Market News

Main St. Station - September 24

Join us September 24th at the Main St. Station Farmers Market in Thornton Park from 3-7pm!

The Main St. Station Farmers Market will have an awesome variety of vendors this week. On Wednesday you will find ocean wise fish, certified organic grass fed beef and lamb, artisanal cheese, authentic French Canadian pies, sprouts, preserves, vegan terrine style pate, bread and pastry, irresistible handmade chocolate, cosmetics, fresh cut flowers, crafts, food carts, buskers and more!

Your fall favorites will be at Main St. in even greater abundance. Look for, leeks, peppers, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, potatoes, garlic, fresh herbs, greens, wild mushrooms, shallots, onions, and more varieties of squash, apples and pears, from BC’s finest growers!

Don’t miss the Pro-Am competition at Main St. Station!

Here’s your chance to compete head–to–head alongside a couple of the most reputable chefs in town. Chef Alvin Pilay of the Blackbird Public House and Oyster Bar and Chef Nathan Lowey of Campagnolo are inviting aspiring chefs to partner with them in a friendly Pro-Am competition at the Main St. Station Farmers Market on September 24th.

To enter for a chance to join either Team Pillay or Team Lowey, submit an image featuring a dish you’ve created using local ingredients along with why you want to compete on social media using the hashtag #VFMProAm . The deadline to enter is Monday, September 22nd, and Alvin and Nathan will make final selections.

The winner will receive $50 gift certificates to both Blackbird and Campagnolo restaurants.

Japanese Food As Medicine Tour

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Carmen Tanaka will be back at Main Street this week with two activities. At 4:30 pm, meet at the Info Booth for a market tour, and learn to incorporate local veggies into Japanese style dishes. Also make sure to stop by her demo table and be inspired by the many ways to prepare kabocha – Japanese squash!

RIPE 2014 is getting closer!

RIPE 2014 is Vancouver Farmers Markets annual dinner celebration, showcasing Vancouver’s top culinary talent, paired with the best of VFM producers. Appetizers and a sit down feast of market-fare will take place at the elegant Roundhouse Exhibition Hall on Sunday, October 19th from 4-8pm. RIPE 2014 will feature signature cocktails, micro-brews, BC wines, live entertainment and a silent auction. Get your tickets from our charming crew at the Info Booth or here!

September is survey month at Vancouver Farmers Markets. Stop by our Survey Booth and let us know what you think!

See you at the market!


Good Food begins with Good Ingredients- RIPE 2014

cropthorne farm

“Good food begins with good ingredients” is the common mantra of RIPE 2014 pairing Graze restaurant and Cropthorne Farm. Coming together to provide an appetizer for the 5th annual VFM fall dinner fundraiser, this team is sure to tantalize our taste buds with their philosophy of providing nutritious and delicious dishes.

“Chef Karen McAthy’s dishes are culinary creative, nutritionally balanced and simply delicious!”

Graze’s commitment to locally produced ingredients and sustainability goes beyond providing delicious meals based on fresh organic plant based ingredients. They strive to grow their own herbs and vegetables, harvest their rainwater and compost their kitchen waste- reducing, reusing and recycling where they can. Good food from a good place.

Cropthorne Farms’ dynamic sister team Lydia and Rachel Ryall, have built their business and their life on providing “good honest food”. As a regular VFM vendor they see farmers markets as being an opportunity to interact with their customers, talk about their produce and answer questions about their growing practices.

“Providing nourishing healthy food is good for the land, our family,our staff and our customer.” Lydia Ryall

We know that Lydia and Rachel will provide the “the best ingredients” it takes for Graze to create “the best food”. Join us at RIPE 2014 to taste what this this fabulous team creates as a tempting appetizer. Tickets are available at the VFM info booth or online.

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West End - September 20

Join us Saturday from 9-2pm at Nelson Park for the best of local food and craft! Looks like we’ll be lucky enough to get a great day filled with sunshine!

West End Food Festival – Sept. 18-22

As part of the West End Food Festival we are hosting Farmers Market Tours this week at the market! Tours will be lead by local nutritionist Lisa Halliwell and West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert. Learn about the health benefits and environmental impact of buying locally produced food. Scavenger hunt and prizes included in every tour!

VFM’s First-Ever ProAm Competition

Here’s your chance to compete head-to-head alongside a couple of the most reputable chefs in town. Chef Alvin Pillay of the Blackbird Public House and Oyster Bar and Chef Nathan Lowey of Campagnolo are inviting aspiring chefs to partner with them in a friendly pro-am competition at the Main Street Station Farmers Market on September 24.

To enter for a chance to join either Team Pillay or Team Lowey, tell us what your signature dish is and which team you’d join with the hashtag  #VFMProAm. Deadline to enter is Monday, September 22 and final selections will be made by Alvin and Nathan.

The winner will receive $50 gift certificates to both the Blackbird and Campagnolo restaurants.

You’re Invited: RIPE 2014

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. (More information)

Survey September

This month, 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 dot survey every week and put in your two cents! See you at the market!

See you at the market!

Mount Pleasant Market-Sept 21st


Looks like it will be another beautiful day at your market!

*There is plenty of colourful and delicious produce to be had right now: Sole Food Farms cherry tomatoes and tomatillos may be small but they are bursting with flavour!  Have you tried a squash from Plenty Wild Farm? Great just with butter or in a soup. And don’t forget to pick up some kale from Crisp Organics, they make the perfect kale chips!

*Warmerdam Speciality Daffodils grow over 120 varieties of peonies, irises and garlic and they will be bringing some to the market for the first time this season.

*Be sure to stop by and meet our sponsor Yinstill Reproductive Wellness. Watch a live acupuncture demo or consult with the experienced team of doctors of traditional chinese medicine.

*Jamaica Blue Coffee, Culver City Salads and  Super Thai Food will be there too!


*RIPE 2014 Dinner Celebration is coming up quickly, so be sure to pick up your tickets for our annual fundraiser!  This family style meal showcases the best of our producers paired with Vancouver’s top farm-to-table restaurants, and signature cocktails from our new breweries, wineries and distilleries. Pick up your tickets at the info both or online!

September is survey month at the Farmers Market…and we want to know what you think! Be sure to stop by the info booth and fill out our questions of the week.

See you on Sunday!

Trout Lake - Sept 20

It’s Organic Week! Trout Lake has the most organic farmers of all of the Vancouver Farmers Markets. This is where it all began 20 years ago and where many of them still keep on coming, week after week, bringing you certified organic, sustainably grown delicious food. Want to learn more about why organic farming is still important? Check this out

Or just talk to these intrepid farmers:

Stoney Paradise | Organic Farm Connection | Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm | Lowland Herb Farm | Sapo Bravo Organics | Shalefield Organic Gardens | Helmer Organic Farm | Klippers Organic Acres | Langley Organic Growers | Harvey’s Orchards & Snowy Mtn Organics | Forrest Nelson Certified Organic Produce | Stein Mountain Farm | Golden West Farms | Specialty Mushroom Growers Coop | Soban Organic Farm at Yarrow Ecovillage | Apple Lane Orchards

That’s right – Apple Lane Orchards! Rod from Denman Island is coming tomorrow with his heritage apples – we missed him last year, but he tells us this is a bumper crop season. If you’ve never tried his apples, make sure to grab a sample. You’ll walk out with a crate, we promise.

Upcoming Events:

#ProAm Competition at Main Street Station – Sept 24

#RIPE2014 at Roundhouse Community Center – October 19

See you at the market!

p.s. If you came last week and missed our ‘chain’ to lock up your bike – we now have temporary event bike racks!

Check out this week’s interactive market map for the full vendor list

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