Market News

Trout Lake - July 26

We have a great line-up at the Trout Lake Farmers Market this weekend and summer is in full bloom! Last week brought the beginnings of field-grown heirloom tomatoes, Okanagan peaches and Pemberton potatoes. We’re enjoying a bumper crop year of blueberries too. Buy them by the case and freeze or jam a whole bunch. What a good excuse to eat pie and crumble daily!

Don’t miss these vendors:

  • Poplar Grove Arbour Hazelnuts: Talk to Peter about the state of hazelnuts this year and in years to come. If we don’t support hazelnut farmers, we may not have much of a BC hazelnut future!
  • Jamaica Blue Coffee Co: Welcome Chris to Trout Lake with his delectable cold brew – he’ll put on a pot of the hot stuff for you die hards too…
  • Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery: Last time we saw these guys, they were showing us how to fillet fresh salmon!

Thanks for celebrating our 20 Seasons birthday with us – we’ve still got some limited edition buttons at the Market Information Booth so you can wear us with pride! Check out some of our event photos here

See you at the market!


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Mount Pleasant - July 20

From Onsite Manager, Laura Gibson:

We are back this Sunday with the best of what’s in season!

Peaches and apricots are so tasty right now, time to stock up! And don’t forget your veggies…beets, chard and eggplants are yummy right now too.

Vale Farms produces 100% grass fed, chemical and hormone-free meats in the Okanagan. On Sunday they will be bringing chicken and turkeys! Be sure to ask about their “Country Kitchen Family Packs.”

Both beer and spirits! Award winning East Van Microbrewery R & B Brewing Co will be there for the first time, and Odd Society Spirits is returning with Vodkas and Gins made from scratch with local ingredients.

Everyone’s fave Geek Sweets is bringing her incredibly decorated and delish cupcakes and cookies. They go fast, so get there early!

Vancouver Dogs will answer all your questions about how we can help build a dog-friendly Vancouver. For dog owners and non-dog owners alike!

The Bean Buggy, Le Tigre and JJ’s Trucketeria will be there too! Hurray!

Don’t forget to bring your compostables to the Food Scraps Dropspot! Mount Pleasant Market is one of the city’s 7 locations.

See you Sunday! 🙂


 

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Trout Lake - July 19

We’re celebrating 20 seasons of Trout Lake! Come join us, some of our founders, long-time vendors and friends as we reminisce about the very beginning of the market and celebrate our success!

Schedule of Events:

  • 9am: Opening Bell
  • 11:30am: The Drive Street Band parades through the market
  • 12:00pm: Speeches from dignitaries & founders
  • 12:45pm: Cake is served!
  • 2:00pm: Closing Bell

Pick up a signature “20 Seasons” button and come to the story-telling tent with clippings, photos and opportunities for you to share what you love about the Trout Lake Farmers Market too!

Don’t miss these vendors:

  • Helmer Organic Farm: Doug and Jeanette were at the very first market in 1995 and their farm is coming down from Pemberton with their infamous potatoes for the first time this season.
  • Forrest Nelson Certified Organic Produce: Forrest grows delectable organic produce and he’s onsite after the heat wave in the Okanagan. Check him out!
  • Rondriso Farm: Ron’s your favourite farmer with the cowboy hat and is making it out for the first time this summer
  • Maan Farms & Estate Winery: Coming back from their tragic fire earlier this week, Maan Farms will have berries and summer corn. Help support them with us!

See you at the market!


 

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Kerrisdale - July 19

We’ve got a full roster of delectable stuff this coming Saturday!

  • Chef’s Natural Sausage is back – follow the aroma of sausages on the grill for samples
  • Chef Enrick will return with his sweet & savoury pies and authentic cretons
  • Don’t forget The Mushroom Man – Scott is back with his foraged & farmed morsels
  • Greendale Meats returns with free range, grass-fed, non-medicated beef

You’ll also see Jobst-Hoff with cherries, Guichon Farms with potatoes & peppers, Natural Village with herbs & carrots, G & D Growers with raspberries, Farmer Koo with potted flowers & veggies, Sull Farms with blueberries, Plenty Wild with zucchini and more … whew… that’s a lot of fresh produce to choose from!

Food Fact of the Week

Did you know that honey never goes bad? To prevent crystallization, keep honey at room temperature or in the freezer, not the fridge. If your honey crystallizes, place the open jar in a pan of hot water and heat gently until no crystals remain.

To learn more about honey and other bee products, visit Jane’s Honey Bees and stop for a chat.

What’s for Lunch?

Culver City Salads will be onsite this week with fresh & flavourful salads – always vegan and gluten-free, always packed with loads of colourful vegetables and proteins. Their dressings are made from scratch, gluten free and vegan, and you can take a bottle home with you for later. The ladies of Culver City work with local farms, whole ingredients, and strive to be as sustainable as possible, using only 100% compostable packaging.

Market Fun

Play the Spinnerama! If you get to the market early you can spin the Carnival Wheel at the entrance to the market for a chance to win one of 4 weekly prizes! Kids always win something.

Speaking of kids, we’ve got a weekly “Kid Zone” set up at the entrance for them to do some bubble blowing or chalk drawing, along with facepainting and live music.

See you at the market!

 


Mount Pleasant, July 13

This week at Mount Pleasant: Peaches, currants and apricots have started to appear and blueberries are perfect right now! Looking for veggies? Asparagus, onions, kale,peppers and leeks are here, and we have eggs and mushrooms this week too!

New to the Market this week*:

  • Fable Naturals will be appearing for the first time at Mt Pleasant. If you haven’t tried their products yet, now is your chance. They make skincare products from lip balms to scrubs with fair trade and organic products that are good enough to eat.
  • Culver City Salads are making a first time appearance too! Their ingredients come from local farms, and their delish vegan and gluten free salads are packed with loads of veggies and protein. Striving to be as sustainable as possible, they use 100% compostable packaging. Ask them about their “Going Solar” campaign.
  • Sweet Thea artisan bakery has been creating cakes and hand made chocolates for over 15 years. They will be bringing their famous hand-made pies, tarts and cookies. Perfect addition to your picnic in the park!
  • Odd Society Spirits: is a designated craft distillery in East Vancouver dedicated to creating wonderfully unique West Coast spirits using local ingredients. They produce all their spirits from scratch. Their current lineup includes East Van Vodka, Wallflower Gin, and Odd Society Creme de Cassis.

Our community table this week will be MealShare. Chat with them on Sunday to find out the good work these folks are doing in the community.

Pick up your very own Mount Pleasant Market canvas shopping bag exclusive to our market, designed and made right here in Vancouver. They make great gifts too!

Did you know as of July 1st, the DropSpot program collected over 265,000 lbs  of food scraps from more than 38,000 drops? Don’t forget to bring your weekly compostables to our DropSpot and help save additional landfill.

See you soon!


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