Market News

April Member Appreciation

 

We love our Market Members and appreciate their annual support, which is why we bring them exclusive offers at all of our markets during the first week of every month!

This Saturday and Sunday is Members Appreciation at Nat Bailey and Hastings Park Markets. Come out and hunt for all the new green offerings just in time for Easter dinner: fiddleheads, nettles, collard and kale sprouts, rhubarb, daffodils, and a wide variety of salad greens.

If you’re planning to do some gardening over the long weekend, pay a visit to Farmer Koo at Nat Bailey Winter Market, who will be there with a selection of nursery starts on sale for Market Members. Applebarn also returns this Saturday to Nat Bailey with some exciting early season veggies, including mini cukes and peppers, eggplant, and possibly, some tomatoes!

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Applebarn – Take their popular How Many Mini Peppers Can You Squeeze in this Bag for $6? challenge and get 50 cents off the regular price – Nat Bailey

Aussie Pie Guy – Free Hot Pie a Purchase of a Box of Frozen Pies – Hastings Park
Blue Smoke BBQ – Free Mac & Cheese with Any Order – Nat Bailey
Dundarave Olive Co. – Spend $30 and receive a complimentary bottle of Cranberry Balsamic Vinegar – Nat Bailey
Eli’s Serious Sausage – $1 Off Any Sausage – Nat Bailey
Farmer Koo – $6 Off Mix & Match flats of Nursery Starts (6 jumbo packs to a flat) – $15, (reg $21)
Ildiko Jewelry $5 off any two pairs of Earrings, because it’s important to look good for Easter and have a gift too! – Hastings Park
K & M Farms – Chicken Drumsticks, $2.50/lb – Nat Bailey
Klippers Organics – Organic Squash Special- $1.00/lb for spaghetti and Turks turban. Select Organic Apple Varieties, $1.99/lb – Hastings Park, Nat Bailey
Le Meadow’s Pantry – $1 off Banana, Chocolate & Cocoa Nibs Jam – Nat Bailey
Nidhi’s Cuisine – Baked Samosas and Vegan Treats, 3 for $11 – Nat Bailey
Purebread – 50 cents off any Loaf of Bread – Nat Bailey
Rockweld Farms – “Egg and sausage special” for $10.00 (save 20%) – Hastings Park, Nat Bailey
Scentimental Creations – Organic Lipstick Sale – 50% Off! Receive a complimentary pumice stone on a rope with a purchase of Peppermint Foot Gel & Foot Scrub – Nat Bailey
Sweet Thea Cakes – Palmiers, $2 (reg $3), All Cookies, $1 (reg $1.50) – Hastings Park
Take a Fancy Chocolate & Sweets – Gooey Chocolate Pecans, box of 6 – $11.75 (reg $12.50), box of 15 – $28.50 (reg $30) – Nat Bailey

For a complete list of this week’s vendors, check out our Interactive Market Maps for Hastings Park and Nat Bailey.

 


Winter Market - March 28

We’re almost to April which means two things – first, we only have 5 more winter markets left before the summer markets start to open (!!), and second, we’re nearing Easter weekend so make sure to get your order in this week to be guaranteed a Turkey! Download our Meat Directory to find your preferred protein at the market.

We are excited to welcome back these vendors with spring goodness in tow!

  • Applebarn Pumpkin Farm – We’re told we can expect mini cukes, mini pointed peppers, eggplant and if we’re lucky some bells and tomatoes this week too!
  • Natural Village – Glenda will be have lots of greens and some veggie starts too!
  • Organic Farm Connection – Back earlier than expected, we’re excited to see what spring greens are in the salad bar this week!

Don’t forget to bring your food waste to the farmers market and drop it off at the Food Scraps Drop Spot for a $2 donation. We’ll help you complete the food loop – visit the information tent for more details.

While you’re at the information tent, pick up the latest copy of the Edible Magazine.

See you at the market!

Click here for our interactive market map


Winter Market - March 21

This week is MEAT your Maker: We’re featuring our meat vendors and encouraging you to ask them what they mean when they say local, ethical, grass-fed, organic, organic-fed, free range, etc. Pick up a directory on site to learn who is bringing meat to market and where they’ll be in the summer too. Maybe you’ll discover someone new!

MEAT demos taking place in the afternoon: Sausage Making | Know Your Cuts Of Meat | Butchering

Don’t miss these vendors:

  • Ostro Organics Inc: Manfred manufactures cold pressed organic oils and butter – unrefined, pure, raw and fresh. In addition to cold pressed he presses under very low pressure to maintain the natural nutrients. He sources his sunflower seeds from BC, sesame from Saskatchewan and pumpkin from Ontario!
  • Three Feet Below: Theses guys grow the food they put in jars! And they’re only at the market a few times this season
  • Applebarn Pumpkin Farm: Back for the first time this spring with delicious greenhouse-grown produce!

See you at the market!


Find more information on the Winter Market here or check out our interactive market map for a complete list of vendors


Winter Market - March 14

While it might not officially be spring yet – the markets tell a different story! Last week we saw all sorts of greens, Kale, Chard, Spinach, Nettles, Collards, salad greens and more. Plus, the exciting varieties of daffodils available from Warmerdam Specialty Daffodils is another good sign spring is here!

Dont miss these vendors this week:

The Farm House Natural Cheeses – This Saturday they are offering 10% off their Alpine Gold, at the market only!

Good Time Farming – Last week Stefan brought stinging nettle from the Squamish Valley. A great spring green, ask them how they would use it!

Mogiana Coffee – Grab a bag of their locally roasted beans to take home or a cup of coffee to enjoy while you shop!

Meat Your Maker – March 21

We all have questions about where our food comes from and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information out there. Terms like local, ethical, grass-fed, organic, organic-fed, free range can quickly become confusing… time to clear that up! Join us on March 21 at the Winter Market as we highlight our meat producers and ask those questions you’ve been wondering about!

Plus…

*Pick up one of our handy Meat Directories to find information (including summer markets!) on your favourite vendors and maybe you’ll even discover a  new one!

*Learn about the BCSPCA Farm Animal Welfare program

*Check out our meat demos on: Sausage Making, Know Your Cuts of Meat, & Butchering

Read more…

Back by popular demand, the Hastings Park Farmers Market is back for the Spring Edition! Sundays, 10-2pm, March 8 – April 26.

See you at the market!

Click here for our interactive market map


Meat Your Maker - March 21

We all have questions about where our food comes from and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information out there. Terms like local, ethical, grass-fed, organic, organic-fed, free range can quickly become confusing… time to clear that up!

Learn about the meat you are eating by talking directly to the farmers who are raising it. Our meat producers tell how their animals are raised, what their lives are like, what they eat, and how they end up at the market. These family farmers know their animals better than anyone and are happy to answer your questions. As Urban Digs Farm puts it, according to their website, “We help people know their food so they can make informed choices that reflect their values.”

Join us at the Winter Market on March 21 to talk to our 12 meat producers’ onsite about their animals, practices and products!

Plus…

Meat Vendors onsite March 21 include:

Download our Meat Your Maker Directory to find product and contact info for farmers, ranchers and fishers at VFM markets