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The first Nat Bailey of 2016!

Happy New Year!

We’re back at Nat Bailey this Saturday after taking a week off for the holidays, find us in the same place, at the same time (Nat Bailey Stadium, 10am-2pm). Whether your 2016 resolution is to buy more local, reduce your food miles, eat healthier or eat more organic – the farmers market is the perfect place to start the New Year off right!

We’re kicking off the New Year with Member Appreciation Day! Membership helps provide core funds to Vancouver Farmers Markets, the registered non-profit, that creates thriving community spaces like the Nat Bailey Farmers Market. MAD is our way or saying ‘thanks’ to our member community for their support all year long. Keep an eye out for the rainbow member special signs or ask your favourite farmer if they have a member special. Don’t forget your member card!

Not a member yet? Sign up at the market info booth or online!

Nat Bailey Pop Up

Starting this week we’re auditioning some brand-new vendors at Nat Bailey all January long. We’re excited to see what you think about vegan and nut-free baking, fresh, made-on-site pakoras, frozen meals made from scratch and more!

Look for the posters in our Pop-Up section at Nat Bailey, check out some of the new vendors and then let us know what you think! Should we invite them back? It’s up to you! Let us know what you think by tweeting @vanmarkets #NatBaileyPopUp!

This week’s Pop-Up Vendors:

  • The Pie Company – Our mission is use the freshest and best ingredients available to create exceptionally high quality savoury pies and pastries. A product that gives each customer an amazing food experience that leaves them wanting more.
  • Mandair Farms & Country Village – making fresh, made-on-site pakoras! Need we say more!?
  • Real Meals – Real Meals creates frozen meals made from scratch using a combination of organic and natural local ingredients that we deliver through out the Lower Mainland

Find more information about the Nat Bailey Pop Up HERE

2016 CSA Share Fair

Interested in a CSA but don’t know which is right for you? Come talk to the farmers & fishers who offer them. They will be ready to talk, answer questions and some may even take sign ups on January 16, 10-2, at the Nat Bailey Farmers Market.  Vancouver Farmers Markets vendors offer everything from a pre-loaded ‘credit’ card, beastie boxes, weekly fruits and veggies boxes and more. Can’t make it to the fair? Check out our CSA Box Program page for farmer contact info.
See you at the market!





Last Nat Bailey before Christmas!

Stock up!

That’s right – this is the last Nat Bailey before all your holiday meals and we’ve got everything you need to make sure they’re delicious! Mashed Helmer potatoes, roasted Forstbauer carrots, sauteed Hannah Brook brussels sprouts and Earth Apple shallot gravy – you really can’t go wrong. Come stock up at the Nat Bailey market this Saturday and support the farmers who make local winter food possible.

Don’t miss these vendors

  • Green Coast Craft Coffee: Kelly is offering hot coffee, freshly roasted at Elysian Coffee in Vancouver. His other products include Nitro-tapped Cold Brew Coffee from the Cold Brew Bike and his own cold brew concentrate ideal for your favourite coffee recipes.
  • Wenger Sheet Farm: Brigette and Henry are making their rare trek down from William’s Lake with lamb, home-made pasta, wool and special treats. Make sure to say hello and get there early (a lot of the lamb is already spoken for!)
  • Mixers & Elixers: Have you heard of shrubs? Have you tried them in your favourite Christmas beverages? They’re a fun way to add flavour to the holidays and would go excellently with that local craft gin you just picked up from Long Table Distillery

Holiday Hours

IMG_0517Nat Bailey: CLOSED December 26; OPEN Jan 2, 10am-2pm

Hastings Park: CLOSED December 27; OPEN Jan 3, 10am-2pm

Spread the word – friends don’t let friends show up to an empty parking lot!

Nat Bailey Pop-Up!

I'm at the Pop UpWe’re auditioning 5 new vendors at Nat Bailey this coming January and excited to see what you all think about vegan and nut-free baked goods, herbal medicinal teas from native Canadian plants, hot pies and kombucha on tap! Stay tuned for more details and come by in January to tell us what you think!

Buy $100 in Gift Cards, get $10 for yourself

It’s a 10% return on investment and the dividends are delicious! Help us spread the news about the Winter Markets, give the gift of choice while supporting local producers, and reap some of the benefit yourself. We’ve only got a few cards and coupons left, so stop by the Information Booth to get yours soon!  Looking for more local gifts? Check out our suggestions here

See you at the market!





What's at Nat Bailey - Dec. 12

Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or looking for gift ideas for the locavores in your life – the Nat Baily Winter Market has you covered! Join us at Nat Bailey this Saturday from 10-2pm to get your weekly grocery shopping done while you cross a few names off the list too!

Share your love of the Farmers Market

Heading to a holiday party and not sure what to bring? Can’t find anything for that special someone? We’ve got ideas!

Tasty ideas for you this week: Organic Bread, Pate, Dips or Tapenades, Chocolates, Wine, Beer, Spirits, Cookies or Sweets, Honey and Cheese, just to name a few! Find out who has these products with our Product Search Feature or ask us at the info booth!

Crafty gifts you’ll find: Handmade beeswax candles, hand-forged sterling silver jewelry, pottery, and lastly wooden ornaments and log sets from The Bees Knees Christmas Trees.

Gifts ideas from the info booth:

  • VFM Limited Edition Market Merch – including our 20th Anniversary Market Crates (see the photo above). These crates make great “gift baskets” when you fill them with market goodies!
  • Grown in Vancouver Calendars: Beautifully illustrated, featuring produce grown in Vancouver, this calendar is a perfect teacher gift and should probably go on your wall too!
  • Market Money Gift Cards: Thats right, give the gift of market money and send someone to the market! We have illustrated gift cards that we stick market money on and let you personalize! Special perk: buy $100 worth of gift cards and receive $10 to spend yourself!

This Saturday Only!

Make sure you make your way over to the Croatian Cultural Centre this Saturday, before or after your trip to the Nat Bailey WFM, for the 20th Annual Holiday Market, VFM’s one-day gifty extravaganza showcasing the best in local food and craft. This is one holiday event you don’t want to miss! Find all the details for the Holiday Market here!

Still stuck for ideas – check out our handy 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! Local gift giving couldn’t be easier!

See you at the market!

(Don’t forget – we’re closed December 26 but will be open again in the New Year for January 2!)




Wear Your Market On Your Sleeve!

This weekend’s Holiday Market is a great place to pick up a VFM-branded shirt or bag because all merchandise with a VFM logo is 20% off in celebration of our 20th Anniversary!

20th Anniversary T-shirts: Reg $20, SALE $16 plus tax

VFM Logo Adult T-shirts: Reg $17, SALE $13.60 plus tax

VFM Logo Kids/Youth T-shirts: Reg $15, SALE $12.00 plus tax

20th Anniversary Shopping Totes: Reg. $20, SALE $16 plus tax

VFM Stainless Travel Mugs: Reg. $15, SALE $12 plus tax

VFM Umbrellas: Reg $15, SALE $12 plus tax

VFM Aprons: Reg $17, SALE $13.60 plus tax

Also, market memberships are 2 for 1 this Saturday at the Holiday Market only.  Why not pickup a membership for yourself and a gift membership for a pal?  You can go to the market together and enjoy a year of benefits for 1/2 the price!

The Holiday Market takes place Saturday, December 12th at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive. For more information, visit 

Holiday Market Gift Guide

The Holiday shopping season is upon us, and there are many places around town to find beautiful things for your near and dear ones. But if the mall’s got you down and you have a bunch of savvy locavores on your list, VFM’s annual Holiday Market is a must for authentic and locally-produced handmade goods.

Over 60 VFM vendors will bring their seasonal best to the Croatian Cultural Centre on Saturday, December 12th for the 20th Annual Holiday Market, a one-day gifty extravaganza showcasing the best in local food and craft. VFM’s only indoor event, this festive shopping destination will feature a great selection of artisanal prepared food, craft beverage, and seasonal confectionary along with handmade craft including pottery, textiles, wood, jewellery, painting, soap and body care.

VFM staffers have complied a sneak peak of some of their top holiday picks in the following 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – look out for these vendors at the Holiday Market, as well as on select dates at Nat Bailey and Hastings Park Winter Markets in November/December.


Craft Alcohol

We are super excited to have our craft beverage producers join us at the Holiday Market for the first time ever!
Odd Society Spirits’s Creme de Cassis is an especially festive and gifty tipple that’s delicious on its own or as an addition to your seasonal bubbly.
Catch Odd Society at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th, as well as on Nov 28th and Dec 12th at Nat Bailey and Dec 13th at Hastings Park Winter Market.

Also look for: Legend Distilling’s Defender Island Gin

Cheese is Always Welcome!

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Island Brie has been a best seller at the Holiday Market for several years running. The brie’s creamy texture and velvet white rind get dressed up for the season with some candied pecans and cranberries; served up on a thin wooden board that doubles as a coaster when the cheese is gone, it’s the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties.

Along with the Holiday Market, Little Qualicum will also be at Nat Bailey every Saturday in Nov-Dec, and every other week at Hastings Park starting Nov 15th.

Something Shiny?

We might hang out in wet parking lots all winter, but VFM staff still love to get decked out in shiny, pretty things in our off hours.

Nancy Esworthy‘s gorgeous line of hand stamped and hammered sterling silver and copper jewellery mixed with wood, resin, and leather accents is one of our favourites.

You can find her at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th, as well as Nat Bailey on Dec 19th. View more of her beautiful jewellery hereAlso look for: The Magpie’s Nest’s reworked silver spoon jewellery.

If you’re looking to add some traditional romance to your holiday offerings, Ratatouille Designs’ one-of-a-kind linen wearables and housewares present some classic options.

The combination of new and antique fabrics used to create Ratatouille’s sweet and simple line of dresses, aprons, and household linens are all hand-selected by designer Susan Perkuhn at markets throughout Provence in southern France. Catch Ratatouille at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th, or by appointment at her studio in North Vancouver. More details on studio open hours here.

All look for: Vancouver-inspired t-shirts, totes, and tea towels from The Hive Printing.


Meaty Deliciousness

The carnivores on your gift list will delight in the free range, grass fed flavours of Jerky Baron’s beef jerky. Available in 6 punchy flavours that incorporate unusual ingredients like blue agave, banana, and white truffle, these jerkies make great stocking stuffers as well as high protein snacks to see you through the holiday shopping season!  You can find the Jerky Baron on Nov 28th, Dec 5th and 12th at Nat Bailey Winter Market, as well as the Holiday Market on Dec 12th.

Also look for: tins of wild sockeye and smoked pink salmon from Blue Comet Seafoods


Sweets for the Sweet!

1Up Caramels make some of the most deliciously chewy, small batch caramels around! Always experimenting with new flavour combinations, the folks at 1UP have a new roster of flavours available for the upcoming holiday season, including: Beer Pretzel, Cranberry Almond, Gingerbread, Orange Almond, Coconut, and of course, classic Salted Butter. Each batch of 1Up Caramels is stirred, poured, cut and wrapped by hand in East Van. They’re totally addictive, so get to them before they sell out at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th.

Also look for: Take A Fancy Chocolate’s seasonal Spiced Rum Caramels

Good Things Come in Small Packages

The Lemon Square first brought their tangy and delicious signature treat to the Holiday Market in 2014.  They return this year with their moreish little parcels – handmade in Vancouver from simple ingredients like real lemon, local butter, and coconut.  This season, each square will be hand wrapped especially for the holidays and ready for giving. Find them at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th, or at Hastings Park Winter Market on Nov 29th and Dec 20th.

Also look for: J-Brûlée’s decadent creme brûlée in such flavours as Vanilla Bean and Hazelnut Bourbon.

Ceramics for Christmas

Perennial Holiday Market favourite Matthew Freed Ceramics produces functional, modern pieces that are well made and beautiful, yet don’t break the budget. Each pot is hand thrown, glazed and fired in Matthew’s Eastside studio, resulting in a stunning collection of nature and zen-inspired dishes, teapots. cups and vases. You can find Matthew’s work this season at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th.

Also look for: Choi’s Pottery’s charming handmade and hand carved Celadon pots.

Stuff a Stocking

Healthy and fair-trade skin care products are always in season, so make sure to pay a visit to Fable Naturals’ booth at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th. The makers at Fable go far out of their way to track down the most ethical, organic raw ingredients available to create a line of bath and body, soap, and facial care products that are practically clean enough to eat.
If you miss Fable Naturals at the Holiday Market, you can find them at Hastings Park Winter Market on Nov 29th and Dec 20th.

Also look for: Sweet Earth Soapworks’ extensive collection of natural, hand made soaps featuring local ingredients.

The Gift of Fine Craftsmanship

Few gifts are more practical or satisfying than a handmade-in-BC wooden cutting board. Wood crafter Don Asperin works with the grain in each of his pieces to produce boards, boxes, and serving trays that are subtle and elegant.

Find Don on back to back dates at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th and Hastings Park Winter Market on Dec 13th.

Also look for: European-style butcher blocks from Quality Oak Accents


Get the Party Started

We’re pretty sure that any bottle of Bomber Brewing beer would fit perfectly in the toe of a stocking, and with so many great winter flavours to choose from, they’d be a hit with the craft beer geeks on your list.

Bomber will be making an appearance at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th – no doubt with bottles of their seasonal Superpest brew in tow, as well as selections of the rest of their line up in cans and bottles.

You can also find Bomber at Nat Bailey on Dec 5th and at Hastings Park on Dec 6th, 13th, and 20th. Barring that, you can always visit them direct at their Adanac Street brewery or hunt them down at select liquor stores around town.

Also look for: small batch shrubs (drinking vinegars made with local fruit) from Mixers & Elixirs 


Deck your holiday breads and pastries with some of the delicious sweet and savoury butters from The Local ChurnWith delicious and inventive flavour combinations like Peppercorn Brandy, Tart Cherry & Sherry, Sage & Shallot, and Matcha & Dark Chocolate, these butters are a great addition to your festive baking, holiday parties, and snacks.

The Local Churn will be at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th, as well as Hastings Park Winter Market on Dec 6th.

Also look for: Three Feet Below’s Apple Honey Lemon Preserve


One Size Fits All

Can’t decide what to get them? Let them choose for themselves with the gift of VFM Market Money!
The official currency of Vancouver Farmers Markets never expires, is accepted at all of our locations, and comes in handy $5 denominations. Market Money gift certificates will be available at the Holiday Market on Dec 12th, and can also be purchased at our weekly Nat Bailey and Hastings Park Winter Markets.

Also look for: a wide range of VFM signature merch at this year’s Holiday Market, including made-in-Vancouver t-shirts, tote bags and tea towels, as well as our limited edition Market Crate from Cumberland Crate Co. on Vancouver Is.

Find out more info on the 20th Annual Holiday Market here.

View the complete Holiday Market Vendor List here.

Download Holiday Market product photos for media use here.

View the 2015 Holiday Market Gift Guide media release here.