This week sees the return of the popular Jobst-Hof from the Okanagan. He’ll be bringing down a truckload of fresh, big and beautiful cherries. But we’ve got other cherry vendors too so spread the love around and get in on this bounty from some of the world’s best orchards.
And don’t forget about our Corn Festival on July 25. BCs hot hot weather means that corn is early and that’s why our annual corn festival is on July 25. We’re having a BBQ corn roast with lots of butter and salt and pepper available. Plus we’ll have lots of other corn products available along with corn prize giveaways on our Spinnerama wheel!
The late James Barber once said that ‘fresh butter and good bread was one of life’s great feasts.’ We happen to agree. You’ll have to supply the butter but Beyond Bread has the most beautiful loaves you’ll find anywhere. Kitsilano’s Beyond Bread will be onsite so check them out.
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Try Aji Gourmet Products and The Original Mexican Gourmet. Aji (pronounced Ah-hee) is the Latin American word for all hot peppers. Aji also makes delicious guacamoles and pepper sauces that range from mild to blast furnace hot!
The Original Mexican Gourmet makes Cajeta [ka-heh-tah] which is a goat’s milk caramel spread with centuries of tradition. Its applications are truly endless! Enjoyed the same on toast, as it is in baking, or drizzled over ice cream or cheesecake….whatever your heart desires! Glorias. This simple yet delicious toffee-like candy packs a punch of OMG Vanilla Cajeta flavour that has been reduced even further and then added roasted pecans. These ‘heavenly’ treats are typical from northern Mexico, particularly in Monterrey city. They are typically wrapped in red cellophane squares and sold in packages. At OMG just like we make our Cajeta, we follow the traditional recipe to recreate the same flavours.
Sound interesting? It does to me. I’ll be there sampling these unique offerings and we hope to see you here as well!
Want to find where your favourite vendor will be in the market? Here’s a link to an interactive market map.
The List: This Week’s Member Specials
July is our official birthday month, and we’re starting the party off right with some VFM Member love, starting this Thursday at Yaletown Market!
It was 20 years ago on July 29, 1995 that we opened the first East Van Market to 500 eager shoppers. VFM markets now host over 425,000 visitors each year, some of whom have been supporting our producers since the very first day!
We couldn’t have come this far without the support of our shoppers and especially our Market Members, whose generous annual support provide resources to help us run our markets. This week, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
This Saturday is MAD! That’s Member Appreciation Day, where on the first market of each month we forgo the $2 transaction fee when you purchase market money. Plus, if you see a rainbow coloured sign on a vendor’s stall they’re offering members discounts on their products. Not a member yet? Our basic memberships start at just $20 per year. Becoming a member helps our non-profit to thrive while we work to support a healthy food system that values the BC farmer and producer. See us at the info tent for more details.
This week we welcome for the first time The Local Omnivore food truck. True to their name, they offer up an omnivorous selection like bacon cheeseburgers with hand-cut Kennebec fries, or, for the vegetarian-nivore (that’s not a word is it?) they have fare like a cauliflower hot wing sandwich. Check them out and bring your appetite for both shopping and eating.
BCs stunning but hot weather has meant that BCs peak corn season has moved up a couple of weeks. That’s why we’re celebrating our Corn Festival on July 25. Stay tuned to this blog for upcoming details and plan on getting in on some fabulous fresh corn.
Craft beer and spirits fans are in luck with Bomber Brewing and Odd Society ~ Makers of Fine Spirits attending this saturday’s market. Try Bomber Brewing’s India Pale Ale. Referred to as simply ‘IPA’ by craft beer lovers everywhere, IPA is the most heavily hopped of beers. Intense hop flavours of Bomber’s IPA has a wonderful hint of bitter orange.
Looking for a favourite vendor? Here’s a link to an interactive market map.
See you there!
We’ve got lots of stuff going on that’s for sure. Remember to drop by the information booth and fill out your entry form for your chance to win $100 in market money! Spend it anyway you like at any vendors you like.
This week we welcome Yaletown Distilling Company to our market. You might be familiar with the Yaletown logo as these are the same people who’ve been creating 20 years of craft beer in the heart of Yaletown. Pay them a visit this Saturday and sample a craft gin or vodka using BC grown grains and barley.
You’ll be pleased to learn that The Stapleton Sausage Company will be back with us on Saturday. I love the pork and apple but all their varieties are top notch. It’s getting harder to find good quality sausages so make sure you pay them a visit while they’re here.
We also welcome Forte Whole Foods. They make delicious cookies, bars and spreads, and all of their products are free from gluten, soy, corn, peanut, gum, cane sugar, additives and preservatives.
I’m also excited about Greendale Meats return. Grass fed beef from ethically treated animals. Talk to Rick and Brenda about their operation and you’ll feel good about your purchases.
Plus, we’ve got lots of fresh organic and traditional produce vendors, plus prepared foods like preserves and Nuez nut milks. Want to try the best popcorn there is? Stop by Gary’s Kettlecorn and try their fabulous product. Real good popcorn doesn’t even look like the stuff that comes in a microwave bag!
Here’s a link to our interactive market map so you can find your favourite vendors.
See you there.