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What's Fresh at Kitsilano - June 25

What’s Fresh

Fresh from Soban Organic Farm at Yarrow Ecovillage

Stawberries | Garlic Scapes | Lettuce | Turnips | Radishes | Peas | Eggs | Chicken | Raspberries | Mushrooms | Herbs | Kale | Cucumbers | Seafood | Collard Greens | Carrots | Cheese

CHECK OUT OUR IN SEASON AT THE MARKETS BLOG FOR A FULL MARKET FRESH GUIDE.

CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK’S FULL KITSILANO VENDOR LIST


Product Features – Raspberries and Fresh Sockeye

Raspberries from Fresh Quality Produce

This week at least two farms will have their first week of raspberries! Both in Abbotsford and family run, Paul’s Produce and Fresh Quality Produce will have some. Not sure how fast they’ll sell out, so come early!

Blue Comet Seafoods will be bringing fresh sockeye fillets from the Nass Region this weekend. Skippers Tony and Sasha have been selling at the Vancouver Farmers Markets for over 10 years and have been fishing for a combined 75 years between the two of them!


Opening Day for Riley Park – June 24th

Don’t forget to check out the newest market, Riley Park, across the street from the Nat Bailey winter market location. Saturdays, 10am-2pm, this weekend will have opening day festivities at 10am including cake!


  Summer Market Schedules

  • Trout Lake – Saturdays 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
  • West End – Saturdays 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
  • Mt Pleasant – Sundays 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
  • Main St Station – Wednesdays 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain
  • Downtown – Thursdays 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.

Get a complete list of this week’s Kitsilano Market vendors here.

Discover our six other summer market locations on our Markets Page.


The Weekend Starts Now - June 22

The Weekend Starts Now!

Finally a Thursday with some sunshine! Extra big thanks to all those who came to the market on one of the wet days – it makes all the difference! Don’t forget we’re rain or shine!

With the weekend weather also looking great – stock up on Thursday for all the fresh farm-to-table goods you need for your weekend bbq, beach picnics, or if you’re escaping the city – cherries and berries make for great road trip snacks!

Join us on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.) from 11-3pm! Our new market hours make it convenient to shop for the weekend ahead but also grab a bite to eat at the market. We’ll have great lunch options at one of the food trucks on site each week and afternoon snacks like coffee, cookies, cherries, berries, snap peas and much more!

This week we welcome Mandalay Burmese Kitchen exclusively to the Downtown Farmers Market! Their bringing authentic Burmese eats – don’t miss out on their tasty Fish Tacos or Hanglay Curry! We’ve also got Cheeses Crust back bringing their signature Bacon Bomb and Cheeses Steak! Make sure to pick up a Loyalty Lunch Card from the market info tent and every 8th lunch is on us!


In Season:

Strawberries & Cherries! Both at the market this week! Start your summer off right with these sweet, juicy treats! Check out what your local farmers are expecting to bring to market this month HERE!


Meet our Farmers:

Douglas Farms – We’re happy to welcome Douglas Farms back to the Downtown Market this year after the slow start for strawberries! Coral-Anne will have delicious sweet strawberries and eggs coming from the Fraser Valley.

Rai Produce – a family farm that has been farming for 22 years, located in Osoyoos B.C. They grow all kinds of tasty fruit including Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Prunes, Pears and Apples. This week they’ll be bringing their rainier cherries! You won’t want to miss them!

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S DOWNTOWN MARKET VENDORS HERE


Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box

June 15th Fresh Box

No time to shop?  Don’t miss out on the fresh stuff – order a FreshBox, our weekly market CSA program.  $25 per week, packed and ready to go home with you!

Looking ahead at a busy week? With a Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box you’ll get a market shopping trip done in 5 minutes. Pickup is Thursday at the Downtown Vancouver Farmers Market and you can order online until 5pm on Tuesdays.

We do the picking and all you have to do is enjoy!


Help us spread the word! Print out a Downtown Farmers Market poster for your lunch room, and help promote the market on your social media channels with these handy sample posts and market photos!

VISIT US AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE PLAZA (650 HAMILTON ST.), EVERY THURSDAY, 11AM-3PM, UNTIL OCTOBER 5TH

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION HERE

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


Damp spring for BC farmers

Yolanda Versterre of Shalefield Organics has struggled with extreme weather at her farm for several months. Credit: Shalefield Organic Gardens

There’s never been a better time than now to support BC farmers. The cold, damp spring following on the heels of a harsh winter has left many of our growers a month or more behind on production. Some farmers have had to cancel market dates due to lack of product, impacting their early season sales when they need them most.

Despite these challenges, an abundance of farm-to-table goodness, seasonal produce, and some exciting new vendors can be found at the markets right now. We hope to see market shoppers out en masse in the next few weeks to give our farmers the boost they need to get through a tough start to the season!

Strawberries coming in from Mandair Farms in Abbotsford are offering some sweet relief from all the grey, wet weather. Credit: Mandair Farms

Read more: Vancouver Sun’s recent article on wet weather and its affects on BC farmers.

 

Want to get the latest news on what our growers are bringing to the markets each week?

Check out our Market News blog, or subscribe to our newsletter and weekly market bulletins!

Don’t want more emails in your inbox? You can also discover what’s in season at Vancouver Farmers Markets by visiting our new In Season page.


In Season Now: Red Currants

The Jonker Van Tets variety of red currant, grown by The Applebarn in Abbotsford, BC

We’ve just heard through the VFM grapevine that The Applebarn will be bringing the first of this season’s red currants to the markets this weekend. But how, you may ask, do you eat them?

While very common in the UK and Europe, currants are largely unknown in North America and eclipsed by their popular berry cousins like raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. The folks at BBC Good Food assure us that red currants can be eaten raw – as long as they are sprinkled with a bit of sugar – and are ideal for jams, jellies, and other types of preserves.

Red currants are also known for their sweet but tangy-tart flavour that lends itself well to cakes and muffins, and hold their shape in baking. Did we mention that they’re also high in vitamin C? Four times higher per gram than oranges, and so much more local. Get some in your shopping bag this weekend from The Applebarn at Trout Lake, Mount Pleasant, and Kitsilano markets.


What's Fresh at Kitsilano - June 11

What’s Fresh

This week is the first week of sugar snap peas at Klippers Organics! Check out our In Season at the Markets blog for a full market fresh guide.

CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK’S FULL KITSILANO VENDOR LIST


Don’t Miss

ElectroRecycle 

Electro Recycle is ready to accept over 300 small appliances while you shop the best in local flavours at Kitsilano Farmers Market. Have recycling questions? Ask their friendly staff onsite located near the information booth! For what they can accept please visit their website at electrorecycle.ca/

AMS Bike Co-op

Get your bike tuned while you shop around the market with the UBC Bike Co-Op’s Cycling Resource Centre! The Bike Co-Op also collects bike accessory donations (bike lights, helmets, bells etc) for their Bici Libre program. Find out more about their program here.


Vendor Features – Green Coast Coffee, Ice Cap Organics

Green Coast Coffee, often located in the Kits Cafe section of the market and known for their cold brew coffee, has added iced tea to their menu! Pictured is a Cold Brewed Pink Grapefruit Iced Tea on Nitro. Also featured is the “Blue Roy” a caffeine-free blueberry rooibos iced tea that’s full of antioxidants, and the “Black Silk”, a Sri Lankan black tea with marshmallow root.

Ice Cap Organics is a young, small-scale farm in Pemberton, founded in 2008.  They are only a few markets into their season and will be here all summer! This week is their second week of swiss chard and green garlic, and the first week of carrots and zucchini!


  Summer Market Schedules

  • Trout Lake – Saturdays 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
  • West End – Saturdays 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
  • Mt Pleasant – Sundays 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
  • Main St Station – Wednesdays 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain
  • Downtown – Thursdays 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.

Get a complete list of this week’s Kitsilano Market vendors here.

Discover our six other summer market locations on our Markets Page.