weather promises to be good this weekend. Pair that coffee with a treat from littlehomecook who makes delightful mini loaves of baked goodness.

We’ll have pies, granola and deserts by Her Majesty’s Pie and The Granola King. Honey will be available from Jane’s Honey Bees.

Plus, we’ll have two organic produce vendors and a host of traditional produce and prepared food vendors as well, so we hope to see you at the market this Saturday!


September 5 - Seniors Day

kfm_blog graphic_seniorsday-01That’s right friends, we’re celebrating this coming Saturday by offering some great deals geared towards seniors. Our vendors are busy putting together some special items and combinations that should be very well received this coming Saturday. Even if you’re not 55+ make sure you bring a senior whether they’re a grandparent, parent of friend and have some fun at Kerrisdale Farmers Market this coming Saturday!

Are you a member of Vancouver Farmers Markets? No? Well, you should be. Because this next market is a MAD market. What’s that? On the first market of each month, members receive discounts on vendor products. Plus, we forgo the $2 transaction fee on market money. By becoming a member you’re also supporting our non-profit and helping to ensure that the small farmer and producer has a stake in the vital food system. Sounds pretty good to me. Ask about becoming a member at the info tent next time you’re at the market.

This saturday will see two organic produce vendors, plus plenty of fruit and traditional produce vendors. One of my favourites, The Jerky Baron will return. Joel will be bringing his cones and kraft paper-wrapped satchels of what I consider to be BCs best beef jerky.

Another favourite is Beyond Bread. This Kitsilano Baker creates wonderful breads and pastries. Try the morning bun, it’s absolutely divine.

Looking for a good bottle of wine to go with Saturday or Sunday dinner? Try one of BC Wine Studio’s Siren’s Call vintages. BC Wine Studio produces award-winning wines that continue to grow in stature with wine aficionados. Talk to them about their wine making practices and their passion for creating some of BCs most respected wines.

Looking for your favourite vendor? Here’s a link to our interactive market map.

See you at the market!


This Week at the Market - August 29

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Before I get to this coming Saturday’s offerings, I want to remind you that September 5 is Seniors Day at Kerrisdale Farmers Market. You don’t have to be a senior to attend this market but for those of you who are 55+ our vendors are busy putting together some special deals for you so make sure you mark September 5th on your calendar!

beyondbreadBeyond Bread. Beyond fabulous! I recently had the pleasure of sampling two items from this Kitsilano baker’s selection at last week’s market. First was The Morning Bun, which was a high quality, flakey croissant-type pastry with orange zest. Ambrosia! The second was their country loaf, which was an extremely well-crafted bread that was rustic and just begged to be eaten in thick slices with fresh butter, which is what I did. I’ll be the first in line this Saturday when they return to KFM.

Here’s a blurb from their website:
Our bread, pastries, bites and brew are all done in house. This helps us maintain quality and freshness while keeping our business tied closely to the community.   A heaping spoonful of neighbourly love ensures that each hand-crafted delight we serve up is as outstanding as the folks who receive them. Of course, sweet talk can only do so much to describe who we are. If you really want to know what we’re about, come in and experience it for yourself.

REBEL POPS!

rebelpoparrayAre you familiar with Rebel Pops? Just looking at this photo makes me want to know a lot more. Wow. That’s some beautiful stuff there! What’s interesting about Rebel Pops is how they came to be. Follow the link to find out more about this fascinating business

Looking for a spirited beverage? We welcome a new vendor to KFM this Saturday. Twisted Hills Craft Cider will be joining us. Twisted Hills hail from Cawston, BC. Read about their company and their cider-making process by following the link provided. Looking for another type of alcoholic product? We’ll have Yaletown Distillery onsite with their craft vodka. Plus, for you wine lovers out there, we’ll see the return of Earlco who’ll be bringing their award-winning vintages to KFM.

An addition to the above vendors we’ll have two organic produce vendors plus a whole bunch of traditional produce available. For prepared foods we’ll see the return of Her Majesty’s Pie and The Granola King. Plus there’ll be flowers, jewelry, Jamaican Blue Coffee and gluten-free baked goods by Float On, so come on down for some great products.

Looking for your favourite vendor? Click here to access our interactive market map.

See you here… rain or shine!