The market is more than shopping! Enjoy weekly activities like the childrens' area and facepainting as well as special event like the ones listed below:
Event Calendar for 2014 Vancouver Farmers Markets
Garden Festival - May 24 - Trout Lake Farmers Market -celebrate the growing season with demos and displays about composting, heirloom seeds, planning your garden and even info on community gardens in your area.
Green & Leafy Festival - May 29- Yaletown Farmers Market - its easy to find and eat delicious greens in our rainforest climate. Learn about the benefits of eating and juicing greens as well as how to grow your own at home. FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
Bike Festival - All June - Kitsilano Farmers Market - don a helmet and dust off the bike shorts! Bike to the market on Bike to Market day and you'll receive our thanks by way of coupons and special treats for cyclists.
Mt Pleasant Market Community Bunting Project - Various Dates - to celebrate the opening and the first full year of the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market, we're inviting community members to craft a piece of the bunting to decorate the market. For more details on the project, click here.
Berry Festival - July - Main Street Station Farmers Market - berry pie competition, recipes, tips on preserving and cooking with the bounty of local berries and fun for the kids.
Picnic in the Park - August - Kitsilano - Join us as we partner with the Kitsilano Community Centre on a good old-fashioned family picnic and carnival. Rides, food, games, music and a pretty great farmers market too!
Corn Festival - August - Kerrisdale Farmers - enjoy fresh corn, freshly-popped kettle corn recipes and corny kids activities too!
Tomato Festival - August - Trout Lake & Kitsilano - celebrate the "Love Apple" with tastings, beautiful and informative displays and recipes to make with those delectable heirlooms you just found at the market. This year we'll have two festivals for twice the tomatoey goodness!
Harvest Festival - October - West End - everything squash and apples and pears! Recipes, information, cooking tips and demonstrations. Enter your pie in our BC Fall Fruit Pie Competition
Fun with Food - Celebrate and learn about local food at our "Fun with Food" station at upcoming farmers markets. Our Food Literacy Educators will get you involved in a bunch of activities suitable for kids (and adults) of all ages.
Tasting Graphs: Compare two different tastes at the market - so far we've tried local vs. supermarket honey and different kinds of jams. Look out for heirloom tomato tasting at our Trout Lake and Kitsilano Tomato Festivals!
Harvest Blanket: Try to guess what local fruit or veggie is hiding under the harvest blanket using only your sense of touch (is it smooth, bumpy, soft, round?)
Market Bingo: Explore the market with your family and find each item to get a bingo! Turn in your card to get a prize at the "Fun with Food" station.
Local Food Word Finds: we update these every month to include words centered around what is available at the farmers market
Joke of the Month: Got a favourite? Send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org and it might just make the list.
Colouring Sheets: We've got lots of crayons and colouring sheets to match the season. Get your colour on!
Want to be a Food Literacy Educator? Volunteers run activities on at least two market days and engage children and market shoppers in interactive activities that increase their understanding of seasonal food and market availability. Training is provided. Contact email@example.com with some of your background and for more details.
Interested in sharing your musical talents with the market community? We book buskers at each of our markets each week all year long. All music should be acoustic and appropriate for an all ages event. Bookings must be done in advance through the market office. Fill out the application below and email, mail or drop it off to any market or our office.
Contact Robyn Carlson, Busker Co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive an application to entertain at the market.
Community Information Tables
As a commitment to our community, we aim to involve community-based organizations in our Markets. Under normal circumstances, we charge up to $60 a day for space at the Markets but for community groups we are offering space at a lower rate - just $20 a day plus an annual application processing fee of $25. We set aside one space each week at each of our 8 markets for community education.
There are limits to what you may sell. The only permitted items are:
You may not sell T-shirts, coffee mugs, buttons, badges, plants, seeds, food items, or other items not listed above at this free table. Additionally, to sustain the economic efforts of our vendors, free food, beverages and hand-crafted items may not be offered at this space. If you want to sell or distribute something that is not on this list please contact Robyn Carlson, Community Tables Co-ordinator, for more information.
For the 2014 Community Table Application, please email email@example.com