Volunteer Spotlight: Gretchen Grabow

VFM has 80+ volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours to our organization each year. From counting Market Money to playing host at our neighbourhood sites, our markets simply wouldn’t be the same without their hard work and dedication. This month, we’re celebrating a very special volunteer – someone who has been working with us since […]

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Don’t miss Tomato Fest!

  Ok folks, let’s talk tomatoes. Are tangy Green Zebras your thing, or do you prefer the candy-like sweetness of a Sungold? Do your tastes lean towards the intense flavour and slight saltiness of a Black Krim, or is the complex and tropical taste profile of a Juane Flamme more your cup of tea? Whatever […]

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good natured®: four things to know about sustainable packaging

  Chemicals Yes, everything is made of chemicals. But we’re talking about the nasty ones here. BPAs, phthalates, styrene, and the like. A vast majority of the Chemicals of High Concern produced each year are used in the plastics industry, mostly to make plastics more stretchy, more heat resistant and flexible. Yikes! That’s why you […]

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Quick Pickled Cucamelons

Quick Pickled Cucamelons by: Angie Quaale Makes 4 cups Ingredients: 1 1⁄2 cups white vinegar 1⁄4 cup sugar 1 tsp coarse salt 1 clove garlic, sliced 2 Tbsp chopped dill 1 Tbsp chopped mint 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds 1 1⁄2 cups cucamelons Directions: 1. In a medium-size saucepan over medium-high […]

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šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn square

  The home of our Thursday Downtown Farmers Market has a new name! On June 18, 2018 the City of Vancouver, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ(Tsleil-Waututh) announced šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn as the new name for Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Meaning “a place one is invited to” in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the language of Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh and “a place one is invited to celebrate” in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, the language of […]

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Strawberry Risotto with VOLPE Artisan Baker

  There’s something particular to a locally-grown strawberry that makes all other versions (talking to you, California) pale in comparison. Like a fine wine, you can taste the spirit of a place in a strawberry, not to mention the weather and soil that produced it. Our opportunity to enjoy this simple pleasure is rapidly disappearing […]

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Downtown magnet contest

Look out for VFM’s colourful fridge magnets adorning lamp posts, doorways, and newspaper boxes downtown in June – they’re good for a $5 Market Money token at our Thursday Downtown Farmers Market. The magnet, designed by local illustrator Holly Cruise, can be traded in for a wooden token worth $5 in market product during the entire month of […]

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Butter Braised Radishes

  Long known for their nutritional and detoxifying properties, radishes can still be a tough sell for many people. Their pungent and peppery flavour and distinctive crunch make them a favourite for some and a no go for others. The following recipe for Butter Braised Radishes, taken from the cookbook Eating Local in the Fraser Valley […]

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