Market News

Winter Market - Nov 1

We’re back! The Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey starts this week and will carry us through the cold, wet winter months through to spring again. We’ve heard that it’s not winter yet, though – there will be plenty of locally grown peppers, tomatoes, berries and greens on Saturday!

Don’t miss these vendors (they’re only around for a few weeks):

  • Apple Lane Orchards: Rod brings specialty, heritage and cider varieties of apples along with his addictive juice and apple chips
  • Stein Mountain Farms: Besides unbeatable carrots and onions, Ron and Erin also have a wide variety of heirloom apples – ask for some samples!
  • Fruitguy farms: You might as well make an apple tour – check out Michael’s varieties of juices, chips and orchard fruits and tell us which you like the best…

The ‘other’ Winter Market: Have you heard? We’ve opened a trial market – Hastings Park Winter Market at the PNE on Sundays, 10-2 until November 30. If you can’t make it on Saturday (or you live across the bridge), check it out! A lot of the same vendors plus new favourites.

See you at the market!


Trout Lake - Oct 18

It’s the last week of Trout Lake – thank you for such a wonderful season. We’ve had excellent weather, delicious produce and great company for the last 24 weeks. After this weekend, we’ll have one Saturday off (but Hastings Park is open at the PNE on Sunday) and then we move to the Winter Market at Nat Bailey on November 1st. Many of the vendors from Trout Lake move to the Winter Market, however, this week is your last chance this year to see these vendors:

Goat’s Pride Dairy at McLennan Creek | The Poplar Studio | Paul’s Produce | Don Asperin | Albert’s Herbs & Nursery | Stoney Paradise | Farmer Koo

Don’t miss these vendors:

  • Beyond Bread: This fledgling bakery from Kitsilano is stepping in while Chris from Rise puts the finishing touches on his new bakery – Batard. Make sure to check out their breads and pastries. They’ll be at Nat Bailey too!
  • Water Witch Herbs: Mary Ann has wild harvested teas and a lot of knowledge to share.
  • Maritime Blues: Daphne is finishing her last weekend with Vancouver Farmers Markets before she moves to the island. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

See you at the market!


West End - October 18

Saturday is our final market in the West End this season!

On behalf of the market staff, crew and vendors we want to say THANK YOU to everyone for your support this season. Your support keeps 16,250 acres of farm and ranchland in production each year!

Harvest Festival!

Join us at our annual Harvest Festival, this Saturday, as we celebrate the bountiful fall season and another successful summer market in the West End. Everything squash, apples and pears! Recipes, information, cooking tips and a Pie Competition!

BC Fall-Fruit Pie Competition

Bring us your Fall Fruit Pies and you may be rewarded with the big win. Open to amateur and professional bakers of all ages! The entry deadline is today, October 16th. Click here for the entry form.

Apple & Squash Display

How many different apple & squash varieties can you find at the market? The number of varieties you can find at the markets might just surprise you.

Seasonal Recipes

Look for the orange recipe pads around the market. Everything apples, pears, squash, onion, cauliflower, pumpkin and hazelnuts! Pick up some free recipes and then find the ingredients at the market!

Kids’ Activities & Trivia

We’ll have a pumpkin beanbag toss and market bingo for all to play. Try the mini challenge, small challenge, big challenge and the super challenge for your chance to win!

Pay $2 and guess the weight of the big ole squash! You’ll have a chance at a market prize pack. (and bragging rights!!)

Our friends from Farm Folk City Folk will be at the Food Scraps Drop Spot with trivia, fun & prizes! Learn how you can preserve your harvest and reduce your food waste.

Winter Markets!

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

See you at the market!


Mount Pleasant Market-Oct 12th

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It’s the final Mt Pleasant Market of the season!  

On behalf of the staff and crew, we would like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone for coming out rain or shine to support our local farmers!

This Sunday you can find all the trimmings for your Thanksgiving feast. Oodles of veggies-squashes and pumpkins all sizes and colours, carrots, mushrooms and potatoes. Also bread, cheeses and loads of treats for appies and desserts!

We are selling our popular “Mt Pleasant Market” canvas tote bags for only $12 (tax included) this Sunday too! It’s your last chance to pick one up this year.

Our market may be ending for the the season, but the fun continues:

 *The West End Farmers Market Harvest Festival on October 18th. You can get all the details online about how you can enter the fruit pie competition, the squash display and activities for kids. Celebrate the bounty of the season at the West End Farmers Market Harvest Festival.

*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.

*We have TWO winter markets now! Hastings Park Winter Market at the PNE which started last Sunday and the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium starting November 1.

See you on Sunday!

 


Trout Lake - Oct 11

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is so much at the market for Thanksgiving. We’ll have everything for your big holiday meal from meat, cheese, bread, fruits and vegetables to sweets and pies for dessert!

Don’t miss these vendors:

  • Crisp Organics: These guys only come in the shoulder months, bringing organic kale & collards, squash and more from the Fraser Valley
  • Wild Foraged: Stephanie stops by every now and then with wild things like pine mushrooms and chanterelles
  • Beckmann Berry Farm: Believe it or not, there are still strawberries at the market – and Beckmann’s got them. They’ve usually got some frozen berries (saved summer goodness) too!

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.

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

See you at the market!