Market News

West End Market - End of Season

Last Saturday October 22nd was our last market of the season! Thank you to all the vendors, volunteers, staff, and shoppers that made for another successful season at the West End Market! Your support is much appreciated.

Looking for fresh local food this winter? Check out our two winter markets:

  • Nat Bailey – Saturdays 10am – 2pm (except Dec 24 & 31) from Nov 5, 2016 – Apr 22, 2017
  • Hastings Park – Sundays 10am – 2pm (except Dec 25 & Jan 1) from Nov 6, 2016 – Apr 30, 2017

What's Fresh at the West End October 22nd

This is our final week for the West End Farmers Market! Make sure to come on over to stock up on all your favourite market products before the end of the season!

We have one more Downtown Farmers Market next Thursday October 27th, then there will be one week off before the start of our winter market season.

  • Nat Bailey Winter Market – Saturdays from Nov 5th – April 22nd
  • Hastings Park Winter Market – Sundays from Nov 6th – April 30th


IN SEASON NOW:

apples, artichokes, basil, beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, champagne grapes, chard, cauliflower, chives, corn, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, fennel, onions, garlic, garlic scapes, green beans, head lettuce, parsnips, peaches, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, salad mix, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini


IT’S YOUR LAST CHANCE TO VISIT THESE VENDORS…

 

  • Vlad’s Apiary – Honey, bee pollen, beeswax and beeswax candles made in Pitt Meadows

  •  Watershed Naturals – Eco-luxe Botanical Skincare, Aromatherapy & Handcraft Luxury Soap

  •  TFN Farm School – Educational farm growing a mix of vegetables, fruits and eggs

  •  33 Acres Brewing Company – Vancouver-brewed fine craft beer

….UNTIL NEXT SUMMER SEASON!


DON’T MISS:

Come to the Information Booth for free market money transactions (this Saturday only)! This is a way of saying thanks for your understanding about cancelling the market last weekend due to the threatening forecast of stormy weather.

ChopSwap is a community campaign that helps turn local restaurants and their customers into zero-waste heroes, and they will have a station at the market this Saturday! Pay them a visit to swap your disposable chopsticks for a pair of reusable ones! All swapped + reclaimed chopsticks will be donated to local school arts programs, crafters and other creative initiatives (or sent to compost).


TIME & LOCATION:

Every Saturday 9AM – 2PM at 1100 Comox St on beautiful Nelson Park!

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GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S WEST END FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


West End Harvest Festival Recap

 Thank you to all vendors and shoppers who braved the rain on October 8th to participate in Harvest Festival at the West End! Despite the weather, it was a great festival day which celebrated the produce of the season! We wanted to share some memories with you…

 

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Our apple and squash displays provided a glimpse of the many different varieties of squash and apples that are produced by our farmers!

 

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Our pie competition expert judges hard at work!

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Some beautiful vendor displays of seasonal produce that were at the market just in time for Thanksgiving!

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Congratulations to Margarita Huquiana who won 1st place in the 2016 West End Fall Fruit Pie Competition with her delicious Pear and Concord Grape Pie! (See Recipe Below)

PEAR AND CONCORD GRAPE PIE


Pecan Short Crust Pastry

(Can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored in refrigerator)

Ingredients:

  • 315g  all-purpose flour (unbleached)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 225g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water (add as needed)
  1. Place the flour, pecans, salt and sugar in a bowl
  2. Add the cubed butter and use your finger tips to “rub in” the butter, until the mixture resembles course breadcrumbs.
  3. Slowly add iced water to bring the dough together. Lightly knead until smooth.
  4. Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a disc shape, wrap in plastic wrap and rest in the fridge for at least 45 mins.

Pie Filling

Ingredients:

  • 500g concord grapes, stemmed
  • 1.5kg medium-ripe pears (peeled, cored and quartered and cut into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca/tapioca flour
  • 30g butter, cut into small pieces
  1. Squeeze pulp of each grape out of its skin into a large saucepan. Put skins into a large bowl, and set aside.
  2. Cook pulp over medium heat, stirring often, until soft, 8-10mins, then strain into bowl with skins, pressing on solids with the back of a spoon. Discard seeds.
  3. Return grape pulp and skins to saucepan and add pears and sugar. Cook until liquid releases and thickens, but pears retain their shape (this will depend on ripeness, but approximately 10-15 mins).
  4. Gently stir in lemon juice and tapioca flour.
  5. Place in a bowl and set aside to cool completely.

Optional: Fold through fall spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves.

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Assembly and Baking

  1. Take rested pie dough, roll out to approximately 4mm thick. Place in an 8-10 inch greased pie dish, trim edges and place in fridge to re-chill.
  2. Once pie crust is chilled firm, fill with pie filling. Scatter the small pieces of butter on top.
  3. Roll out remaining pie dough and place on top. Crimp edges and trim. Cut at least 4 slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Alternatively, cut decorative shapes to top the pie. Assemble on top, leaving holes to allow steam to escape.
  4. Brush with egg wash (egg yolk and a little milk). Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  5. Chill pie for 30 mins. In the meantime, preheat oven to 375F/180C.
  6. Place on a baking sheet, and place in oven. Bake for 40-55 mins (rotating a few times) or until the crust is golden brown and the juices from the filling are bubbling.
  7. Cool completely before serving.

 


West End October 15 - Cancelled

The Trout Lake and West End Markets are cancelled this Saturday, October 15th due to the approaching storm and forecasted high winds which could pose a threat to the safety of shoppers, vendors and market staff.

Our Kitsilano Market is on this Sunday, October 16th! Visit the Kits Market on Sunday from 10AM to 2PM at 10th and Larch (Kits Community Centre Parking lot) for all of your weekend market shopping needs!  Please stay tuned on social media for any updates – @vanmarkets


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Celebrate the harvest with Vancouver Farmers Markets THIS SUNDAY at RIPE 2016! RIPE features a knock-out roster of farm-to-table chefs paired with VFM producers to present 8 mouth-watering small plate tasting stations, seasonal cocktails, and local craft beverage. More info on participating chefs and vendors, and to buy tickets, at the RIPE event page.


WHAT’S FRESH AT THE WEST END NEXT WEEK (OCTOBER 22):

apples, artichokes, basil, beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, champagne grapes, chard, cauliflower, chives, corn, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, fennel, onions, garlic, garlic scapes, green beans, head lettuce, parsnips, pears, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, salad mix, spinach, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini


What's Fresh at the West End October 8


This Saturday is the Annual West End Harvest Festival – just in time for Thanksgiving!

Come on down and celebrate the harvest with a fun-filled day of activities for adults and children, great seasonal recipes, fun facts, cooking tips, apple and squash variety displays and our Fall Fruit Pie Competition! Pies are judged on taste, appearance, crust and originality. CLICK HERE to register for the Pie Competition (until 12PM on Friday)…there are some awesome prizes to be won! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


IN SEASON NOW:

apples, artichokes, basil, beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, champagne grapes, chard, cauliflower, chives, corn, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, fennel, onions, garlic, garlic scapes, green beans, head lettuce, parsnips, peaches, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, salad mix, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini


TOP PICKS TO CHECK OUT:

  • Go to Cropthorne Farm to get your bag full of organic brussel sprouts
  • Visit Aussie Pie Guy for a Harvest Fest Special soup made with market produce
  • Get a hot chocolate from Sarcastic Bean Coffee to keep you warm while you enjoy the Harvest Festival

DON’T MISS:

The West End Donation Station for the Dr. Peter Centre Food and Nutrition Program will be on site this Saturday! The program provides a complete and nutrient-dense menu that includes balanced portions of meat or alternatives, vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and dairy products. Any donation you can make is greatly appreciated—please consider filling a brown bag with fruit, vegetables, canned fish, nuts and eggs! Cash and market money are also accepted.  

This is the last week of The Salt Spring Coffee Edible Scavenger Hunt! Pick up a card at the Market Information Booth or download online, then complete all five activities listed on the edible scavenger hunt card and submit it by October 9th for your chance to win a number of great different prizes!

ChopSwap is a community campaign that helps turn local restaurants and their customers into zero-waste heroes, and they will have a station at the market this Saturday! Pay them a visit to swap your disposable chopsticks for a pair of reusable ones! All swapped + reclaimed chopsticks will be donated to local school arts programs, crafters and other creative initiatives (or sent to compost).


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Celebrate the harvest with Vancouver Farmers Markets at RIPE 2016! Tickets are on sale now for our annual dinner fundraiser, which takes place Sunday, October 16 at The Roundhouse. RIPE features a knock-out roster of farm-to-table chefs paired with VFM producers to present 8 mount-watering small plate tasting stations, seasonal cocktails, and local craft beverage. More info on participating chefs and vendors, and to buy tickets, at the RIPE event page.


TIME & LOCATION:

Every Saturday 9AM – 2PM at 1100 Comox St on beautiful Nelson Park!

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GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S WEST END FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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