This Sunday is the Fall Fair at #MPFM! This week we are featuring a Vancouver Farmers Market staple, and #MPFM crowd favorite – Taves Family Farms Applebarn!
#MPFM regulars may best know Applebarn for their apples, peppers, and heirloom tomatoes – but this week Applebarn will feature a Pumpkin Patch and an assortment of tasty treats produced at their farm including caramel apples, caramel corn, apple chips, and fresh apple cider!
We chatted with Kelsi of Applebarn to learn more about the Farm and their produce:
Where is the Farm located and how long has it been in operation?
Taves Family Farm is located in Abbotsford, and we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year!
What is your most popular item?
Personally, I love the variety of apples we produce and our heirloom tomatoes, but the most popular customer item is definitely the $6 fill-a-bag pepper challenge.
What do you love about #MPFM?
We were one of the first vendors at #MPFM and we really love it here. The people are so friendly, Mount Pleasant is a great community.
Come and visit the Pumpkin Patch this Sunday at the 8th ave entrance to #MPFM! Applebarn will also be offering $1 off pepper bags and 2 bags for apples for $10 for Vancouver Farmers Market members.
Taves Family Farm Applebarn in Abbotsford features a country store, u-pick apples, and a pumpkin patch, for more information check out their website www.tavesfamilyfarms.com.
written by Andrea Rivers, VFM volunteer
This week at #MPFM we are featuring one of our long time vendors from beautiful Squamish, BC – Good Time Farming! We chatted with Nic and Stefan Butler at the market last Sunday….
When was Good Time Farming established, and where do you farm?
Good Time Farming started in 2007. We are currently farming on five plots in Brackendale, and up the Squamish Valley in both rural and urban-“ish” environments. Most of the work is done manually with little machinery used. Biodynamic principles and companion cropping are followed in a very natural growing system that creates high quality, nutrient dense product. Our operations are year round, with produce grown in our greenhouses through the winter.
We are a family run business. Our Mom grows our sprouts and flowers, Stefan and Lindsay oversee most of the vegetable production, and Nic has been focused on working with the bees.
Bees! Are you selling honey this year at #MPFM?
We have 40 colonies and have been producing honey this year, available for sale here at the market. We have been learning a lot about bee keeping and honey production, its very interesting. We have been growing flowering cover crops for the bees and letting our brassicas go to flower – pollinators love brassica.
What do you love about #MPFM?
We love the customers! We have been at Mount Pleasant market since the very beginning.
Good Time Farming is at #MPFM every Sunday, and they will also be found at the VFM Winter Market starting in November!
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written by Andrea Rivers, VFM volunteer
And we want to brag! Each week we will be telling you about a wonderful Mt Pleasant vendor…
This week everyones fave, Nice Pops!
Nice Pops has been a MPFM regular since the market began as a pilot project in Summer 2013. The business, launched by friends Melissa and Melanie in 2012, pedals (literally) a refreshing rainbow of popsicle flavors around Vancouver in a custom designed wooden bike cart freezer. Exciting, innovative flavor combinations include: cucumber, lime & chili; rhubarb & cardamom; strawberry & balsamic. The popsicles are transported entirely by bike, and packaged in a compostable wrapper. We caught up with Melissa on a warm, sunny afternoon at #MPFM to find out more about Nice Pops:
How do you come up with such unique flavors?
We do a lot of experimentation with different flavor combinations. We choose our ingredients based on what is in season, and we source locally as much as possible.
What is your best selling flavor?
Raspberry, black current and cream. This is my personal favorite as well.
Do you make your pops locally? and where else can they be found for sale?
We make our pops in a shared commercial kitchen in Strathcona. We will be attending #MPFM regularly throughout the summer and we can also be found at the Trout Lake, Yaletown, Kitsilano, and Main St. Farmers markets. Local businesses such as Marche St. George, Harvest Community foods, and the Uncommon Café also carry our popsicles.
What do you like most about MPFM?
Mt Pleasant is a great location for biking. Once I sell out of popsicles it is great to be able to fill the cart up with fresh, local produce and head back into the kitchen to work on more flavor creations. We made our first ever experimental batch after a trip to the Trout Lake Farmers Market in 2012.
written by Andrea Rivers, VFM volunteer extraordinaire
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!
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!
- 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 BC SPCA’s farm certification program, SPCA Certified, and the VFM meat producers…
- Check out our meat demos (look for the demo tent):
- Sausage Making @ 12pm
- Meat Cutting Demo @1pm
Meat Vendors onsite March 21 include:
- Blue Comet Seafoods
- Empire Valley Premium Beef
- Estevan Tuna Co.
- Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm
- Fresh Off The Boat Ocean Foods
- Gelderman Farms Ltd.
- K & M Farms
- Langley Organic Growers
- Rockweld Farm Ltd.
- Sawmill Bay Shellfish Company Ltd.
- Sleeping Mountain Organic Farms
- Urban Digs Farm
Download our Meat Your Maker Directory to find product and contact info for farmers, ranchers and fishers at VFM markets