Market News

New Location! Market Move


Due to construction at Nat Bailey Stadium, the Winter Farmers Market held Saturdays in the stadium parking lot will be moving to the Riley Park site beginning on February 14, 2015. Construction is scheduled to take 8 weeks, at which time we expect to move back to the stadium lot.

The market footprint will include food truck vendors parked on Ontario St and 30th Ave as well as tents setup in the North and East parking lots of Riley Park. Construction fencing will be moved back to accommodate vendors along the paved path leading from the parking lot to Ontario St.

  • Washrooms: in Hillcrest Community Centre and Riley Park Caretaker house
  • Accessible Parking: on 30th Ave, will be marked by blue cones
  • Parking: Nat Bailey Overflow Lot (no access from Ontario, please use Midlothian) & street parking on Ontario

Our interactive market map will be updated to reflect these changes shortly. Thanks for your patience as we figure out a new market plan!

The Winter Farmers Market team

VFM Statement Regarding Microbiological Survey of Locally Grown Lettuce Sold at Farmers’ Markets

Findings of a 2012 research study by a UBC Land and Food Systems Masters Student was recently released on the UBC Website. (LINK)

Though the research for this study was conducted in more than 2 years ago at five unidentified farmers markets in Vancouver, we take food safety concerns seriously.

The study shows that lettuce from farmers markets was healthy and below the CFIA safety standards, which are some of the best standards in the world.

We work closely with Vancouver Coastal Health to ensure all food at our markets meets the highest safety standards. We’re thankful that in 20 years of operation, we’ve never been made aware of any illnesses related to fresh food at the markets.

This seems to be a preliminary study and offers no scientifically corroborated findings. If further study leads to any conclusive findings leading to safer markets, we welcome it. To reiterate, the study indicates that lettuce is within food safety guidelines — a conclusion that can be made about most commercially available fresh food.

Farmers Markets are still the most transparent and direct way for consumers to purchase fresh food. If unsafe bacteria are ever detected, the source can be located quickly, and corrected immediately. The best way to learn more about the food you’re eating is to talk directly to the farmer you’re buying from.

Food Truck February is here!

#FoodTruckFeb kicks off this weekend at Nat Bailey!

Our food trucks have been asked to create a Market Menu item using ingredients sourced as locally as they can get – right from their fellow vendors! Here’s who you can look forward to seeing on February 7th:

Aussie Pie Guy

Check out their pork tourtiere pie with a luscious blueberry/molasses port sauce. The Pie Guy is using pork and blueberries sourced from Gelderman Farms – they supply our many of our markets with vegetarian-fed, humanely raised, delicious pork!

Blue Smoke BBQ

Blue Smoke introduces the “Juicy Lucy” for the month of February. The Lucy features a unique mince blend of premium meats including brisket, beef short rib, and pork belly. As Wayne would say, can you spell Y-U-M-M-Y!?!


Winter Market stalwart Chilitank features his famous beefy chili using Empire Valley beef, chilies from Earth Apple Farm and Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm, seasonal squash from Klippers Organic Acres, and green onions from Lowland Herb Farm.

Creperie La Boheme

Special at La Creperie this month will be the TASTY BEET: they’ve smothered their signature crispy buckwheat crepe in béchamel, kale pesto, beets, goat cheese, smoked beef, greens, sunflower sprouts and vinaigrette. The kale pesto is made with beautiful kale grown in the Cariboo, the beets are from the Fraser Valley, the smoked beef comes from the International Sausage House in Burnaby where they smoke all their own meat, beets are from Rondriso Farms and the sprouts are from the Vancouver Food Pedalers Co-op. Locally delicious!

The Schnitzel Shack

The Schnitzel Shack will the featuring their famous schnitzel sandwich in a new combo this month. Choose from tender, juicy pork/chicken/vegan schnitzel and a fresh greens medley in a baked tortilla or pita wrap, all topped off with a flavorful dressing and a side of their house-baked veggie chips. The fresh greens are sourced right from the the market. The Schnitzel Shack sources cabbage, beets, parsnips, and apples for their chips from Cropthorne Farm, Klippers Organic, and Harvey’s Orchards.

 We need you – show us some love this #foodtruckfeb!

Vote for your favourite Market Menu item at the Info Booth – the winning food truck will receive their pick of dates at our summer markets.

Tag your favourites on Instagram with @vanmarkets & #foodtruckfeb to be entered to win a February Market Survival Kit! We’re picking a winner every week so eat early and eat often.

Also at the market this week: Culver City Salads, Eli’s Serious Sausage, J-Brulee, Old Country Pierogi, Soho Road Naan Kabab, The Kaboom Box, The Bean Buggy, West Best Coffee, and Yolks’ Breakfast. So much local flavour to choose from!

Each food truck’s Market Menu item will be given a “Most Local” rating – can they make it to 50% local? 75%?? 100%???

 A full list of Food Truck February participants can be found on our Event page here.

Full market map and vendor listing on our Market page here.

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!