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What's Fresh at Trout Lake - August 27th

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The Produce

Artichokes, Cucamelons, Grapes, Apples, Heirloom Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Kohlrabi, Pattypan Squash, Pears, Purple Beans, Sweet Peppers, Sungold Tomatoes, Watermelon, Eggplant

Farm Tour

This past week our market team was lucky enough to visit Shalefield Organic Gardens in the Columbia Valley. We toured the 10-acre farm and got to see first hand where all the delicious berries, greens, tomatoes and cucumbers grow! Stop by their stall this week to see what made it to the market and for a taste of this biodynamic farm.

For photos of the visit to Shalefield Organic Gardens, as well as to Fresh Quality Produce and Warmerdam Flowers, see our Facebook album.

Don’t Miss

The Salt Spring Coffee Edible Scavenger Hunt kicks off this Saturday at Trout Lake, and runs until October 9. This is a super fun and easy way for shoppers to connect with farmers, food, and even market crew, for a chance to win some sweet prizes. Pick up a copy at the red Info Booth mid market and get ready for some market fun!

RIPE Tickets On Sale

Early Bird tickets for RIPE 2016 on sale now! A limited number of discounted tickets (save $15) are still available for Vancouver Farmers Markets’ Annual Dinner Celebration, taking place at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall on Sunday, October 16th. RIPE 2016 will feature 8 of the city’s top farm-to-table restaurants paired with our farms and producers to present a local food feast to remember.

And the best part? Buy your tickets before August 31st and be entered to win a pair of tickets to Metro Vancouver Feast of FieldsGet tickets today!

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park / Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - Aug 20 - TOMATO FEST!

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The Produce

apricots, artichokes, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, kholrabi, melons, pattypan squash, peaches, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

Tomato Festival

This Saturday, we’re celebrating tomatoes in all their multicoloured and many-sized glory!

  • Tomato Display: Did you know there are over 150 varieties of tomatoes at the Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets? Including but not limited to 150VarietiesofKlippersOrganicTomatoes (click on the link for a PDF with pictures!). Check out our display tabes in the middle of the market to see some of the different varieties as well as suggestions for how to eat them
  • Tomato Tasting: What better way to get to know tomatoes than to taste them? We’ll have a variety of tomatoes available to sample.
  • Recipes: Got a favourite? Share it on our Facebook page! We’ll share some of ours at the markets

Don’t Miss!

Circle Farm Tour will have seedling planting for kids, as well as a gift basket shoppers of any age can enter to win! Visit their booth at the West entrance to the market to learn more about their self-guided agri-tourism tours in the Fraser Valley and enter their contest.

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GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - August 13th

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 The Produce

apricots, artichokes, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, kholrabi, melons, pattypan squash, peaches, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

Bike To Shop Day

This Saturday, we’re celebrating using cycling for everyday errands as part of the first annual Bike to Shop Day! Cycle to the market and be entered in a prize draw for non-perishable goodies and bike related items made by market vendors. Cyclists will also save the $2 market money fee – just show us your helmet.

Don’t Miss

Contest Alert!  We’re excited to celebrate Tomato Fest at Trout Lake and Kitsilano on August 20th and 21st. Show us your ugliest tomatoes and enter to win $20 Market Money by tagging your ugly tomato photo #inglorioustomato @vanmarkets on Instagram. Winner will be picked on Friday, August 19th. Find your ugly heirloom tomato this week at Trout Lake Market!

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park, just north of Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORSHERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - August 6th

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It’s Member Appreciation Day!

This weekend we’re saying thank you to our members! The ongoing support helps the market non-profit run 6 summer markets and 2 winter markets across the city. Snag a member card and ask your favourite vendors if they have any member specials. Here’s a teaser of some of the many specials available this Saturday:

  • Jobst Hof Orchards: box of 25lb+ of semi-freestone RedHaven peaches for $40 (regular price $62.50).
  • Rockweld: buy one package of drumsticks, get one package FREE!
  • Stapleton Sausage: 10% off your choice of any 2 packages
  • Tien Jewels & Spells: he’ll pay the tax for you
  • Nidhi’s Cuisine: 3 for $11 baked samosas, and 3 for $22 chutneys
  • Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: buy any 2 products and get $1 off
  • Culver City Salads:  buy any meal salad, get a sweet cookie free
  • Aussie Pie Guy: $3 off a hot pie

The Produce

apricots, artichokes, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, kholrabi, melons, pattypan squash, peaches, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

Don’t Miss:

Stoney’s Paradise, aka “the Tomato guy”, is back with his well-coveted tomatoes. Get there early to line up if you want a pint of his delicious sungolds or other heirloom tomato varieties!

Electro Recycle will be accepting your used electronics. Bring your toasters, hair curlers, and more so they can be given new life through the recycling program.

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park, just north of Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - July 30

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The Produce

apricots, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, kholrabi, melons, pattypan squash, peaches, peas, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

 

Manager’s Picks

With so many beautiful tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers at the market, this week is a great one for a greek salad! Get your veggies from one of our many organic and non-organic farmers, some olives and olive oil from Dundarave Olive Company, feta cheese from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and you’ve got yourself a delicious summertime meal.

 

Don’t Miss:

Alcohol vendors this week include Bomber Brewing, Artisan SakeMaker, and Wayward Distillation House. Crafters include Jacqueline Robins Ceramics, Royal Herbs organic bodycare products, woodworker The Wooden Forge, and jeweler Nancy Esworthy Designs. Our alcohol-makers and crafters only come to the market a few times a season, so visit them while you have the chance!

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park, just north of Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh At Trout Lake - July 23rd

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The Produce

apricots, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes,  Chinese lettuce, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, pattypan squash, peaches, peas, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

The Vendors

We’ve got lots of Trout Lake vendors that we’re seeing for the first time this season!

FIRST WEEK:

  • Earnest Ice Cream: Artisan ice cream with an emphasis on local, seasonal and creative flavours.
  • Forrest Nelson Certified Organic Produce: Cawston grown organic tree fruit, vegetables and herbs
  • Helmer’s Organic Farm: Pemberton grown organic garlic, potatoes and carrots
  • The Hive Printing: Artisan screen print shop in Vancouver, printing onto locally sourced fabrics
  • Twisted Hills Craft Cider: Small batch organic cider produced from their own apple orchard in Cawston BC.

LAST WEEK:

  • Natural Village: locally grown vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Manager’s Picks

Snag some fresh Smith Inlet Sockeye from Blue Comet Seafood, certified organic meat from Vale Farms Grassroots, or a scoop of regular or vegan ice cream from Earnest Ice Cream. It’s also corn and zucchini season – consider buying lots of both for corn and zucchini chowder, grilled together as a summer salad, or added to pork for a great entree.

Don’t Miss:

Helmer’s Organic Farm is back at Trout Lake with their many varieties of Pemberton, BC potatoes, grown on a certified organic farm using bio-dynamic practices. Unfamiliar with bio-dynamic practices? Ask them to learn more!

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park, just north of Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - July 16th

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The Produce

apricots, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes,  Chinese lettuce, chives, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, pattypan squash, peaches, peas, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

The Vendors

We’ve got a Trout Lake vendor that we’re seeing for the first time this season!

FIRST WEEK:

Arila Apiary – local honey, beeswax balm and bee pollen

Manager’s Picks

Now is a great opportunity to preserve the bounty of fresh, BC grown summer produce for the winter months. Beets and pickling cucumbers can be pickled, berries made into jams or frozen whole, peaches and apricots canned, herbs dried – the possibilities are endless! If you’re picking up large quantities of produce, come to the red Info Booth to learn about our grocery valet service.

Don’t Miss:

Erin from Stein Mountain Farm will be braiding garlic during the market. Braiding garlic is both beautiful and practical, providing great air circulation for each bulb during storage. Find her on the southeast side of the market to watch this unique skill in action!

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - July 9

The Produce

apricots, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes,  Chinese lettuce, chives, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, green onions, pattypan squash, peaches, peas, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

The Vendors

We’ve got a few Trout Lake vendors that we’re seeing for the first time this season!

FIRST WEEK:

Pottery by Dave and Family, Tempea Natural Foods Ltd, Dogwood Brewing

Manager’s Picks

If you’ve been to the market recently, you’ll know that cherry season is in full swing! Whether you prefer crunchy, tart cherries or soft, sweet cherries – there is a variety for you. Jobst-Hof, Golden West, Stein Mountain and Harvey’s Orchards are just a few cherry vendors you can expect to see this Saturday.

Don’t Miss:

Creperie la Boheme is back with their popular buckwheat crepes – arrive early to avoid long lines! To satisfy any sweet craving, the gooey pecan dairy free coconut dark chocolates from Take a Fancy Chocolate & Sweets come highly recommended. Other bread and baked good options include Blackberry Hill, A Bread Affair, French Made Baking and Batard Boulangerie.

 

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - July 2nd

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Member Appreciation Day

It’s Member Appreciation Day, the first market of the month! Members help support our non-profit organization in organizing 8 seasonal farmers markets every year. On Member Appreciation Day, we say thank you by waiving the $2 transaction fee for market money. Vendors also offer discounts!

Here are some of the deals available at Trout Lake on Saturday:

  • A Bread Affair – $1 Organic Baguettes
  • Albert’s Herbs and Nursery – All vegetable bedding plants 25% off any purchase over $10
  • Gelderman – Ground Pork, $3.50/lb (reg. $4.25)
  • Nidhi’s Cuisine – Baked Samosas, 3 for $11
  • Purebread – .50 cents Off Any Loaf of Bread
  • Rockweld Farm – Buy Two Packs of Chicken Drumsticks, Get One Free
  • Stapleton Sausage – 10% Off Any Two Packages
  • Sole Food Street Farms – Free Bunch of Perennial Herbs with Any Purchase over $5

Curious about the membership program? Check out the different levels of membership here.

The Produce

basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes,  Chinese lettuce, chives, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, green onions, peas, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, sunflowers, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

The Vendors

We’ve got a Trout Lake vendor that we’re seeing for the first time this season!

FIRST WEEK:

Howling Dog Art Company

Manager’s Picks

This week is one of your last chances to buy plant starts for your garden! Albert’s Herbs and Nursery has beautiful squash plants, among others. Plant them now and you’ll have beautiful squash by the end of summer.

Don’t Miss:

ElectroRecycle will be at the market ready to accept over 300 different kinds of small appliances, as well as answer any recycling questions you may have!

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - June 25th

The Produce

basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes,  Chinese lettuce, chives, cucumbers, edible flowers, eggplant, fennel, garlic scapes, green onions, peas, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, sunflowers, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

The Vendors

We’ve got some Trout Lake vendors that we’re seeing for the first time this season!

First Week:

Bean Boy Creations, Chouchou Crepes, Pete’s Pies and Jacqueline Robins Ceramics

Manager’s Picks

It looks like it will be great Saturday for a summer picnic! Great snacking options at Trout include popsicles from Nice Pops, baked goods from Blackberry Hill, cheese from Golden Ears Cheesecrafters or Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, hummus from Bean Boy Creations, or a selection of fruit from one of the many farmers. Cherries, blackberries, apricots, blueberries, strawberries AND raspberries are all in season – incredible.

Don’t Miss:

This week we’ll be celebrating the mural painted last summer on the Trout Lake Market container by artist Cole Bazin and community volunteers. Join us at 1pm for cake and snacks to celebrate!

Blue Comet Seafoods will have fresh Barkley Sound sockeye (fillets and whole fish).

Salt Spring Coffee will be there with cold brew coffee samples – find them at the West entrance to the market.

 

Get a complete list of this week’s Trout Lake Farmers Market vendors here.

Discover our five other summer market locations on our Markets Page.