Market News

West End - October 11

We only have two weekends left at the West End Farmers Market and we have a lot lined up for them both.

Make sure to stop by the market to pick up all your Thanksgiving fixins! We’ll have everything for your big holiday meal from meat, cheese, bread, fruits and vegetables to sweets, pies and gifts that are sure impress.

Also, this Saturday is our last Donation Station day where we’re collecting cash and food donations for the Dr. Peter Centre food and nutrition program.  Please find a little extra this week to give.

Harvest Festival – Oct 18!

Everything squash, apples and pears! Recipes, information, cooking tips and a Pie Competition!

BC Fall-Fruit Pie Competition – we’re putting out an All Points Bulletin for the best pie bakers in the city.  Bring us your Fall Fruit Pies and you may be rewarded with the big win at our annual Harvest Festival. Open to amateur and professional bakers of all ages! The entry deadline is October 16th.

RIPE 2014 – Oct 19!

The 2014 RIPE Dinner Celebration is shaping up to be our best one yet. As VFM’s signature fundraiser, RIPE pairs farm-to-table chefs and restaurants with our farmers and producers to bring Vancouver an amazing evening of local food.

Tickets are available online! (Almost sold out!)

Winter Markets!

We’ve got two winter markets for you this year: Hastings Park Winter Market at the PNEwhich started last Sunday and the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium starting November 1.

See you at the market!


West End - October 4

We’ve only got three more weeks left at the West End! Be sure to stop by the market for all your Thanksgiving needs and enjoy the bountiful harvest this fall.

We’re celebrating the harvest with the last Member Appreciation Day (MAD) at the West End this season! Don’t forget to bring your membership card!

Here are just a few of the specials you can look forward to:

  • Blue Comet Seafood – 10% off Ocean Caught-Frozen at Sea Sockeye Salmon fillets and Whole Fish
  • Cropthorne Farm – $1.50/lb (reg. $2) for Organic Winter Squash
  • Gelderman Farms – Buy One Get One Free Spareribs
  • Scentimental Creations – Spend $50 and receive a Guest Bar Soap
  • Trudy Ann’s Chai – Any two of Trudy Ann’s loose tea blends for $9.00 (save $1.00)

Fall Fair at Mt Pleasant – Oct 5!

Celebrate the best of fall produce, food trucks, yummy treats and more! Applebarn Pumpkin Farm is making a rare fall appearance with a giant pumpkin crate and many vendors are offering extra specials! We’ll have bean bag toss & pumpkin painting. If you bring a garden veggie or carved pumpkin for display, we’ll even give you $2 off a hot apple cider or pumpkin spice latte!

Harvest Festival – Oct 18!

Attention Pie Bakers – we’re putting out an All Points Bulletin for the best pie bakers in the city. Bring us your Fall Fruit Pies and you may be rewarded with the big win.

RIPE 2014 – Oct 19!

Sunday, October 19 – Roundhouse Community Centre

Tickets are available online! (almost sold out!)

Winter Markets!

We’ve got two winter markets for you this year: Hastings Park Winter Market at the PNE starting this Sunday, October 5 and the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium starting November 1.

See you at the market!


Good Food, Happy Family @ RIPE 2014

 

 

photo: Joey Armstrong
photo: Joey Armstrong

When Vij’s Rangoli partners with Crisp Organics to create their RIPE 2014 appetizer, they will be united in their desire to bring good food to the family table and a belief that centering a meal around fresh ingredients will result in a great tasting healthy meal and happy people.

In 2010 the Arkesteyn-Vogler family purchased 11 acres in Abbotsford. Focused on sustainability and growing organically, they are committed to reducing pollution that enters the soil, streams, and air. The family enjoys the challenge, both mental and physical, and the way it keeps them on their toes. As a VFM vendor, Crisp Organics appreciates the ability to grow a wide variety of crops and the to provide the freshest produce possible to the consumer. As Andrew  Arkesteyn-Vogler explains “We strive to serve the local food culture through growing the best tasting vegetable varieties and ensuring customers receive only the freshest produce possible, preferably picked the day of delivery.”

Meeru Dhalwala, of Vij’s Rangoli, grew up in Washington DC in the 70’s. She fondly recalls, long before the rise of urban markets, that every Saturday morning the family would drive 45 minutes to buy the freshest produce and meat at the market. It was a family outing that would culminate with a wonderful family meal at the end of the day. It was here, that Meeru learned the value of fresh produce. That value is the basis for Meeru’s delicious meals today, “No labels or trends, just delicious raw foods to cook delicious cooked foods or make salads.  I hope that, in an age when we are becoming more intellectual and rhapsodical, and less emotional, about our food, I am still providing the family comfort of a fresh tasting and very emotional meal “.

We can barely contain our anticipation of the wonderful creation this dynamic duo will create for RIPE 2014. Tickets are selling quickly so be sure to act quickly if you want to join us for RIPE 2014.

 

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Trout Lake - Oct 4

We’re nearing the end of Trout Lake; three more weeks until closing day on October 18. Fall is ripe with harvest-y goodness, though, so make sure to make the most of these three weeks before they’re gone!

Member Specials this week:

  • Chilitank – Frozen Chili Special – 1 for $10, 2 for $19, or 3 for $25
  • Culver City Salads – Free cookie with purchase of any meal
  • Cranberry Meadows – .50 cents off Small Basket, and $1 off Large Basket of Cranberries
  • Estevan Tuna – $1 off any vacuum packed Tuna, any flavour
  • Fresh Off the Boat Seafoods – 10% off Sashimi Grade Salmon from this Summer’s huge Salmon Run!
  • Frostbites – .50 cents off Any Cordial
  • Ildiko Jewelery – $5 off Any Pair of Earrings
  • Jennifer’s Jiffies – Any Grain Salad Mix for $6
  • Sleeping Mtn. Organic Farms – .50 cents off per lb. when you reserve your Thanksgiving turkey this weekend

Fall Fair at Mt Pleasant – Oct 5: Celebrate the best of fall produce, food trucks, yummy treats and more! Applebarn Pumpkin Farm is making a rare fall appearance with a giant pumpkin crate and many vendors are offering extra specials! We’ll have bean bag toss & pumpkin painting. If you bring a garden veggie or carved pumpkin for display, we’ll even give you $2 off a hot apple cider or pumpkin spice latte!

Other dates to keep in mind:

See you at the markets!


Yaletown - October 2 Last Day!!

Its the last Yaletown market of the season – can you believe it!? Summer has flown by and we are already heading into the winter season. We’ve got two winter markets for you this year: Hastings Park Winter Market at the PNE starting this Sunday, October 5 and the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium starting November 1.

We’re celebrating our last market with Member Appreciation Day (MAD)! Don’t forget to bring your membership card! Not a member yet? Stop by our red Info Booth in the Bill Curtis Square to learn about all the benefits and to sign up – it’s quick and easy! Or you can sign up online! Don’t forget to ask your favourite vendors what their member specials are! Here are just a few of the specials you can look forward to:

  • Beyond Bread – $2 off Any Loaf of Bread
  • Blue Comet Seafood – 10% off Ocean Caught-Frozen at Sea Sockeye Salmon fillets and Whole Fish
  • Cranberry Meadows – .50 cents off Small Basket, and $1 off Large Basket of Cranberries
  • Cropthorne Farm – $1.50/lb (reg. $2) for Organic Winter Squash
  • Frostbites – .50 cents off Any Cordial
  • Ildiko Jewelry – $5 off Any Pair of Earrings
  • The Jam Ladies – $1 off 2nd jar of Jam, Marmalade, or Hot Pepper Jelly

RIPE 2014 is less than a month away!

Sunday, October 19 – Roundhouse Community Centre

RIPE is VFM’s annual dinner fundraiser, a true celebration of the harvest that showcases the best of our producers paired with Vancouver’s top farm-to-table restaurants. We are thrilled to announce the 2014 roster to date, which includes Edible Canada, Vij’s Rangoli, Graze, and Forage, along with signature cocktails by VFM vendors Long Table Distillery and Odd Society Spirits, a special RIPE cask from R & B Brewery, and Okanagan wines from BC Wine Studio. Tickets are available online!

Last week of Surveys!

We’re asking our shoppers to share a little about who they are, what they care about, and how we can make the farmers markets better. Stop by our  final dot survey this week and put in your two cents!

See you at the market!