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Gifts to Get at the Markets

Looking for local gifts for your friends and loved ones this holiday season? Skip the mall and head to one of our weekly Winter Farmers Markets!

Whether it’s artisanal food products, handmade craftfestive farm and nursery items, or craft beer, wine, and spirits on your list, there are hundreds of possibilities to find each week at Nat Bailey and Hastings Park. Check out our weekly Gifts to Get List and make your holiday gift shopping and entertaining a no-brainer this season!

 

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Holiday heat… hot sauce is good on everything, right? Vancouver-based hot sauce makers Roasters Hot Sauce make theirs in three different flavours that include unexpected ingredients like carrot and pineapple. Pick some up this Sunday, Dec 4 at Hastings Park.

 

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Kale power… we think raw kale chips would make a fine stocking stuffer and provide a healthy chaser to all the decadent food and drink you’re sure to be having. The Raw Guy makes a great selection of kale chips and krunchies, raw granola, macaroons, and crackers – find him at Nat Bailey Dec 3, 10, and 17 and Hastings Park Dec 4 and 18.

 

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Lemon heaven… good things come in small, stylish packages, right? At least from The Lemon Square they do! Pick up some of these sweet and tangy lemony goodies exclusively at Hastings Park this Sunday, Dec 4.

 

 

 

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A gift that lasts… looking for a useful gift for that pottery fan on your list? Pottery by Dave & Family produces an affordable line of handmade pots, mugs, and vases that range from retro/speckled glazes to wood and salt-fired pieces. Find them this Saturday, Dec 3 at Nat Bailey.

 

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Warm up from the inside… we’re pretty sure that anything produced from BC honey would be great, but Wayward Distillation House from the Comox Valley takes it to the next level with a complete line of craft spirits made from local hives. Their Krupnik Spiced Honey Liqueur sounds particularly festive and warming – find them exclusively at Hasting Park on December 4!

 

 

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-11-12-49-amChocolate, chocolate, chocolate… who doesn’t love chocolate? Take a Fancy Bean to Bar Chocolate makes theirs from ethical, organic cacao beans to produce a range of chocolate and sweets that incorporate local ingredients like dried fruit, nuts, and even cayenne pepper. Load up on the goods at Nat Bailey on Dec 3, 10, and 17 and at Hastings Park on Dec 18.

 

 

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-10-45-11-amEasy peasy holiday entertaining… we know you can cook but save your energy for the main event and take a break on the appies. Pâté Pastiche makes four flavours of gourmet, vegan and nut-free French-style terrines that are sure to look lovely on your table. Get them weekly at Nat Bailey between now and Dec 17.

 

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Deck the halls… the folks at Lowland Herb Farm makes gorgeous, rustic bouquets and wreaths from aromatic herbs and flowers grown on their bio-dynamic farm in Chilliwack. Find them at Nat Bailey on Dec 3, 10, and 17.

 

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Try a new tradition… ever had an authentic Slavic-style roll straight out of the oven from East European Dessert? Caramel-crusty on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside – with six different flavours to choose from! Get some this December 3 at Nat Bailey and be the hit at your next holiday party.


Kitsilano Market Wrap Up

On behalf of the Vancouver Farmers Market and all Kitsilano market staff we just wanted to thank EVERYONE for coming out and supporting an amazing summer market season!

Vancouver Farmers Markets winter season kicks off at Nat Bailey Stadium on Saturday, Nov 5th followed by the opening of Hastings Park Market (at the PNE fairgrounds) on Sunday, Nov 6th stop in and and show the openings of our winter season some love!


Hastings Park welcomes new vendors

This winter, market shoppers can discover some new, up-and-coming VFM producers that are found *exclusively* at our Hastings Park Winter Market!

garlic-festivalOssome Acres from Chilliwack, who grow a mix of wholesome veggies on their 5th generation farm, will be making a weekly appearance at Hastings Park.

New Westminster-based Steel & Oak Brewing Co. will be bringing their selection of craft beers to Hastings Park on a number of dates starting Nov 13.

Get your morning cuppa from local coffee roasters Roast’d

Wild harvest specialists North Pacific Kelp will journey down from Haida kelpGwaii with a range of sea vegetables and wild mushrooms for a series of dates between Dec 11-Feb 5.

Pig out on the Bacon Bomb after a market shop with new Hastings Park food truck Cheeses Crust.

Also joining us for the first time at Hastings Park this season are summer vendors Georels, Salt & Harrow Farm, Jordan’s Jam, Wayward Distillation House, Roasters Hot Sauce, Tempea Natural Foods, and gluten free bakery The Smallflower.

Haven’t been to Hastings Park Winter Market yet? It takes place each Sunday, 10am-2pm (except Dec 25 & Jan 1) from November 6 – April 30 at the PNE. More details at the Hastings Park webpage.

 

 


Last Market of the Season at Kitsilano - Oct 23

Its our last Kitsilano Market of the season this Sunday, we just wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful support and all the work that contributed to such a great season!

Vancouver Farmers Markets winter season kicks off at Nat Bailey Stadium on Saturday, Nov 5th followed by the opening of Hastings Park Market (at the PNE fairgrounds) on Sunday, Nov 6th stop in and and show the openings of our winter season some love!

Weekly Recipe

SLOW COOKER VEGGIE STEW

INGREDIENTS:

3 large tomatoes, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1/2 kabocha squash, peeled & seeded and roughly chopped

1 cup chopped bok choy

1 bunch spinach or kale (if using kale chop into bite sized pieces)

1 ear corn

1 small zucchini, chopped

1 cup oyster mushrooms, chopped

1 tbsp garam masala

2 tbsp KICS lemon syrup

1/2 cup AJI

Chicken or vegetable stock

DIRECTIONS:

Place the above ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 4 hours. Check the stew after 4 hours and add either chicken or vegetable stock. The amount depends on how much liquid is in the slow cooker. Start with 1⁄2 a cup and add more if needed. At this point, you can also add 1 drained tin of chickpeas or lentils. Cook another 2-3 hours. Season with salt and pepper.

This can also be made on the stove. The cooking time will be approximately 1 hour.
This recipe is great to have on hand as you can use any combination of vegetables you like. Make a big batch and store it in 8 or 16 oz containers in the freezer. You can turn it into soup simply by adding chicken or vegetable stock. Use it as a filling for wraps. Serve it over rice.

The Produce

acorn squash, apples, basil, bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, celery, chard, cauliflower, cucumbers, corn, delicata squash, eggplant, fennel, fresh herbs, garlic, green beans, green onions, grapes, heirloom tomatoes, leeks, new potatoes, melons, mushrooms, napa cabbage, patty pan squash, plums, pumpkin, quince, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, sunflowers, snap peas, sugar peas, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini, zucchini flowers

Top Picks

-Delicious free range Eggs from Four Star Farms 

Brazilian Organic Coffee from Mogiana Coffee

-Gluten free Thumb Print Cookies from Marie’s Gluilt Free Bakery

Don’t Miss 

Evo Car Share will be at the Kitsilano Market this weekend! They will be offering market shoppers free memberships and 30 minutes of driving time – stop by their tent and sign up this Sunday!

Get your bike tuned while you shop around the market with the UBC Bike Co-Op’s Cycling Resource Centre! This year the Bike Co-Op is collecting bike accessory donations (bike lights, helmets, bells etc) for their Pedals for the People and Bici Libre programs. Find out more about their programs here.

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

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


What's Fresh at Mt Pleasant Market-Oct 9th

Be sure to come by for the last Mt P Market of the season, it’s a perfect chance to stock up on your Thanksgiving menu needs!

What’s in season:

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apples, artichokes, beets, basil, beans, bell peppers, melon,  bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, dill, eggplant, fennel, garlic, gem squash, green onions, head lettuce, herbs, honey dew, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mint, mushrooms, napa cabbage, onions, potatoes, pears, radishesraspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, winter squash, zucchini

We have all the produce you need to make this delish stew:

SLOW COOKER VEGGIE STEW

INGREDIENTS:

3 large tomatoes, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1/2 kabocha squash, peeled & seeded and roughly chopped

1 cup chopped bok choy

1 bunch spinach or kale (if using kale chop into bite sized pieces)

1 ear corn

1 small zucchini, chopped

1 cup oyster mushrooms, chopped

1 tbsp garam masala

2 tbsp KICS lemon syrup

1/2 cup AJI

Chicken or vegetable stock

DIRECTIONS:

Place the above ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 4 hours. Check the stew after 4 hours and add either chicken or vegetable stock. The amount depends on how much liquid is in the slow cooker. Start with 1⁄2 a cup and add more if needed. At this point, you can also add 1 drained tin of chickpeas or lentils. Cook another 2-3 hours. Season with salt and pepper.

This can also be made on the stove. The cooking time will be approximately 1 hour.
This recipe is great to have on hand as you can use any combination of vegetables you like. Make a big batch and store it in 8 or 16 oz containers in the freezer. You can turn it into soup simply by adding chicken or vegetable stock. Use it as a filling for wraps. Serve it over rice.

Thanks for the great recipe Karen Curtis (Kics Lemonade) 


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Do you see these helpful signs around the market? Let us know! Try something new for dinner tonight, grab one (or seven) of our Local Food Global Flavour recipes cards found throughout the market! #localfoodglobalflavours


Celebrate the harvest with Vancouver Farmers Markets at RIPE 2016! Tickets are on sale now for our annual dinner fundraiser, which takes place Sunday, October 16 at The Roundhouse. RIPE features a knock-out roster of farm-to-table chefs paired with VFM producers to present 8 mount-watering small plate tasting stationsseasonal cocktails, and local craft beverage. More info on participating chefs and vendors, and to buy tickets, at the RIPE event page.


Did you get your LIMITED EDITION stylish VFM market bag yet?

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Grab yours before they are gone! Only $15, and for members $12.75


Share your market finds @vanmarkets  #mountpleasantFM and follow Mt Pleasant Market on facebook!

CLICK ON UPCOMING SCHEDULES TO FIND COMPLETE LIST OF VENDORS

CLICK ON MT PLEASANT FARMERS MARKET TO FIND LOCATION DETAILS

See you Sunday!!