2016 Summer Farmers Market Schedule
- Downtown – 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:
RIPE 2016 – October 16 – Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
Early bird tickets on sale now!!
Celebrate the harvest with Vancouver Farmers Markets at our annual fundraising dinner on Sunday, October 16 from 5:30pm-8pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre! A showcase of our farms and producers paired with top local chefs such as Ned Bell (Chefs for Oceans), Meeru Dhalwala (Vij’s Rangoli), Quang Dang (West), Ryan Reed (Nomad), and Clement Chan (Torafuku), RIPE 2016 will feature 8 culinary creation stations, dessert tastings, and craft beverages from BC Wine Studio and Persephone Brewing. More to be announced in the coming weeks! Tickets and info on the event page.
Berry Festival – July 13 & 17 – Main St. Station & Mt. Pleasant Markets
Come celebrate the sweetness of summer at our annual Berry Festival on July 13 at Main Street Station Market and July 17 at Mount Pleasant Market. There will be a BC Berry Pie Baking Competition, a food swap, fun kids activities, and a visit from the BC Blueberry Council! More details on the festival event page.
Tomato Festival – August 20 & 21 – 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. Tomato Fest takes place over 2 days – August 20 at Trout Lake Market and August 21 at Kitsilano Market.
Fall Fair – September 4 – Mount Pleasant
An urban pumpkin patch, a fun prize wheel, and displays of harvest squash and apples are just a few of the highlights we have planned for our Fall Fair on September 4 at Mount Pleasant Market.
Stay tuned for more details on our 2016 Market Special Events and Festivals!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with some of your background and for more details.