Market News

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


Winter Market - Jan 3

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a great holiday season full of family, fun, and yummy local food. Following a short break on December 27th, VFM staff and vendors are back in action this Saturday, January 3rd at the Winter Market. For a more complete list of this week’s vendors, check out our Winter Market Map

Saturday is Member Appreciation Day, so remember to show your card for free Market Money transactions and 15% off all VFM merchandise. Also look for the rainbow “Member Special” signs posted at vendor stalls throughout the markets to save!

January Member Specials  

  • A Bread Affair – $1 baguettes – “wow! what a deal, must be the best deal in the city”
  • Crisp Organics – Winter squash for only $1.25/lb
  • Cropthorne Farm– Gold, Red and Candy Cane beets at $2/lb, reg. $2.50
  • Fable Naturals -$2 off any product (excluding lip balms)
  • Jane’s Honey Bees – $1 off a 1Kg jar of honey
  • Jennifer’s Jiffies – Fiberlicious Cookie mixes at $6 each
  • Jobst-Hof Orchards – Variety pack of pure fruit juice – 3 bottles $10 – save $2.50
  • Le Meadow’s Pantry – $1 off Banana and Chocolate jam (with east van roasters cocoa nibs)
  • Rockweld Farm – Wing special: buy one pkg, get one free
  • Shalefield Organic Gardens – Onions and winter squash for $1.50/lb

Extra Special New Years deals:

Estevan Tuna – 2015 Special: $2 BUCKS off any tuna loin, smoked included
Ildiko Jewelry – in the spirit of ‘New Year, New You’, I’d like to offer members $10 off any 3 pairs of earrings this Saturday. That’s a heckuva wardrobe boost!

Worried about food scraps in your garbage? For $2 a drop, the Food Scraps Drop Spot can take veggie scraps, paper, cooked foods, coffee grounds and more. We’re right beside the Info Booth. Check us out!

See you at the market!


Winter Market - Dec.20 Happy Holidays!

The Big Holiday Draw! It’s the last call to get your Big Holiday Draw tickets for your chance at 14 different prizes, including two grand prizes of $250 in market money! Get tickets online or stop by the info tent before 11:45am this Saturday to be entered in the draw. Join us for the draw; it will begin at 12pm near the info tent!

Leave your car at home when you come to the Winter Market this week and let the friendly folks at Modo give you a lift home. Stop by their tent to sign up for the rideshare and chat them up about Modo’s carsharing options.

Stock up at the market for holiday meals and seasonal entertaining, maybe even some last minute gifts too! How about winter squash, potatoes and brussels sprouts for the dinner table? Apples and pears for the homemade pies? How about beautiful handmade jewelry, soap and body care, and unique maple cutting boards for those last minute gifts?

For the market lover in your family we have great market merchandise! Check out our stylish canvas bags, linen tea towels and NEW this week, umbrellas (no need to be wet at the market anymore!) and snazzy travel mugs! Ask about our Market Money Gift Certificates that recently made The Globe and Mail’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide!

Don’t forget there is no market on December 27th! The market will resume its normal schedule January 3rd, 2015.

Happy Holidays!


Winter Market - Dec.13

With only two markets left before our holiday break, make sure to stop by the Winter Market for all your holiday needs. We have everything for your holiday meal, gift giving and we even have fir trees!

This week The Bees Knees Christmas Trees joins us at the Winter Market for one week only, bringing their beautiful trees from the Columbia Valley.  With Grand Fir, Noble Fir and Nordman Fir trees in tow, they’ll be able to help you decide which one is right for you and your home.

Now that your home is feeling festive, its time to start planning the big holiday meal. While there is still another week to sort out all the fixins’, make sure to order your Turkey this week for December 20th pick-ups!

If you’re the gift giving type there’s plenty to find at the market for that locavore on your list. We have everything from jewelry, soap, bath and skin care, textiles, chocolates, cordials, to honey, jams and jellies. We also have Vancouver Farmers Markets Canvas Bags, Tea Towels and market money gift certificates available at the information tent!

Don’t forget to buy your Big Holiday Draw raffle tickets for your chance to win 7 market money prizes and 7 amazing prize packages! Find your tickets at the market information tent or buy them online. The draw takes place next Saturday, December 20th!

See you at the market!