Events

2016 Summer Farmers Market Schedule

  • Yaletown – Thursdays, 2pm – 6pm, May 5 – October 27
  • Trout Lake – Saturdays, 9am – 2pm,  May 7 – October 22
  • Kitsilano – Sundays,  10am – 2pm,  May 8 – October 23
  • West End – Saturdays, 9am – 2pm, May 28 – October 22
  • Main St Station – Wednesdays, 2pm – 6pm, June 1 – October 5
  • Mt. Pleasant – Sundays, 10am – 2pm, June 12 – October 11

The market is about more than shopping! Enjoy weekly activities like the childrens’ area and face-painting as well as special events like the ones listed below:

Berry Festival – July 13 (Main Street Station), July 17 (Mount Pleasant)

Tomato Festival – August 20 (Trout Lake), August 21 (Kitsilano)

Fall Fair – September 4 (Mount Pleasant)

Stay tuned for more details on our 2016 Market Special Events and Festivals!


I'm at the Pop UpNat Bailey Pop-UpSaturdays in January – Nat Bailey Winter Market – We’re inviting some brand new vendors to join us this January and want to hear from you whether we should invite them back to do more! Check out options like vegan and nut-free baking, fresh-made pakoras, teas from native Canadian plants and more!


 

CSA Share Fair – January 16 & 17 – Nat Bailey and Hastings Park – Interested in a CSA but don’t know which one is right for you? Come talk to the farmers, fishers and canners who offer them at the Nat Bailey and Hastings Park Winter Markets on Jan 16 & 17.  VFM vendors offer everything from a pre-loaded ‘credit’ card, beastie boxes, weekly fruits and veggies boxes and more. Can’t make it to the fair? Check out our CSA Box Program page for farmer contact info.


Food Truck February – Winter Farmers Market Every year, we ask our Food Trucks to create a Market Menu item that features local food from VFM farmers. We fill the market with extra food trucks and get our shoppers to vote for which Market Menu item they think is the best. Food Truck Fest is a lot of fun and the best place to be in February. In 2016, both our Winter Markets – Hastings Park and Nat Bailey Stadium, will be participating!


Meat Your MakerWinter Farmers Market Where does your meat come from? Talk to the farmers, ranchers and fishers themselves to find out what local, Oceanwise, organic, free range, pasture-raised, grass-fed, etc. really means. Sausage-making & Meat Cutting demos too!


 

Past Events in 2015:

Opening Day May 9 – Trout Lake Farmers Market Join us bright and early to ring in the market and enjoy sweet treats from two of our longest-standing vendors, Blackberry Hill and Small Pleasures! Speeches start at 8:45am


gardenshoveltextDig In! Garden FestivalMay 23 – Trout Lake Farmers Market Celebrate the growing season with demos and displays about worm composting, heirloom seeds and water conservation. This year you can pick up a rain barrel too!


Green & Leafy FestivalMay 14- 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.


Opening Day! – June 14 – Mount Pleasant Farmers Market  – join us as we open our 3rd season at Mount Pleasant. We’ll have treats for our 20th Anniversary party and the first 20 people will get $2 off any VFM beverage


Salmon Celebration – June 20 – Trout Lake Farmers Market  – celebrate the return of salmon at the Trout Lake market. Enjoy salmon-themed food truck creations, pick up a fresh, whole salmon caught in Barkley Sound, learn how to can, smoke and fillet salmon at home and more!


Main Street Car-Free Day – June 21 – Mount Pleasant Farmers Market  – come find us at Car-Free Day, pick up a special “We Love Mount Pleasant Farmers Market” canvas shopping bag, and follow our scavenger hunt to the market!


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.


Berry Festival – TWO LOCATIONS! July 15 – Main St Station; July 18 – Mt Pleasant – berry pie competition, recipes, tips on preserving and cooking with the bounty of local berries and fun for the kids. More info


 cornfestbrand_screen-01Corn Festival July 25 – Kerrisdale Farmers Market

Celebrate this most summer of vegetables with a good old fashioned corn cookout and more fun at the Kerrisdale Farmers Market Corn Festival.  We’ll be boiling up a big ol’ pot of corn and serving it up fresh from the farm.  Stop by our demo tent for some tips on how to preserve a delicious corn relish & take recipes home to make corn dishes that will impress.  The kids will have fun too with corn-y games and activities throughout the market.  Mark your calendars!


Tomato Festivals – August 22 & 23 – Trout Lake & Kitsilano Farmers Markets

Join us as we celebrate the “Love Apple” with tastings, beautiful and informative displays and recipes to make with those delectable heirlooms you just found at the market.


seniorsday_header copySenior’s Day at the Market – September 5th – Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market

Celebrating seniors with discounts from vendors, health screenings and consultations.

Bring the whole family and enjoy all the best of the late summer harvest!

 


fall fairFall FairOctober 4 – Mt Pleasant Farmers Market – We’re bringing the pumpkin patch to the city! Come celebrate the best of fall produce, food trucks, crafts, yummy treats and more! Check out our Fall Fair event page for more information.


harvestfestival_poster2015Harvest FestivalOctober 10 – West End Farmers Market  everything squash and apples and pears! Recipes, information, cooking tips and demonstrations.

Compete in our annual pie competition!  Our theme is Fall Fruit so choose some delicious fruit from the market and make a prize-winning pie! Download your entry here or pick one up at the information tent.

PDF: 2015FallFruitPieCompetition

fun with food

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 laura@eatlocal.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 volunteer@eatlocal.org with some of your background and for more details.