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Spring Eggstravaganza at Hastings Park


We’re hosting an egg-stra special market on Sunday, April 1st at Hastings Park! Meet a chicken, learn about egg-laying hens and pet a cute bunny.

Activity Line-Up

  • Egg Display: Learn about the breeds of hens that lay brown, white, spotted and blue eggs
  • Egg Recipes: Try out a new egg recipe with local, cage free eggs found at Hastings Park! We’ll have a variety of recipes including onion frittata, Mediterranean egg salad and soft scrambled eggs with ricotta
  • Natural Egg Dyeing: Dye eggs with beet, onion, turmeric & purple cabbage
  • Live Chickens: Meet the egg-laying hens from Rockweld Farms, an SPCA Certified Farm
  • Cute Bunnies: Need we say more?

Spread the Word!

  • Tag #eggstravagana @vanmarkets on Instagram and Twitter

Recipe: Super Greens Pasta with Crispy Mushrooms


With spring just around the corner, we’re starting to see fresh greens return to the Winter Markets in the form of kale, chard, sorrel, watercress, and nettle. This week’s recipe from Just Giulia (Chef Giulia of Lombardo’s Pizzeria) for Super Greens Pasta with Crispy Mushrooms, incorporates pan fried mushrooms with dinosaur kale, red chard and leeks for a satisfying pasta dish that cooks up in minutes. Perfect for breaking out of that late winter squash and root vegetable routine we’re all stuck in at the moment…


Super Greens Pasta with Crispy Mushrooms

by Giulia Lombardo


Serves 4

500 grams semolina spaghetti pasta

5 leaves dinosaur kale, sliced thin

5 leaves red chard, sliced thin

1/2 leak, chopped

1 shallot, sliced

5 mushrooms, sliced thin

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper



  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook for 18-20 minutes.
  2. In a large saute pan on medium to high heat, add one tablespoon of olive oil, place the sliced mushrooms in the pan aarrange in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper. Do not over crowd the pan as that will make the mushrooms soggy. Cook about 1-2 minutes a side until golden and crispy, remove from pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan on medium heat add anther tablespoon of olive oil and add the leaks, shallots, kale and chard.  Season with salt and pepper and saute 5-8 minutes until the greens have wilted and the leaks and kale have become translucent.
  4. Once the pasta is ready strain and toss with the hot greens.
  5. Add the butter and parmesan, toss to combine.
  6. Top with the crispy mushrooms and enjoy!

Make sure to check out Chef Giulia’s YouTube channel for more delicious, seasonal recipes!

Hastings Park Shopper Spotlight

Jeri and Deb are longtime, dedicated fans of our Sunday winter market at Hastings Park. They shop weekly at the market and spread their love amongst a variety of farms and producers – find out their top picks from their market below in our Q & A!

Q: How long have you been shopping at Hastings Park?
A: Since it opened!

Q: How did you find out about the Hastings Park Market?
A: Online I think? I can’t really remember, we’ve been coming for too long!

Q: Do you shop at any other farmers markets?
A: We live on the border of East Van and Burnaby so we’ve been to the Burnaby market in the summer a couple of times but really, Hastings Park is THE market. It’s our favourite market – we shop here every week!

Q: What do you love to buy at Hastings Park:
A: Oh! Everything is good! Meat, cheese, soup, eggs, alcohol.

Q: What are you favourite winter veggies to get at the farmers market?
A: Cauliflower & heirloom carrots.

Q: Who are your favourite Hastings Park vendors?
A: Oh my gosh, there are so many. We LOVE Greendale for meat and Rockweld for chicken and eggs. Pierogis are good too. Oh and pies, Chef Enrick has amazing pies.

Hastings Park Winter Market takes place every Sunday, 10am-2pm until April 29 at the PNE. More info on the Hastings Park page.

Recipe: Wild Mushroom Miso Noodle Bowl


Photo: Vega

Chef Haley Parrent of Vega is passionate about fresh, local food, which inspired her to initiate a bi-weekly delivery of the VFM Direct Fresh Box for Vega employees.

Health-conscious Vega staff look forward to their box of fresh greens, fruits, and vegetables assembled for them every other week from local producers like Taves Family Farms, Tsawwassen Farm School, and Earth Apple Organic Farm.

All of the fresh, seasonal produce helps keep healthy workplace eating habits on track, and creates opportunities for sharing great recipes like this one below for Chef Haley’s Wild Mushroom Miso Noodle Bowl.


Looking for a convenient way to bring healthy, local food to your workplace? The Fresh Box is available direct to your office for group delivery on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, and contains 5-7 fresh, seasonal items sourced from multiple VFM farmers. Check out the Fresh Box page for more details on how to order!

Photo: Haley Parrent

Wild Mushroom Miso Noodle Bowl

by Haley Parrent, CNP


Serves 2

½ large celeriac bulb

½ head cauliflower

2 cups assorted mushrooms

1 head kale

4 cups water

1 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp (or sub 1 tsp for grass-fed butter if not vegan)

2 portions ramen-style noodles (I love Lotus Foods rice varieties)

2 cloves garlic, minced

2-3 tbsp white miso paste (to taste)

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp black sesame seeds (garnish)

2 sheets toasted nori, cut into strips (garnish)

Hot sauce, chilli oil or chilli flakes (optional)


1.       Preheat oven to 420 degrees.

2.       Chop the celeriac into small cubes, and cauliflower into small bite sized pieces and toss with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, or until browned around the edges.

3.       Cook your noodles according to instructions.

4.       Bring 4 cups water to a boil and add in miso paste. Stir with a fork or a whisk to dissolve the paste. Add in sesame oil, and hot sauce, chilli oil or chilli flakes if using them.

5.       Heat 1 tsp olive oil or butter in a frying pan, add in minced garlic until it is fragrant. Add in loosely chopped mushrooms and sautee, stirring well until they are soft. Add your chopped kale and the tamari and cook until all the liquid is absorbed and set aside.

6.       Time to build your bowl. Divide your noodles into two large bowls, then top with your celeriac cubes, sautéed mushrooms and kale, nori strips, sesame seeds and any other desired toppings, such as sweet corn, kimchi, or scallions.


Winter Market Holiday Guide - 2017 Edition


Each December, VFM staff round up our top picks from the Winter Markets to help make your local holiday gift giving and entertaining a breeze.

Craft spirits, artisanal cheeses, deluxe baked goods, seasonal wreaths and bouquets, specialty food items, and fine craft are just a few of the hundreds of festive ideas on hand at Nat Bailey & Hastings Park Winter Markets this month. So break out those December to do lists and start thinking local for the holidays…

Shiny & New


Photo: Kasama Chocolate

Bean-to-bar Kasama Chocolate produces a range of artisanal bars and truffles that boast some of the nicest packaging around. Their Spirits of BC truffle collection is top gift pick for Anna Bock, our Assistant Operations Manager. “They’re made with BC craft spirits,” explains Anna Bock, our Assistant Operations Manager. “a great gift for someone you don’t know well, but want to show your appreciation for.”

Kasama Chocolate will be at Nat Bailey on December 16.


Also look for: buttery English Toffee from Blackberry Hill.


Photo: Sons of Vancouver

Sons of Vancouver Distillery make small batch, barrel aged amarettos that carry notes of apricot, juniper, orange peel, and creamed honey. “They’re so unique,” says Christa Wood, VFM’s office coordinator. “We’ll be using them in my husband’s signature Dark n’ Stormies this Christmas.”

Sons of Vancouver will be at Hastings Park on December 10.


Also look for: a bottle of the newly released Salal Gin from Odd Society Spirits.


Photo: Elephant Garden Creamery

The holiday season is a time to relax and let inhibitions go out the window. Ice cream in our morning coffee? Yes, please! Why not try some of the yummy seasonal offerings from Elephant Garden Creamery, like White Choco Christmas and Mont Blanc (it’s made with chestnuts, people!)

Find Elephant Garden at Hastings Park on December 10 & 17


Also look for: handmade ice cream in flavours like Caramel Ribbons and Costa Rican Vanilla from Take a Fancy Sweets & Chocolate.


Photo: BCB Honey Farm

BCB Honey keep close to 60 million bees in production in British Columbia each year. Their pink ginger honey is the gift of choice this season for our Hastings Park Manager Gabrielle Vacheresse. “I recently bought a jar as a gift to myself,” says Vacheresse. “It’s really yummy on a crusty piece of sourdough toast or in lemon tea.”

BCB Honey will be at Hastings Park on December 10.



Also look for:  A jar of the Vancouver Special Honey from Six Legs Good Apiary, produced from their urban hives.


Photo: Rocky Creek Winery

The folks from Rocky Creek Winery in Cowichan Valley, BC produce a great line of red and white wines along with special selections like sparkling, and rosé. Their Wild Blackberry has become their signature, great on it’s own as a rich, port-style wine or mixed into your holiday cocktails.

Find Rocky Creek at Nat Bailey on December 9.



Also look for: the Sparking Finch, a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir from Robin Ridge Winery.


Photo: Le Bouledogue

“I don’t like to play favourites, but they make one of the best blondies around,” says Trout Lake Manager Jordan Mehl of Le Bouledogue, one of VFM’s newest bakeries. “I’d definitely lay a plate of them out at your next holiday party.” Along with amazing sweet baked goods, Le Bouledogue also makes a line of specialty jams in flavours like Blueberry Basil.

Find Le Bouledogue at Hastings Park on December 10.


Also look for: sourdough breads, pastries, and crackers from lakehouse foods.


Photo: Drunken Chocolatier

Drunken Chocolatier, who debuted December 3rd at Hastings Park Winter Market, is a top pick this season for Jess Landing, VFM community engagement coordinator. “Their chocolates are incredibly beautiful – they look like paintings, ” says Landing. “Their going to make really great stocking stuffers”.

Catch Drunken Chocolatier at Hastings Park on December 10.



Also look for: limited edition Mulled Wine Chocolates from Coconama.


Photo: Doan’s Craft Brewing Co.

Doan’s Craft Brewing Co. is one of VFM’s newest breweries, and we think you should check out their BC grown rye based brews like the Rye Porter and house series Little R & R (with rice and rye). With its distinctive illustrated branding, any of their bottles of cans would look great under your tree with a little red bow.

Doan’s will be at Nat Bailey on December 9 and Hastings Park on December 17.


Also look for: the Holiday Gift Set from Persephone Brewing Co., containing a beer glass, toque, and two bottles of beer.


Photo: Spruce Goose Chop n’ Block

Spruce Goose Chop n’ Block is a brand new vendor at the Winter Markets this season that is bringing some truly exceptional salami to the people of Vancouver. “Any combination of their charcuterie would be a great addition to a holiday platter,” says VFM Operations Manager, Laura Smit. “Especially the porcini salami.”

Find Spruce Goose at Hastings Park on December 10.


Also look for: some grass-fed beef pepperoni from Greendale Meats.


Photo: Barrelhouse Brine

Got a cocktail lover on your list? Put a bottle of Barrelhouse’s Sourback Cocktail Brine in their stocking – perfect for sour caesars and pickletinis.

Barrelhouse Brine will be at Nat Bailey on December 16.


Also look for: Boozewitch Chili Lime Shrub from Gillespie’s Fine Spirits.

Tried & True


Photo: Nancy Esworthy Designs

“Nancy’s designs are classic – her jewellery is the kind of gift you buy for someone else, but end up keeping for yourself.” says Jen Candela, VFM’s Communication Manager, of Nancy Esworthy Designs. Incorporating unusual materials like deer antler and mammoth ivory mixed with precious metals, wood, and leather, Nancy pieces have a tribal elegance that will please even the most discerning jewellery lover.

Find Nancy Esworthy at Nat Bailey on December 9.


Also look for: hand forged sterling silver jewellery featuring luminous stones and freshwater pearls from Ildiko Jewelry.


Photo: von Hardenberg Candles

“I love the beeswax pyramid candle from von Hardenberg,” says Nat Bailey Manager Randy Elliott. “All of their candles are quality, but that one is such a unique shape for gifting.” Von Hardenberg makes a wide selection of 100% Canadian-sourced beeswax candles, including specialty 5″ tapers that can be used on Christmas trees or for Hanukkah menorahs.

Find von Hardenberg Candles at Nat Bailey on December 16.


Also look for:  Valley Gold Bee Co.‘s selection of candles and tealights made of beeswax from their own hives.


The Hive Printing is a Vancouver-based print shop that produces a range of dry goods like t-shirts, tote bags, and tea towels. “My husband loves a unique t-shirt so I always pick up one of the new designs from The Hive,” says Roberta LaQuaglia, VFM Direct Manager. “I particularly like the ones based on local streets and maps.”

The Hive Printing will be at Hasting Park on December 17 and Nat Bailey on December 23.

Also look for: Vancouver Farmers Market branded tees, printed on Bella + Canvas unisex jersey t-shirts and available at the Market Info Tent.


Photo: Ambercott Acres

The dried fruits mixes and fruit leathers from Ambercott Acres are a stocking stuffer must. Made from organic fruit grown on their orchards in Cawston, BC, these sugar free fruit leathers come in 10 different flavours like nectarine-apple and pear-apricot.

Find Ambercott Acres at Nat Bailey on December 16 & 23.


Also look for: Klippers Organics Crispy Apple Chips.


Photo: Vancouver Farmers Markets

Don Asperin creates wood objects that are as beautiful as they are useful. His maple cutting boards, wooden boxes, and small home accents make lasting and practical gifts.

Don Asperin Woodworks will be at Nat Bailey on December 9 & 23.


Also look for: screen-printed wood coasters and wall hangings from The Hive Printing.


Photo: Vancouver Farmers Markets

The most versatile gift you could buy for a market lover, VFM Market Money never expires and is accepted at all of our locations. Market Money gift certificates in $20 amounts can be purchased at our weekly Nat Bailey and Hastings Park Winter Markets – bundle one with an annual Market Membership for $40, and we’ll throw in a gift Market Tote Bag.



Holiday Eats


Photo: JoJo Das

The candied and smoked salmon sticks from Blue Comet Seafoods are a big favourite of VFM Executive Director, Tara McDonald. “They look beautiful on a platter, and nothing says “West Coast Christmas” like smoked salmon,” she says. Along with plenty of smoked options, Blue Comet’s canned salmon makes for pretty great stocking stuffers.

Find Blue Comet Seafoods at Nat Bailey on December 9, 16, & 23 and Hastings Park on December 10 & 17.


Also look for: delicious canned smoked tuna from Estevan Tuna.


Photo: JoJo Das

Pâté Pastiche creates vegan and gluten-free pâtés in knock out combinations like golden squash and sage, market herb, and forest mushroom. A great alternative to traditional meat-based spreads, these wholesome pâtés are sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike.

Pâté Pastiche will be at Nat Bailey on December 23.



Also look for: Savoury Duck Pâté from Chef Enrick


Photo: Blackberry Hill

If you’re looking for traditional holiday baking to impress your guests, make sure to check out Blackberry Hill Bakery at Nat Bailey Winter Market this month. They make everything from mince pies to shortbread, Christmas cakes to rum balls – all you have to do is plate it up for your holiday table.

Blackberry Hill will be at Nat Bailey on December 9, 16 & 23.



Also look for: traditional German stollen from Sweet Thea Cakes.


Photo: JoJo Das

Dundarave Olive Co. brines, marinates, and stuffs their olives by hand. Incorporating ingredients like manchego  cheese, dried apricots, and anchovies, their olive mixes are unique and delicious – a must for your holiday party platter.

Find Dundarave Olive Co. at Nat Bailey on December 16 & 23.


Also look for: classic pickled beets from Anne’s Preserves.


Photo: BobAli

BobAli’s hummus, tapenades, and dips make for a colourful and tasty addition to festive celebrations. Standouts for VFM staff include the Sweet Potato & Chipotle Hummus, and their Beet & Horseradish Tapenade.

Find BobAli at Nat Bailey on December 16 and Hastings Park on December 17.


Also look for: Tempea vegan tempeh pâté.


Photo: JoJo Das

Lighten up on all those rich, holiday foods with a selection of seasonal fruits and veggies from the Winter Markets. Kiwis are in season, there are still some grapes available, and of course, all of those great storage apples will be around throughout the winter. Check out our In Season page and start planning your holiday grocery lists!



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The Winter Markets are open for the holidays on the following dates:

Nat Bailey: December 9, 16, and 23       Hastings Park: December 10, 17.

Join us December 23 for a special holiday addition of Nat Bailey Winter Market, featuring visits with Santa, live carolling, kids crafts, and more!