Market News

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

In Season:

Blueberries | Garlic Scapes | Raspberries | Salad Greens | Summer Squash | Chard | Green Peas | Radishes | Potatoes | Eggs | Cheese| Seafood | Honey…Check out the full IN SEASON LIST HERE!

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Make sure to also read the latest In Season blog post that features green peas and summer squash.  Check it out for cooking tips and a delicious fresh pea hummus recipe!


Do you make a great pie?

Berry fest – It’s almost time again to celebrate our annual Berry Festival at Main st. and Mount Pleasant Markets Yay! There will be tons of fun Berry related activities for all! We will be hosting a Berry Tasting, Kids Activities and of course our BC Berry Pie Contest!

Where/When?

Main St Farmers Market (No Pie Contest) – Wednesday July 12th from 2pm to 6pm

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market (Pie Contest Day) – Sunday July 16th from 10am to 2pm

Do you, or do you know someone who makes the best berry pie this side of the Fraser? Please sign up and or spread the word. Competitors are encouraged to source their Berries on Wednesday (July 12th) at the Main St Market (No Pie contest at Main St. Market) to use for their Pie Entries at Mount Pleasant on Sunday July 16th. We’ve got great prizes this year – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will all go home with a berry related something!

  • Link to Pie Contest Entry here
  • Berry Fest Info Page here

Vendor News!

Did you know that Mt P regular vendor Salt and Harrow are now Certified Organic! A long road and a lot of work…Congrads you guys:)

Help welcome NEW vendor to MT P market Savory Sausage! All of their handcrafted sausages are blended with fresh milled spices and herbs, premium cuts of locally raised Fraser Valley meat are then mixed to create the freshest tasting sausage available. Yum!


 Summer Market Schedules

Trout Lake – opened May 6, 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park

Kitsilano – opened May 7, 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.

Mt Pleasant – opened May 28, 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph

Main St Station – opened May 31, 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain

Downtown – opened June 1, 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Riley Park – opened June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.

 

 


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Kerrisdale - September 6th

The weather forecast looks great for Saturday – we’re celebrating Seniors Day at the Market!

Seniors will receive great discounts on the best in local produce, baking, artisan crafts, local wine & spirits, and treats of all kinds. We’ll also be hosting free health events for seniors and all shoppers.

Throughout the day registered nurses from the BC Nurses’ Union will offer free blood pressure & blood sugar screenings, and offer guidance for follow-up. The Noble Hearing Institute will also be on-site offering free hearing screenings and free hearing aid testing & cleaning with Dr. Rahim Ghanbari. Registered dietitian Ellie Holmes will be at the market between 11am & 1pm offering free nutritional advice.

Lucky for us, Seniors Day coincides with the Kerrisdale Days celebrations that will be taking place on Friday & Saturday, September 5-6.

If those aren’t enough reasons to shop at the market this Saturday it’s also MAD – Member Appreciation Day. Your Vancouver Farmers Market membership entitles you to vendor discounts plus discounts on VFM merchandise and we waive the $2 transaction fee when purchasing market money

Market Manager Ron’s Pick of the Week:

Agassiz-based The Farm House Natural Cheeses returns this week with their wide selection of yogurt and cheese from pasture-fed cows. Their small family dairy farm is located in the lush Fraser Valley, where cows and goats graze grass fields and produce top quality milk – the key ingredient to good cheese. In these fast- moving times of global markets and industrial food production, it is The Farm House’s wish to nurture and preserve the increasingly – threatened values and traditions of the family farm.

Vendor Hightlights:

For baked goods we have Whistler’s Purebread, which will be right next to the Market Cafe and Mogiana Brazillian coffee.

In the meat and eggs departments we have Rockweld Farm for eggs and chicken, Capella Farm for free range eggs and Chef’s Natural Sausage with a tasty array of locally-made sausage.

We have two liquor vendors this week with Odd Society Spirits and BC Wine Studio. You’ll want to drop by for samples of these handcrafted products. Be sure to ask Mark of BC Wine about his market food and wine pairing of the day.

We’d like to congratulate Plenty Wild Farm for recently being certified as Third Year Transitional Organic! The organic certification process is not always easy but definitely worth all the time and effort. Check them out every week at Kerrisdale along with our other certified organic growers, Crisp Organics and Forrest Nelson Organic Farm.

Make sure you wear your sunscreen  – we hope to see you down here for Kerrisdale Days and our Senior’s Day celebrations!


Check out our interactive market map for a full vendor list.

 

 

 


Senior's Day at the Market - September 6th at Kerrisdale!

We’re celebrating seniors in September at Kerrisdale! Bring the whole family down for the day and enjoy all the fruits and veggies of our late summer harvest.

Seniors will receive great discounts all day at the market including:

  • 10% off gluten-free baked treats from Marie’s Guilt-Free Bakery
  • $2 off healthy camelina oil from Three Farmers
  • 10% fresh local produce from Plenty Wild Farm in Pemberton, including peppers, tomatoes, onions, beets, herbs and lots more
  • 15% off Vintage Sweets including fudge in classic flavours and decadent caramels
  • FREE epic toppings (mushy peas & mashed potatoes) OR $2 off a box of frozen pies at the Aussie Pie Guy
  • 2 bunches of spinach for $1.50 from Guichon Farm
  • $1 off tarts, $2 off pies and $1 off cookies and granola bars – all irresistable – from Sweet Thea
  • 10% total purchase, including peaches, apples, cherry juice and more, from Jobst-Hof Orchard

More specials to come so make sure to come down to the market to see what’s fresh for the day.

Registered nurses from the BC Nurses’ Union will be offering free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings to seniors and all shoppers, as well as guidance for follow-up on the results.

The Noble Hearing Institute will also be on-site offering free hearing screenings and free hearing aid testing & cleaning with Dr. Rahim Ghanbari.

Registered dietitian Ellie Holmes will be at the market from 11am – 1pm answering all of your diet questions – learn about how best to shop the market to maximize taste and nutrition! Ellie has extensive experience working with seniors and can address any food issues you might be concerned about. Ellie graduated from the UBC dietetics program and has been working with Westcoast Dietetics alongside a group of dietitians who specialise in elder’s nutrition issues and value the importance that nutrition plays at this stage of life. This fall Ellie is heading back to UBC to start her master’s degree. Her research will focus on food security and dietary quality in an upcoming project working with The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

We’ve always got fresh hot coffee, hot food for lunch, baked goods and snacks, lots of seating and convenient parking nearby. Kerrisdale features local beer, wine and spirit vendors in addition to our usual line-up of all the best in local produce and artisan craft.

See you at the market!


See our interactive market map for a full vendor listing.

 


Meet Your Maker: Nutrition Tours

You are what you eat! Discover what nutrients are contained in your food and why they matter in this series of Meet Your Maker: Nutrition Tours.

Lead by Holistic Nutritionist Carol Crenna of Enerex Botanicals, each tour will focus on a particular market-sourced recipe as a basis for exploring the health benefits of local food. On the tours, you will visit a series of VFM vendors that produce the ingredients contained in the recipes, gaining insight on their growing and production methods as they pertain to the nutrition in your food.

Tours run at the Trout Lake Farmers Market on the following dates: July 5, Aug 2, Sept 6. Carol will lead two 60 minute tours per date at 11am & 12:30pm, leaving from the Market Info Booth.  Sign-up online and remember to include the tour time of your preference!

July 5: “Inside Guide to Salmon Salad”

 What You Will Learn

  • What nutrients are in every forkful of your salmon salad? and why does it matter?
  • What’s more important for health – local or organic?
  • Herbs: beyond flavourings
  • The relationship between farmer, field, fork and your own physical and mental health

Salad Ingredients Discussed: Greens – Kale, arugula, salad mix with spinach & mustard greens, Microgreens, Sprouts, Hazelnuts, Goat Cheese, Edible Flowers, Berries

Seared Salmon and Marinade/Dressing Ingredients Discussed: Fresh Local Sockeye Salmon, Honey, Garlic, Herbs: Dill, Tarragon, Cilantro

Nutrition handout included for each participant.


Meet the Makers

Arila Apiary – Honey | Fresh Off the Boat – Sockeye Salmon | Lowland Herb Farm – Edible Flowers | Little Qualicum Cheese – Goat Cheese | Klippers Organics – Garlic and Hazelnuts | Organic Farm Connection – Salad greens | Shalefield Organics – Sprouts | Sole Food Street Farms – Berries and Herbs | Vancouver Food Pedalers Co-op – Microgreens


Meet the Educator

Carol Crenna has been a national health journalist for 20 years, and a certified holistic nutritionist for 10 years. She has written features for Reader’s Digest, Best Health, MORE and Canadian Living, and conducted seminars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association, Stroke Recovery Association, GF Strong Amputee Recovery, Inspire Health, Capilano University and Langara College.