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It Feels Better at a Farmers Market

Facebook Selfie Contest

  • Facebook Selfie Contest: http://www.facebook.com/bcafm
  • Entry phase: June 23 – July 7, 2014
  • Voting: July 7 – July 21, 2014
  • The BC-wide #FarmersMarketSelfie contest will serve as a showcase of the feel-good experiences people in BC are having at their Farmers’ Markets.
  • Selfie entries can be made between June 23 until July 7. All BC residents 18 years of age and older are eligible to enter.
  • How to enter: Snap a photo of yourself at any BC Farmers’ Market and submit it here:http://www.facebook.com/bcafm
  • Promote your selfie to get the most votes! The selfie that gets the most votes wins a Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit and $500 worth of delicious goods from your favourite BC Farmers’ Market.
  • Added incentive: Each week five random winners will be selected from five regions of BC. Each of these random winners will take home a Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit and $50 gift card to the BC Farmers’ Market of their choice.

Alcohol at Farmers Markets

On Saturday, June 21 at our Kerrisdale Farmers Market, Justice Minister Suzanne Anton announced that alcohol will now be able to be sampled and sold at farmers markets across BC.  This announcement was one of many recommendations made as part of the Liquor Guideline Review undertaken last year by the provincial government.

Opening the door to sales of liquor at farmers markets offers small-scale producers the chance to sample and sell their products to local consumers and receive instant feedback that can aid in product development and encourage business growth.

We are looking forward to being able to offer our shoppers the opportunity to purchase wine, beer, cider and spirits at our markets.  We are waiting to hear from the City of Vancouver for the directive to move ahead and hoping that it comes soon!

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Once the details have been worked out, you’ll see a few stalls selling BC wine, beer or spirits alongside the produce and the baking at a farmers market near you.

 


Donation Station Returns!

WE Donation Station photo

We saw the return of the DonationStation on June 14th! Donations this season will be going to the Dr. Peter Centre food and nutrition program. This program allows Vancouver’s most vulnerable citizens to receive healthy, wholesome meals to help with taking HIV medication and other treatments so they can better manage their illness and lead healthy lives.

The program provides a complete and nutrient-dense menu that includes balanced portions of meat or alternatives, vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and dairy products.  Any donation you can make is greatly appreciated, please consider filling a brown bag with fruit, vegetables, canned fish, nuts and eggs! Cash and market money are also accepted.  For more information about the Dr. Peter Centre – visit their website at www.drpeter.org.


We're gonna be 20...

…and you’re all invited to our birthday party!

  • When: Saturday, July 12, 9am-2pm (Speeches and cake around noon)
  • Where: Trout Lake Farmers Market (north parking lot of John Hendry Park)
  • Who: our founders, vendors, volunteers and you!

We’ll have all the best ingredients: good people, birthday cake and pictures from when we were young.

Here’s a few to get you started:

Helmers' Organic Potatoes
The Helmers before they had a double stall and grown children to run it
Arila Apiary
This almost looks like it could have been taken last week…
Stein Mountain Farm
That’s Nikiah (who runs Solstice Coffee) under his father Ron’s arm. Now he has his own baby!
Golda's Finest Foods
Classic shot of Richard hawking his gourmet pesto

See you there!


Shop with a Personal Chef at Kits

The chefs from Cooking Journeys are excited to be hosting a series of market tours throughout the summer at Kitsilano.

Luisa and Courtney will be your personal guides through the market, focusing on a different topic each month, to help you get the most out of your market experience. They’ll show you how to find the best products on offer, use them wisely, stretch your dollar and how to shop like a chef!

Tours run rain or shine at 11:30am. Come prepared with comfortable shoes and an umbrella if needed. Save a tree & don’t print your ticket – we’ll check you in at the Market Information Booth.

Find tickets on our Eventbrite page!

Tour Topics

May 25th – Market Shopping to Reduce Waste

It can seem tricky to shop locally and buy organically with the family food budget stretched more than ever these days. Reducing food waste is one way to make sure that you’re getting the most out of every dollar that you spend. Numbers show that we throw away a huge amount of food before we need to, wasting precious resources and filling up our landfills unnecessarily. Learn how to plan your menus and shop with an eye towards using every bit so that nothing goes to waste! Go home full of great ideas and with a list of steps you can take to keep food on the plate and not in the trash.

June 29th – Shopping for Meat & Fish

Shopping for animal proteins at the market can seem a bit daunting – unlike the grocery store, everything is frozen and you often have to ask the vendor for exactly what you want. Learn about different cuts and types of meat, how to transport and store it safely, and how to prepare your finds for best flavour and value. This year we’re rumoured to be in for a particularly good salmon run – this tour is perfectly timed to take advantage of our natural abundance of fabulous fish!

July 27th – Shopping and Cooking with Kids

The market is a fun place for kids – and it’s a great place to start getting them excited about food! Kids who know where their food comes from are more likely to make good food choices as they get older. The chefs will offer ideas and suggestions for bringing your kids to market without a hassle, what foods get kids excited about dinner time, and how to get kids involved in the kitchen so they’re inspired!

August 24th – Tomatoes!

August 24th is Tomato Fest at Kits – the whole market will be celebrating the terrific tomato! Along with our popular tomato displays and sampling, the chefs will teach you how to shop for the tastiest tomato, which varieties are best for which uses, and tips on how your bounty of tomatoes can be preserved to last throughout the year.

September 28th – Market Shopping on a Budget

We’re all watching our pennies these days and who better than a chef to help you make every dollar count? Learn how to get the best deals at the market and which foods give you the best bang for your buck. Farmers markets can fit into every budget – the chefs will show you how it’s done!

Meet the Chefs

Luisa Rios – Chef and owner, Cooking Journeys Personal Chef Service

The founder and owner of Vancouver-based personal chef service, Cooking Journeys, Luisa Rios is a professional chef, a graduate of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu Paris – Culinary Arts Institute and a member of the International Asso­ci­a­tion of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and the American Personal & Private Chef Asso­ci­a­tion (APPCA). Since opening Cooking Journeys in 2008, Luisa has cooked for prominent sports stars, Hollywood film directors, corporate CEOs – and families just like yours. Before becoming a personal chef, Luisa started her own cooking journey by working with some of the finest restaurants and caterers in the country, including Beckta Dining & Wine — named one of the Top 10 New Restau­rants in Canada.

Courtney Schwegel – Sous-Chef, Cooking Journeys Personal Chef Service

Courtney Schwegel joined the Cooking Journeys team in 2013 after grad­u­ating from the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver. Before coming to Cooking Journeys, Courtney apprenticed at Cibo Trattoria with Chef Neil Taylor and West under pastry chef Rhonda Viani, where she was able to expe­ri­ence both the sweet and savoury sides of fine dining. A firm believer that food is the best medicine for both our bodies and our souls, Courtney is also following her passion for delicious, healthy meals by pursuing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as a Reg­is­tered Holistic Nutritionist.