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Dig In! Demos & Schedule

Schedule

  • 9:00 – Market Opens
  • 10:00 – Build your own Terrarium
  • 11:00 – Backyard Boxes Compost Demo
  • 12:00 – Build your own Terrarium
  • 1:00 – Backyard Boxes Compost Demo
  • 2:00 – Market Closes

Ongoing: Garden Q & A with Vancouver Master Gardeners, Live Bee Box with Richmond Beekeepers Association

Demos

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Master Gardeners  Build Your Own Terrarium

BackyardBoxes  Beekeepers


Dig In! Garden Fest at Trout Lake - May 28

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The Produce

asparagus, bok choy, broccolini, chard, chives, cucumbers, edible flowers, fennel, garlic scapes, green apricots, green onions, kohlrabi, leeks, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, snap peas, tomato starts, turnip greens, zucchini, zucchini flowers

The Vendors

This Dig In! Garden Fest, find shrubs, hanging baskets and veggie starts from the farmers themselves!

Veggie Starts:

Farmer Koo, Organic Farm Connection, natural village, Albert’s Herbs & Nursery, Lowland Herb Farm, Sweet Fig’s Farm Collective, Christina’s Garden, Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, S&G Fresh Produce Ltd

Hanging Baskets:

Farmer Koo, G & K Gardens

Shrubs:

South Grove Nursery, S&G Fresh Produce Ltd., Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Lowland Herb Farm, Sweet Fig’s Farm Collective

Don’t Miss: 

Salt Spring Coffee

They’re our sponsors this year and will have cold brew on tap!

Special Dig In! Garden Fest Activities

  • Build Your Own Terrarium with Sweet Fig’s Farm Collective and Figaro’s Garden – 10-10:45 & 12-12:45 (Cost: $20 and bring one home!)
  • Compost Demonstrations with Robin Poirier of Backyard Boxes (11am & 1pm)
  • Live Bee Box with Gus Axen – Richmond Beekeepers and Arila Apiary (ongoing)
  • Garden Q & A with Vancouver Master Gardeners (ongoing)
  • Facepainting with Tiare Jung (ongoing), Live Music with Brainchild (9-11:30am) and Terrarium (11:30am-2pm) and more!

Please share our event on Facebook and Twitter!

Manager’s Picks

Walter Harvey is back and he’s bringing Rainier cherries – they’re early this year! First week for raspberries from Maan Farms and Mandair Farms too. This is the first week for Soban Organic Farm at Yarrow Ecovillage who bring delicious organic produce and usually have some beautiful hand-carved something to grace your table.

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Trout Lake Farmers Market vendors here.

Discover our five other summer market locations on our Markets Page.


What's Fresh at Kitsilano - May 29

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What’s Fresh at Kitsilano

asparagus, basil, bell peppers, cilantro, cucumber, eggplant, fava beans, fennel, frisee, green onions, hanging potted plants, head lettuce, herbs, mustards, mushrooms, peonies, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, tomatoes

Manager’s Picks

Goddess Golden Ale by Persephone Brewing, Ginger Syrup from Frost Bites, Plain Greek Yogurt from The Farm House Natural Cheeses & Bleu Claire Cheese from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks.

Don’t Miss

Salt Spring Coffee will be sampling their cold brew coffee at the market – try their 3 new flavours this Sunday:

Classic Cold Brew: Naturally sweet, chocolaty and full bodied. Our classic cold brew is smooth, easy drinking and highly caffeinated.

Vanilla Cold Brew: Easy drinking and versatile, it is the sweetest of our cold brew flavours. It pairs well with dairy.

Citrus Cold Brew: Bright, complex and refreshing with a hint of cardamom. It pairs well with cocktails, tonics and ice cream.

Kitsilano Block Parties is looking for hosts for their Car Free Day party. Instead of closing down a busy street, people throughout Kits host block parties with their neighbours! Stop by their tent to learn how you can be a part of this community event.

Get a complete list of this week’s Kitsilano Market vendors here.

Discover our five other summer market locations on our Markets Page.


What's fresh in Yaletown - May 26

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Join us this Thursday, May 26, for our last market on Mainland St before we move to our new home 4 blocks North at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. (If you stop by the information tent and tell us you plan to visit it us at our new home – we might just have something for you!)

This week we’ll see plenty more organic strawberries and are very excited to bring you a variety of organic and wild mushrooms!

What’s Fresh at Yaletown:

asparagus, basil, bell peppers, cilantro, cucumber, eggplant, fava beans, fennel, frisee, green onions, hanging potted plants, head lettuce, herbs, mustards, mushrooms, peonies, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, tomatoes, wheatgrass

New Vendors this week:

Anderson Organic Farm, Coast Mushrooms, Dogwood Brewing

Top picks to check out:

Organic Strawberries from Anderson Organic Farm, grass-fed yogurt from Farm House Natural Cheese (those two pair really well together), Garlic Jalapeno Hot Sauce from Roasters Hot Sauce Inc. – it’s really good, on everything! Make sure you pick up some Don’t Bug Me, Insect Repellent from Scentimental Creations – it helps keep those critters away on warm summer nights!

Dont Miss:

The Yaletown Farmers Market is moving Downtown

Effective June 2, the market will be moving to a new location at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, at Georgia & Hamilton, just 4 blocks North of its current location. We hope you will continue to support all the Yaletown vendors you have come to love over the past three years at our new location! For more information visit the Yaletown market page.

Get a complete list of this week’s Yaletown Market vendors here.

Discover our five other summer market locations on our Markets Page.


Opening Day at the West End - May 28

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The West End Farmers Market returns to the 1100 block of Comox St. (at Nelson Park) this Saturday, May 28 from 9am-2pm! Shop fresh weekly at the market, featuring the finest selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and craft products, fresh fish, and local artisan beer, wine and spirits. Vancouver’s summer tradition continues with 30+ vendors to shop with each week!

WHAT’S FRESH AT THE WEST END:

asparagus, beets, chives, cherries, cucumbers, garlic scapes, green apricots, green onions, head lettuce, peonies, peppers, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini

NEW VENDORS THIS WEEK:

Snowy Mountain Organics, Twin Oaks Farm, Urban Digs Farm, G&D Growers

TOP PICKS TO CHECK OUT:

Pick up Espresso Roast beans from Mogiana Coffee, a pint of ruby red strawberries from Paul’s Produce, raspberries from Maan Farms, a chocolate almond croissant from Purebread and take home a venus fly trap from Twin Oaks Farm. 

DON’T MISS:

Sign up for EVO: They’ll have car-sharing activation tent in the middle of the market. If you sign up at the market, you’ll get free minutes!

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S WEST END FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

DISCOVER OUR FIVE OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.


Where to park in the West End

The West End Farmers Market is at a very central location and we encourage shoppers to walk, cycle or take transit to the market, if possible. Parking in the West End is limited – here are a couple options nearby.

CoV Metered Parking – East side of Nelson Park

    • Location: 1050 Thurlow St.
    • Rates: Hourly – $3 per hr
    • Payment Options: Cash, credit card, mobile app and by phone
    • 1 min walk to the market!

Impark – Century Plaza Hotel – Lot #803

  • Location: 1015 Burrard St. (Entrance is on Comox St.)
  • RatesHourly – $3.75 per 30 mins | $21.00 daily flat (6am-6pm), $9.00 early bird (enter before 8:30am)
  • Payment Options: Cash or Pay By Phone
  • # of spaces: 177
  • Restrictions: Max Height 6′ 6″
  • 1 min walk to the market!


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - May 21

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The Produce

asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccolini, chard, chives, cucumbers, edible flowers, fennel, garlic scapes, green apricots, green onions, leeks, mini peppers, morels, peonies, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, tomato starts, turnip greens

The Vendors

We’ve got some Trout Lake newbies and others that we’re seeing for the first time this season!

Brand New:

Disco Cheetah, Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, Vale Farms Grassroots Ltd

First Week:

Bomber Brewing, Fable Naturals, Golden West Farms, Maan Farms, Nice Pops, Thai Princess, The Magpie’s Nest, The Poplar Studio

Last week:

Vlad’s Apiary

Manager’s Picks

This is your last chance to pick up honey from Zdenka of Vlad’s Apiary and you won’t want to miss freshly roasted tandoori masala from Trudy Anne’s Chai & Spices to go with your organic Vale Farms chicken Farm House Natural Cheese grass-fed yogurt and spring veggies. Maan Farms is bringing their gorgeous strawberries for the first time this year, and you’ll want to buy two boxes – one for later and one for the walk home!

Don’t miss:

Credit Unions of BC: They’ll be roaming around the market with sign-up bonuses and have some market $ for random acts of kindness!

Dig In! Garden Fest on May 28 – Learn at garden demos from Sweet Fig’s Collective, check out the bees with The Richmond Beekeepers, and pick up supplies for your own garden of course! More details here

Get a complete list of this week’s Trout Lake Farmers Market vendors here.

Discover our five other summer market locations on our Markets Page.


What's Fresh at Kitislano - May 22

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Strawberry season is here!! We were so excited to see these ruby red fruits at Kits last Sunday and there will be more to come this weekend. Come and shop early, they won’t last long!

What’s Fresh at Kitsilano

zucchini, tomatoes, asparagus, radishes, peonies, garden starts, cucumbers, salad greens, eggplant, peppers, chard & rhubarb

New Vendors this Week

Solodko Ukrainian Bakery, Livia Sweets, Fable Naturals & Wayward Distillation House

Manager’s Picks

Ginger Beer from Dickie’s Ginger, Sunbrella Sun Stick from Scentimental Creations, Bombay Masala Chai from Trudy Ann’s Chai & Spices

Don’t Miss

Evo Car Share is offering market shoppers free memberships and 30 minutes of driving time just by stopping by their tent at the market.

Get your bike tuned while you shop around the market with the UBC Bike Co-Op’s Cycling Resource Centre! This year the Bike Co-Op is collecting bike accessory donations (bike lights, helmets, bells etc) for their Pedals for the People and Bike Library programs. Find out more about their programs here.

Love the markets and wondering how to get involved? Signup today for the next volunteer orientation and learn about the opportunities we have at the Vancouver Farmers Markets. We’re looking for regular Market Hosts throughout the summer at Kitsilano – signup through our volunteer page.

Get a complete list of this week’s Kitsilano Market vendors here.

Discover our five other summer market locations on our Markets Page.


What's fresh in Yaletown - May 19

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A heartfelt thanks to the Yaletown community for supporting and shopping on market day every week. Show your continued support for the Yaletown Market and its producers by continuing to shop weekly, for the next two weeks in Yaletown, and by following us to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza on June 2.

We’ve seen some exciting spring crops so far this May and excited to see strawberries at the market this week! Come early as they will go fast!

What’s Fresh at Yaletown:

asparagus, basil, bell peppers, cilantro, cucumber, eggplant, fava beans, fennel, frisee, green onions, hanging potted plants, head lettuce, herbs, mustards, peonies, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, tomatoes, wheatgrass

New Vendors this week:

Forbidden Fruit Winery, Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, Sweet Figs Farm Collective, Sawmill Bay Shellfish Company Ltd.

Top picks to check out:

Veggie Pot Pie from Chef Enrick Food Corp,  Fair Trade Rosemary Mint Lotion by Fable Naturals, Seasonal Fruit Ice Pops from Nice Pops, and Chives and Garlic vegan dip from Spread’Em Kitchen

Dont Miss:

Effective June 2, the market will be moving to a new location at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, at Georgia & Hamilton, just 4 blocks North of its current location. We hope you will continue to support all the Yaletown vendors you have come to love over the past three years at our new location!

Get a complete list of this week’s Yaletown Market vendors here.

Discover our five other summer market locations on our Markets Page.


What's Fresh at Kitsilano - May 15

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Thanks for the awesome opening day at Kitsilano Farmers Market! We’re looking forward to bringing freshest in local food to Vancouver’s west side every Sunday until October 23rd. Show us your Kits photos by tagging @vanmarkets #KitsilanoFM on Twitter and Instagram!

What’s Fresh at Kitsilano

asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs, rhubarb, veggie starts, peonies, hanging potted plants & fennel

New Vendors this Week

Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, Mellifera Bees, Urban Fired Pizza & The Raw Guy

Manager’s Picks

Maui Beef Jerky from Jerky Baron, French Macarons from French Made Baking, Savoury Crêpes from Creperie La Boheme, Lavender Rosemary Bread from Purebread

Get a complete list of this week’s Kitsilano Market vendors here.

Discover our five other summer market locations on our Markets Page.