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What's fresh at Nat Bailey - Dec 10

What’s in Season

apples, acorn squash, asian pears, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, chanterelles, chard, delicata squash, daikon, endive, fennel, garlic, kale, kiwi, kohlrabi, leeks, mizuna, mushrooms, napa cabbage, nettles, onions, persimmon, parsnips, potatoes, pears, pumpkin, quince, rutabaga, salad mix, shallots, spinach, sunchokes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, walnuts, winter squash, zucchini

Local Holiday Gift Guide

gift_intro_graphicPut some award-winning cheese in your loved one’s stocking this year! Heidi from The Farm House Natural Cheeses is a gruyere-like French table cheese made from milk produced on the summer pasture. It’s just one of Farm House’s amazing grass-fed dairy products – they make a wide selection of cow and goat cheese, along with cultured butter for your holiday baking.

Looking for a unique gift for the jewellery lover on your list? Nancy Esworthy produces a range of sophisticated and edgy designs made from precious metals, wood, resin, and leather.

Let the cocktail making begin! The Booze Witch (a.k.a Kelly Gillespie of Gillespie’s Fine Spirits) makes a range of flavourful and aromatic shrubs to pair with her artisan spirits, which include vodka, gin, and signature liqueurs made with BC grain.

Take some authentic Ukrainian sour cherry buns to your next holiday party! Solodko Ukrainian Bakery in New Westminster makes a variety of Ukrainian specialities from scratch.

Light up your holiday season with the natural warmth and beauty of von Hardenberg Candles. Available in a wide selection of shapes and sizes, each candle is handmade at their studio in Maple Ridge from 100% beeswax.

Copper Pot Preserves creates artisan small batch jams and preserves from the seasonal bounty found at local farmers markets. With flavours ranging from Raspberry & Chipotle to Blueberry, Lemon & Thyme, Copper Pot’s jams make great stocking stuffers for the jam and toast fans in your life, or a yummy addition to your holiday charcuterie board.

Your holiday baking can go local this year with organic grains and flours from Cedar Isle Farm. Grown in the rich and fertile soil of the Fraser Valley near Agassiz, BC, Cedar Isle’s products include certified organic oats, wheat, and rye that is rolled and milled into whole grain flour.

Local woodcrafter Don Asperin produces a line of clean and contemporary wood designs including cutting boardsjewelry boxes, and serving trays. Affordably priced in a wide range of options, Don’s work makes for a stylish holiday party host or hostess gift.

Dogwood Brewing offers a selection of their organic brews in growler fills and cans at the markets. Pick some up for gifts or holiday entertaining!

Click here for more gifts to get from the Farmers Markets this holiday season.

Sale Sale Sale!

Just in time for the holidays – give gifts that show off your market pride! Select limited edition VFM swag on sale now, including market tee’s & totes! The more you buy – the more you save! *Click here to view sale items*

Holiday Closures 

We’ll be closed Saturday, December 24th & 31st for the holidays! Stock up on December 17th for all your holiday meals. We’ll be re-open on January 7th. Happy Holidays!

Hastings Park Winter Market

farmers-marketHave you heard about the Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market? Did you know it’s every Sunday from November to April? With lots of free parking and more vendors than ever before? If you miss Nat Bailey, be sure to head to the east side to pick up your weekly groceries! *Details here*

Shop at Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market this Sunday, December 11, and VFM Members will get 2-for-1 admission at the door of Make It! – just flash your member card to save!

Visit us at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.), Saturdays, 10am-2pm 

Click here for more Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market Information


What's Fresh at Hastings Park - Dec 11

What’s in Season

acorn squash, apples, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac,  chanterelle mushrooms, chard, collard greens, corn, dandelion greens, delicata squash, dill, escarole, endive, fennel, garlic, hazelnuts, hot peppers, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, napa cabbage, nettles, oats, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pears, pumpkin,  radishes, rutabaga, salad mix, shallots, spinach, sprouts, sunchokes, turnips, tomatoes, walnuts, watercress, winter squash, zucchini

Local Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are fast approaching and we have you covered at Hastings Park. Find lots of uniquely hand crafted gifts for the foodie on your list each and every week!

Dogwood Brewing

Maples Sugar Shack

Six Legs Good Apiaries

For more gifts to get this season, click here

Sale Sale Sale!

The more you buy, the more you save! Just in time for the holidays.

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Upcoming Events

Festive Farmers Marke

Join the holiday cheer at Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – we’ll have kids activities, a Holiday Cookie Swap (for more info & RSVP here!) and photos with Santa. Buy local this holiday season!

Holiday Closures 

We’ll be closed Sunday, December 25th and Sunday, January 1st for the holidays! Stock up on December 18th for all your holiday meals. We’ll be open on January 8th. Happy Holidays!

Make It! Festival

This year Make It! is offering VFM Members 2-for-1 admission at the door – just flash your card to save!* Shop both Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market and Make It! Festival this Sunday, December 11th.

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*please note that this is for VFM Member cards only and does not include the Hastings Park Shopper Card.

Don’t Miss

Are you a regular Hastings Park shopper? Pickup your Hastings Shopper Card at our Information Booth and enjoy some great perks including:

  • Free Market Money transactions ($2 value)
  • Free “bunch” item after 5th visit*
  • Free “basket” or “bag” item after 10th visit*
  • Free “jar” item after 15th visit*

It’s free to join, just sign up for our weekly newsletter!

*all free items valued at a maximum of $3. Shopper card is available at Hastings Park only.

Help Spread the Word!

Love the market? Tell your friends and family about Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market to help this new market grow. Share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

Be a Market Champion! Get a Hastings Park lawn sign and let your neighbours know where to find the freshest in local produce, all within a few minutes of their home. Pickup your lawn sign at the Info Booth this week!

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here


Gifts to Get at the Markets Part 2

We’re back with the second instalment of Gifts to Get at the Markets – your guide to local, sustainable holiday shopping with BC farms and producers this season! Don’t miss these vendors at Nat Bailey and Hastings Park this weekend…

 

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Put some award-winning cheese in your loved one’s stocking this year! Heidi from The Farm House Natural Cheeses is a gruyere-like French table cheese made from milk produced on the summer pasture. It’s just one of Farm House’s amazing grass-fed dairy products – they make a wide selection of cow and goat cheese, along with cultured butter for your holiday baking. Find them at Nat Bailey Dec 10, 17.

 

 

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Looking for a unique gift for the jewelry lover on your list? Nancy Esworthy produces a range of sophisticated and edgy designs made from precious metals, wood, resin, and leather. Find her on one date only at Nat Bailey Dec 10.

 

 

 

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Let the cocktail making begin! The Booze Witch (a.k.a Kelly Gillespie of Gillespie’s Fine Spirits) makes a range of flavourful and aromatic shrubs to pair with her artisan spirits, which include vodka, gin, and signature liqueurs made with BC grain. Look out for her Dec 10 at Nat Bailey.

 

 

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Japanese chocolatiers Coconama produce single origin tasting chocolate made simply from cocoa beans and cane sugar. For the chocolate connoisseur on your list, the Coco-Labo tasting squares are for melting slowly on your tongue so to experience the range of flavours they release. Pick them up at Nat Bailey Dec 10.

 

 

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Take some authentic Ukrainian sour cherry buns to your next holiday party! Solodko Ukrainian Bakery in New Westminster makes a variety of Ukrainian specialities from scratch – like pierogies, cabbage rolls, borscht, and a variety of breads and sweet baked goods. Look for them Dec 10 at Nat Bailey and Dec 18 at Hastings Park.

 

 

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Light up your holiday season with the natural warmth and beauty of von Hardenberg Candles. Available in a wide selection of shapes and sizes, each candle is handmade at their studio in Maple Ridge from 100% beeswax. Find them Dec 10 at Nat Bailey.

 

 

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Copper Pot Preserves creates artisan small batch jams and preserves from the seasonal bounty found at local farmers markets. With flavours ranging from Raspberry & Chipotle to Blueberry, Lemon & Thyme, Copper Pot’s jams make great stocking stuffers for the jam and toast fans in your life, or a yummy addition to your holiday charcuterie board. Find them on one market date only – Dec 10 at Nat Bailey.

 

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Your holiday baking can go local this year with organic grains and flours from Cedar Isle Farm. Grown in the rich and fertile soil of the Fraser Valley near Agassiz, BC, Cedar Isle’s products include certified organic oats, wheat, and rye that is rolled and milled into whole grain flour. Get some at Hastings Park on Dec 11 & 18.

 

 

don_asperinLocal woodcrafter Don Asperin produces a line of clean and contemporary wood designs including cutting boards, jewelry boxes, and serving trays. Affordably priced in a wide range of options, Don’s work makes for a stylish holiday party host or hostess gift. Find him at Nat Bailey Dec 10.

 

 

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Dogwood Brewing offers a selection of their organic brews in growler fills and cans at the markets. Pick some up for gifts or holiday entertaining at Nat Bailey Dec 10 and Hastings Park Dec 11 & 18.

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-53-34-amWhen you’re done with all that holiday baking and shopping and gift wrapping, take a break from making dinner with one of Real Meal‘s take home dishes. Made from scratch with local and organic ingredients, these hearty meals will make sure you and your family are eating well during the busy festive season. Gift cards are also available for the people in your life who love to eat but not to cook! Load up on the goodness this Sunday, Dec 11 at Hastings Park.


What's fresh at Nat Bailey - Dec 3

What’s in Season

cabbageapples, acorn squash, asian pears, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, chanterelles, chard, delicata squash, daikon, endive, fennel, garlic, hazelnuts, kale, kiwi, kohlrabi, leeks, mizuna, mushrooms, napa cabbage, nettles, onions, persimmon, parsnips, potatoes, pears, pumpkin, quince, rutabaga, salad mix, shallots, spinach, sunchokes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, winter squash, zucchini

Local Holiday Gift Guide

Kale power… we think raw kale chips would make a fine stocking stuffer and provide a healthy chaser to all the decadent food and drink you’re sure to be having. The Raw Guy makes a great selection of kale chips and krunchies, raw granola, macaroons, and crackers – find him at Nat Bailey Dec 3, 10, and 17 and Hastings Park Dec 4 and 18.

Something sweet… Marmalades, Jams & Jellies! Le Meadow’s Pantry offers the perfect gift for that holiday host or one that fits nicely into a stocking. These small-batch preserves come in over 30 varieties and are all cooked by hand and use local fruit. You’ll find something that suits anyone’s pantry. Find them at Nat Bailey Dec 3 and Hastings Park Dec 18.

A gift that lasts… looking for a useful gift for that pottery fan on your list? Pottery by Dave & Family produces an affordable line of handmade pots, mugs, and vases that range from retro/speckled glazes to wood and salt-fired pieces. Find them this Saturday, Dec 3 at Nat Bailey.

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate… who doesn’t love chocolate? Take a Fancy Bean to Bar Chocolate makes theirs from ethical, organic cacao beans to produce a range of chocolate and sweets that incorporate local ingredients like dried fruit, nuts, and even cayenne pepper. Load up on the goods at Nat Bailey on Dec 3, 10, and 17 and at Hastings Park on Dec 18.

Easy peasy holiday entertaining… we know you can cook but save your energy for the main event and take a break on the appies. Pâté Pastiche makes four flavours of gourmet, vegan and nut-free French-style terrines that are sure to look lovely on your table. Get them weekly at Nat Bailey between now and Dec 17.

Deck the halls… the folks at Lowland Herb Farm makes gorgeous, rustic bouquets and wreaths from aromatic herbs and flowers grown on their bio-dynamic farm in Chilliwack. Find them at Nat Bailey on Dec 3, 10, and 17.

Try a new tradition… ever had an authentic Slavic-style roll straight out of the oven from East European Dessert? Caramel-crusty on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside – with six different flavours to choose from! Get some this December 3 at Nat Bailey and be the hit at your next holiday party.

Click here for more gifts to get from the Farmers Markets this holiday season.

Don’t Miss

Sale Sale Sale!

Just in time for the holidays – give gifts that show off your market pride! Select limited edition VFM swag on sale now, including market tee’s & totes! The more you buy – the more you save! *Click here to view sale items*

Holiday Closures 

We’ll be closed Saturday, December 24th & 31st for the holidays! Stock up on December 17th for all your holiday meals. We’ll be re-open on January 7th. Happy Holidays!

Member Appreciation Day! 

It’s the first market of the month and VFM members will enjoy free market money transactions and discounts at over 18 various vendors around the market – click here to see this weeks specials. Learn more about our membership program and how you can support our non-profit organization online or at the market information booth.

Hastings Park Winter Market

farmers-marketHave you heard about the Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market? Did you know it’s every Sunday from November to April? With lots of free parking and more vendors than ever before? If you miss Nat Bailey, be sure to head to the east side to pick up your weekly groceries! *Details here*

Shop at Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market on Sunday December 11 and VFM Members will get 2-for-1 admission at the door of Make It! – just flash your member card to save!

Visit us at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.), Saturdays, 10am-2pm 

Click here for more Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market Information


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