Market News

Winter Market - Jan 31

Wow – what a wet, torrential rain we had last week. Thanks to everyone who came out in spite of the pouring rain. We gave away a lot of buttons for our #showusyerboots #bravetherain campaign too! This week’s looking a lot more farmers market friendly…

Don’t miss these vendors:

  • Ambercott Acres: James only comes out every now and again. If you’ve never tried them, you must pick up some his dried fruits – they are dried by sunshine and pure Okanagan summer breezes on his beautiful farmhouse deck!
  • Lowland Herb Farm: Boni is back with her herbs, plants and sage advice
  • Batard Boulangerie: Formerly Rise Artisan Breads, Chris is coming with his timeless bakery classics from his hip new shop!

Food Truck February: Celebrate the best in fabulous food truck flavours as we double the number of food trucks on-site at the market every week! We’ve got three fun contests on the go for the whole month with contest winners getting their pick of summer market dates!

Winter Farmers Market is moving! Due to construction at Nat Bailey Stadium, we will be moving across the street to the old Riley Park Community Centre lot starting February 14th.

  • Vendors: all the same vendors you know and love
  • Parking: as before, overflow lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, some parking along Ontario (be careful not to park in resident-only areas!)

Stay tuned for more details. We’ll have a new interactive market map up and running and post more details on our website before the move.

See you at the market!


 

Check out our interactive market map for a more complete of this week’s vendors and their product listings


Winter Market - Jan 24

There are so many wonderful items to be found at the farmers market in January, not just apples, carrots & squash (though those are tasty too!) This week you’ll also find brussels sprouts, cabbage, chesse, celeriac, eggs, frozen berries, hazelnuts, kale, kiwis, leeks, mushrooms, rutabagas, shallots, turnips, sunchokes, plus poultry, beef, seafood and much more!

Here are some new vendors you should check out:

Three Feet Below A farm from Richmond that cans what they grow! They also sell a canning CSA! From pickles to jams, salsas to sauerkraut, they’ve got you covered!

Original Mexican Gourmet (OMG) Check out their line of Cajetas: Mexican style caramel spreads made with goat’s milk. Flavours include: traditional Vanilla, decadent Rum and rich Espresso. YUM!

If you missed last weeks CSA Share Fair but are still interested in the CSA programs offered in 2015, visit our website for an updated list of CSA programs available in Vancouver.

Food Truck Fest – all February! Every year, we ask our Food Trucks to create a Market Menu Item that features local food from VFM farmers. We fill the market with extra food trucks and get you to vote for which Market Menu Item you think is the best. Food Truck Fest is a lot of fun and the best place to be in February. Stay tuned for more details!

Market Moving, February 14: Due to construction at Nat Bailey Stadium we will be temporarily moving across the street to the North end of Riley Park starting February 14th. Stay tuned as more details develop.

See you at the market!


GET YOUR SHARE! - Jan 17

GET YOUR SHARE! We’re hosting our 3rd Annual CSA Share Fair this week. Interested in subscribing to a CSA but not sure what’s right for you? Come talk to the farmers, fishers and canners who offer them this Saturday at the Winter Market. Now’s the time to start thinking about it – get your share before it’s too late!

These farmers will be on site to answer questions:

  • Blue Comet Seafoods – salmon, tuna, halibut, lingcod, rockfish, sablefish
  • Crisp Organics – mixed vegetables & fruit
  • Cropthorne Farm – mixed vegetables & eggs
  • Klippers Organic Acres – mixed vegetables, tree fruit, preserves
  • Rondriso Farms – mixed vegetables & fruit
  • Shalefield Organic Gardens – mixed vegetables, fruit & berries
  • Skipper Otto’s CSF – salmon, tuna, halibut, prawns, shrimp & crab
  • Sole Food Street Farms – mixed veggies, greens
  • Three Feet Below – canning CSA – pickles to jams, salsa to sauerkraut
  • Urban Digs Farm – pasture-raised meats, eggs, fruits & vegetables

Don’t know what a CSA is? Community Supported Agriculture, often shortened to CSA, is a prepaid subscription to a farm’s produce for the season. Most CSAs give shareholders a weekly supply of veggies, herbs, fruits and sometimes even eggs and meat. You know it’s fresh and you get to meet the farm and people who grew your food! The prepaid CSA arrangements also makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Some CSAs also incorporate farm workdays for shareholders. Pickup days vary by farm and some offer pickups at a VFM location.

CSAs have been very popular recently. Be sure to sign up early before subscriptions are filled! VFM vendors offer everything from pre-loaded ‘credit’ cards, beasty boxes, weekly fruits and veggies boxes and more. A subscription to a CSA makes a great gift too.

Check out our CSA Box Program page for farm and contact information.

See you at the market!


Check out this week’s full vendor list on our interactive market map


CSA Share Fair - Jan 17

Interested in subscribing to a CSA but not sure what’s right for you? Come talk to the farmers, fishers and canners who offer them this Saturday, January 17, 10-2 at the Winter Farmers Market.

Meet these farmers:

  • Blue Comet Seafoods
  • Crisp Organics
  • Cropthorne Farm
  • Klippers Organic Acres
  • Rondriso Farms
  • Shalefield Organic Gardens
  • Skipper Otto’s CSF
  • Sole Food Street Farms
  • Three Feet Below
  • Urban Digs Farm

Don’t know what a CSA is? Community Supported Agriculture, often shortened to CSA, is a prepaid subscription to a farm’s produce for the season. Most CSAs give shareholders a weekly supply of veggies, herbs, fruits and sometimes even eggs and meat. You know it’s fresh and you get to meet the farm and people who grew your food! The prepaid CSA arrangements also makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Some CSAs also incorporate farm workdays for shareholders. Pickup days vary by farm and some offer pickups at a VFM location.

CSAs have been very popular recently. Be sure to sign up early before subscriptions are filled! VFM vendors offer everything from pre-loaded ‘credit’ cards, beastie boxes, weekly fruits and veggies boxes and more. A subscription to a CSA makes a great gift too.

Check out our CSA Box Program page for farm and contact information.

 

 


Winter Market - Jan 10

There’s a lot at the market in January – in fact, a whole list of items from A to Z: Apples, Brussel sprouts, Carrots, Delicata squash, Eggs, Fruit chips, Garlic, Hazelnuts, Ice Cap Organics sauerkraut, Jerusalem artichokes, Kiwi, Leeks, Maple candy, Nectar of the gods (aka fruit juice, this week from fruitguy farms and Golden West), Onions, Potatoes, Quebecois-style tourtiere, Rutabagas, Shallots, Turnips, Ugly (but delicious) celeriac, Valley Gold Bee Co. honey, Winterbor kale, eXtra crisp Klippers Organics pickles, Yellow foot wild foraged mushrooms and Zesty scones!  Check out the pictorial version on Facebook

CSA Share Fair – January 17: Now’s the time to start thinking about investing in a CSA share. We’ll be featuring our vendors with CSA programs as well as a few special guests next week at the market. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to the vendors themselves about your options! Check out some info before you get started

Food Scraps Drop Spot: Bring your food waste to the farmers market and drop it off for a mere $2 donation. We’ll help you complete the food loop – visit us at the Information Booth for more details.

See you at the market!


 

Check out our interactive market map for a list of this week’s vendors