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VFM 20: Helmers' Organic Farm


VFM started out 20 years ago as East Vancouver Farmers Market, which had its opening day under slightly overcast and hazy skies on July 29, 1995. That day, 500 eager Vancouverites descended upon a small handful of farmers in the parking lot of Croatian Cultural Centre.

“I was sort of sceptical,” says Jeanette Helmer of Helmers’ Organic Farm, who sold at the market that day. “But Doug thought we should “give it a try” and right away, we could feel a real vibe to that market, and thought it had a good chance of success”.

Doug’s hunched proved correct, and the Helmers have vended at Trout Lake ever since.

Helmers FamilyThe Helmers family, including Doug & Jeanette and daughters Anna, Jenny, and Lisa, are 4th generation growers in the Pemberton Valley, the source of some of the highest quality potatoes in North America. They cleared their land in 1980 and started growing organic potatoes, which they are famous for along the Sea to Sky corridor.

They grow 18 varieties, each one chosen for its specific taste and cooking characteristic. Carrots, celeriac, garlic, honey, squash and other vegetables also appear seasonally at the farmers markets.

“Those markets and the progressive and encouraging chefs in Vancouver and Whistler got us on the road,” says Jeanette. “The loyal and appreciative customers have made it all worthwhile.”

We’re sure glad to have you and your amazing potatoes, guys – thanks for the last 20 years!

For more info on Helmers’ Organics Farm, including their products, market dates, and farm events, visit their website.

Winter Market - April 25

This is it – it’s the last weekend of the Winter Farmers Market. What a fantastic season! Thanks for all your support, coming out on rainy and sunny days, keeping with us through the move across the street, and making it possible to keep BC farmers farming.

Click on the links below to find information on all our summer markets or go to the Markets page for all of them:

Yaletown – Thursdays, 2pm-6pm
Trout Lake – Saturdays, 9am-2pm
Kitsilano – Sundays, 10am-2pm
West End – Saturdays, 9am-2pm
Main Street Station – Wednesdays, 2pm-6pm
Kerrisdale – Saturdays, 10am-2pm
Mount Pleasant – Sundays, 10am-2pm
You can always find upcoming vendor schedules and interactive market maps on the individual market pages too.

Looking for a specific product? Try our product search feature

See you at the market!

Check out the interactive market map to see which vendors are going to be at the Winter Market this week

Winter Market - April 18

We’ve only got two weeks left! If you haven’t been all winter, this is the time to come down  – the Winter Market is bursting with lovely blooms, fresh greens, wild harvested goodies and sweet treats galore. With the ongoing spring, there are a few new faces coming to the market this week too:

  • Poplar Grove Arbour Hazelnuts: Peter and Liz Andres are closing the chapter on the farmers markets. Come say good-bye and stock up on the last of their hazelnuts and products. Check out pictures of their farm on Facebook
  • Twin Oaks Farm: Keith and Sheila usher in spring with their fabulous carnivorous plants!
  • The Promised Land Farm: Alain is back with wild harvested delectables – remember that nettle guy you haven’t seen all winter?
  • Scentimental Creations: Cheryl is celebrating Earth Week by creating and demoing her natural all purpose cleaning product. Demo at 10:30am

Celebrate Earth Week! We’re celebrating at both Winter Market locations with demos, food swaps, food waste campaigns and more (Read more)

Save the Drop Spot! We surpassed our weekly goal and collected $112 in donations last week. Woohoo! Help us reach $400 by April 25.

It’s time for Summer Farmers Markets: We’ve got seven markets throughout Vancouver this summer – check out our markets page for opening dates, locations and times (or come pick up a leaflet at the Information Booth)

Got more questions? Contact

See you at the market!

Check the interactive market map for vendor profiles and stall locations

Celebrate Earth Week!

At Vancouver Farmers Markets, we think Earth Week is every week – our farmers markets keep 16,000 acres of land in sustainable food production, dramatically shorten the distance from field to table and connect thousands of city slickers with the source of their food every single week.

We thought we’d celebrate anyway. Here’s some of what’s going on!

GreenCleanMake Natural All-Purpose Cleaning Products! Making household products that replace the commonly used commercial chemical products in the mass marketplace is definitely contributing to the overall benefit of our planet. We have the choice of eliminating nasty toxins while we clean our home or create environmentally safe products using natural alternatives which are safe and compatible with mother earth…

Making an all purpose cleaning product is fun, affordable and effective! Come and join Cheryl, from Scentimental Creations at the Winter Farmers Market on April 18th for a demo at 10:30am.

Grow Your Own Food! We’re happy to host Garden Lab at Hastings Park this week – a brand new company local to Hastings Sunrise that specializes in making metal, raised bed veggie planters and growing supports. Roland will be sharing his all-in-one, veggie growing system at the market, including a soft planter and trellis cage inside of a circular, metal planter.

Join the Sharing Economy:

  • Sign up for Modo! Did you know that each car shared takes approximately 7 cars off the road? That’s 7 fewer cars polluting our air, guzzling our fossil fuels and cramming our roads with traffic. Learn how to sign up at Hastings Park this Sunday
  • Join a Food Swap! Food Swap Burnaby’s 7th seasonal swap will take place at the market this Sunday. Folks bring treats and goods that they’ve made, baked, grown, or canned themselves, and swap with other food lovers. Spots are filling up quick but you can read more about it and sign up HERE

food_scrap_iconSave the Drop Spot! Help us keep food scraps out of the landfill and Drop Spots at farmers markets this summer

Be Zero Waste: What do you do with that disposable coffee cup*? We’ve got organics, recycling and (when necessary) garbage stations at all our markets. Take a couple extra seconds to figure out where to put your waste. (Most of it goes into the organics bin, promise).

bike_iconBike to the Farmers Market: We’ve got bike racks at all the markets and love to see paniers filled with produce!

More event details on Hastings Park’s Earth Day event page

*Unless it’s totally compostable/recyclable because it comes from one of our vendors: Lid goes in recycling, sleeve goes in organics & cup goes in landfill. Complicated. We know. You should probably just bring your re-usable coffee cup instead.

Save the Drop Spot...

…and help keep food scraps out of the landfill!

food_scrap_iconAt the Vancouver Farmers Markets, Food Scraps Drop Spots exist through a collaborative model. Vancouver Farmers Markets donates space, equipment and organizing power, Recycling Alternative offers discounted hauling service & website hosting and community droppers give $2 per drop to cover the discounted hauling fee.

Save the Drop Spot!

In order to keep the Farmers Market Drop Spots open in the summer, we need to collect $100/market to cover hauling fees (we’ve only been receiving $35). This Earth Month, we’re planning to reach $400 in four weeks. The Drop Spot is open every Saturday, 10-2 at the Winter Market

  • Are you a dropper? Donate at least $2 every time you drop.
  • Not a dropper? Donate to keep the program going
  • Don’t have $ to give? Share our event on Facebook

We’ll keep you posted on our progress this month.

RAISED SO FAR: $289/400 – we’re just about 3/4 of the way!

Look for this sign at the market to donate!


Thanks for helping us keep food scraps out of the landfill!