Market News

Mount Pleasant - July 6

from Onsite Manager, Laura Gibson:

Be sure to visit your Mt Pleasant Market this Sunday on Member Appreciation Day! Not a member yet? Be sure to sign up! Lots of specials from your favourite vendors, you will save 15% on merchandise at the info booth, and we wave the $2 transaction fee when you purchase market money. Your support as  a member helps keep our markets thriving!

Great line up of vendors this Sunday near “Dude Chillin’ Park!” * Lots of greens to be had this week from Good Time Farming and Plenty Wild Farms, peppers from Applebarn, as well as beef and fish from Kine Meats, Vale Farms and Blue Comet! And berries, berries, berries!

New to our market this season:

  • Puff Kombucha tea brewery creates a probiotic tea made with 100% raw kombucha. Flavours like “Sizzling Ginger” “Hibiscus Kiss” and “Slick Mint” will give you a burst of energy!
  • Spread’Em Dips are perfect for dipping veggies and crackers, a great alternative to mustard or mayo, or even replace your standard base for pizza!
  • Bryan and Anges Warmerdam are there with lovely cut irises and nothing says summer like fresh flowers!
  • The Hive Printing and their great line of t-shirts, totes and coasters featuring designs inspired by local history and the natural environment.

Did you know about the Facebook Selfie at the market Contest?  You can win  a Bernardin canning starter kit and market money to stock up on your favourite local goods! Find more details at

Don’t forget to bring your compostables to the Food Scraps Drop Spot! About 40% of your household garbage is compostable; help divert scraps from the landfill!

Be the envy of all your friends and pick up a Mount Pleasant Market canvas tote bag, exclusive to this market!

See you on Sunday!

*Check the interactive market map for full vendor list

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Where to Park at Main St Station

Having trouble finding parking at the Main St. Station Farmers Market? We’ve got suggestions on some parking options nearby.

Parking Option FREE Cash Credit < 1 min walk < 5 min walk
Easy Park Lot #16
250 Northern St
1150 Station St
231 National Ave


Easy Park lot #16

  • Located at the southeast corner of Quebec and Terminal
  • Rates: 6am – 6pm $2.00 per half hour | 6pm – 6am $1.75 per half hour
  • Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express & EasyPark tokens accepted
  • 5 min walk to the market!


250 Northern St

  • Located on the 200 block of Northern St. (Between Western St. & Station St.)
  • Rates: FREE
  • 4 min walk to the market!


1150 Station St

  • Located on Station St. (Across the street from the market!)
  • Rates: $1 per hour
  • Cash, Visa, MasterCard
  • Seconds from the market!


231 National Ave

  • Located on the 200 block of National Ave.
  • Rates: FREE
  • Seconds to the market!

Food Scraps Drop Spot

Food Scraps Drop Spot is turning 3 in August this summer and we are at more locations than ever!

From now until October, we will be setting up Drop Spot at 5 Farmers Markets (Yaletown, Trout Lake, West End, Kitsilano, and Mt Pleasant), as well as 2 community locations, every week.

In a typical household, about 40% of garbage generated are compostable. By diverting that from the landfill, you are helping to retain valuable resource from going to waste and return the food scraps back into the food cycle. Also, compostable waste in landfill generates methane, which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of its global warming potential.

So if you don’t have food scraps collection where you live, please consider using our community service – because what you do with your kitchen scraps and leftovers really makes a BIG difference!

To partipating is really simple. Just collect your food scraps at home, bring it to one of the location during the hours of operation, and drop it off. ($2 donation is really appreciated – as the donation goes to pay for the cost of running this program.)

For our collection – we accept:

  • fruit & vegetables
  • meat, bones & dairy
  • breads & pastries
  • cooked food scraps
  • soiled paper towels
  • coffee grounds & tea bags

On the other hand, we do not accept:

  • plastic bags (unless it is certified compostable)
  • plastics or styrofoam
  • oils or grease
  • Paper/plastic drink cups (unless it is certified compostable)
  • diapers or wipes
  • animal waste or cat litter

(*Dropping off the wrong material will contaminate the load and introduce unwanted substance into the compost!)

You don’t have to sign up. So you are welcome to join whenever you are ready. Feel free to start small or go for the max – it’s completely up to you.

For details about our program, our times and locations, tips, and ways to support our program – please visit the Food Scrap Drop Spot website at

Market Sponsor: Enerex Botanicals

The Trout Lake Farmers Market is brought to you in part by the generous folks at Enerex Botanicals. In addition to helping us with operational costs, they are hosting a season-long bicycle raffle and three Meet Your Maker: Nutrition Tours.  You can fill in a ballot for the raffle every week you come to Trout Lake and sign up for the nutrition tours online. If you see the Enerex folks onsite, make sure to stop by and say thanks! They’ll be at Trout Lake on the following dates: Aug 2, Sept 6, and Oct 4

EnerexEnerex Botanicals is a Vancouver-based nutraceutical company dedicated to contributing to a better world. Our goal is to lead consumers along the path to a healthy life by providing a comprehensive line of high-quality nutritional supplements, educating the public about the effectiveness of natural remedies, and taking every step to minimize our impact on the planet.

Since our start in 1997, Enerex has been committed to helping consumers improve their lives. We source the highest-quality raw materials, develop formulations that maximize nutrient bioavailability, protect the potency and purity of our products by using top-quality non-reactive packaging, and strictly adhere to the international Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards throughout the process.

As a strong believer in community, Enerex is very proud to partner with the Vancouver Farmers Markets. Buying local helps many ways: produce contains more nutrients when allowed to ripen on the plant rather than in a truck, less energy is spent on transporting food, and best of all, profits and benefits stay within the community. Come visit us at the Vancouver Farmers Market and help support our friends and neighbours!


Interested in becoming a Market Sponsor? Contact Jen (at)

Meet Your Maker: Nutrition Tours

You are what you eat! Discover what nutrients are contained in your food and why they matter in this series of Meet Your Maker: Nutrition Tours.

Lead by Holistic Nutritionist Carol Crenna of Enerex Botanicals, each tour will focus on a particular market-sourced recipe as a basis for exploring the health benefits of local food. On the tours, you will visit a series of VFM vendors that produce the ingredients contained in the recipes, gaining insight on their growing and production methods as they pertain to the nutrition in your food.

Tours run at the Trout Lake Farmers Market on the following dates: July 5, Aug 2, Sept 6. Carol will lead two 60 minute tours per date at 11am & 12:30pm, leaving from the Market Info Booth.  Sign-up online and remember to include the tour time of your preference!

July 5: “Inside Guide to Salmon Salad”

 What You Will Learn

  • What nutrients are in every forkful of your salmon salad? and why does it matter?
  • What’s more important for health – local or organic?
  • Herbs: beyond flavourings
  • The relationship between farmer, field, fork and your own physical and mental health

Salad Ingredients Discussed: Greens – Kale, arugula, salad mix with spinach & mustard greens, Microgreens, Sprouts, Hazelnuts, Goat Cheese, Edible Flowers, Berries

Seared Salmon and Marinade/Dressing Ingredients Discussed: Fresh Local Sockeye Salmon, Honey, Garlic, Herbs: Dill, Tarragon, Cilantro

Nutrition handout included for each participant.

Meet the Makers

Arila Apiary – Honey | Fresh Off the Boat – Sockeye Salmon | Lowland Herb Farm – Edible Flowers | Little Qualicum Cheese – Goat Cheese | Klippers Organics – Garlic and Hazelnuts | Organic Farm Connection – Salad greens | Shalefield Organics – Sprouts | Sole Food Street Farms – Berries and Herbs | Vancouver Food Pedalers Co-op – Microgreens

Meet the Educator

Carol Crenna has been a national health journalist for 20 years, and a certified holistic nutritionist for 10 years. She has written features for Reader’s Digest, Best Health, MORE and Canadian Living, and conducted seminars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association, Stroke Recovery Association, GF Strong Amputee Recovery, Inspire Health, Capilano University and Langara College.