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Great food + Good Karma = RIPE 2014

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How better to enjoy great food with a good conscious then to  pair Vancouver’s  socially conscious Forage restaurant with  the revolutionary VFM vendor Sole Food Street Farms.

Forage restaurant loves creating community and quality farm to table fare to share:

“Forage means that we no longer seek out excess and indulgence, but instead revisit a time when we respected the land and oceans and took only what we needed to survive. It is about being stewards of our land and true conservationists, as we conduct our business and live our lives. It is about goodness, about taking care of each other, and bringing together our community over good food. “—Chris Whittaker, Head Chef – Forage

Solefood transforms empty urban land into productive urban farms and empowers individuals with limited resources by providing employment, education and the opportunity to be part of a  community of farmers- a revolutionary approach to sustenance.

We can’t wait to share the good karma and great appetizer this pair will create for RIPE 2014.

RIPE 2014 is the 5th annual dinner fundraiser of Vancouver Farmers Markets. Early bird tickets are $65 before September 15th. After September 15th, tickets are $75 for adults and $15 for children. 

 

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Kerrisdale - September 13

Harvest Days are here in BC and farmers are telling us that they’re expecting a bumper crop of fall produce this year!

What’s Fresh

Speaking of things bountiful, The Mushroom Man Scott Henderson will be bringing no less than 30lbs of freshly picked chanterelle mushrooms from Tofino to the market!

This week we welcome back The Artisan SakeMaker. Masa Shiroki returns with his handmade sake created in his Granville Island-based sake winery. Come early because he sold out of some products at his first visit.

Great Himalaya Foods returns with their authentic Tibetan staple products, which are simple, nutritious and made with compassion and a deep respect for nature. You can sample their different varieties of tsampa at the market this Saturday.

What’s Sweet

For baking and baked treats we’ve got A Bread Affair plus Sweet Thea. World-class pastry chef for the renowned Sooke Harbour House and the Vancouver Club, Thea’s creations are both delicious and beautiful. Try the lemon tart. Wow!

Kerrisdale is for Winners

We’d like to congratulate Lily Lau on winning $50 in market money this past Saturday, September 6th! Lucky winner Lily entered our second, free draw of the season.

We’ve got two organic produce vendors plus craft and specialty vendors every week as well so put on your sunscreen, grab a coffee and head down to the market on what promises to be another gorgeous late summer day!

See you at the market!


See our interactive market map for a full vendor listing.


Yaletown - September 11

September may just be the best month at the farmers market. It’s a great time to stock up on lots of goodies to can and have around for the winter season ahead. It’s also the time our fall favourites start to arrive like apples, pears and winter squash! Not to mention all the beautiful colours! Why do you love the market in September?

DON’T MISS THESE VENDORS:

Blackwood Lane Winery – dedicated to producing the highest quality wines in BC. All wines are handcrafted using only fresh new French barrels and aged extensively to produce wines that are winning accolades nationally and internationally.

Fable Naturals – fair trade certified bath and body products made in Vancouver. From organic lip balms, to sugar scrubs, you can feel good about putting these products on your skin.

Field to Fork Herbs – growing culinary herbs in Maple Ridge and Coquitlam as well making herb-flavoured breadsticks, kale chips, herb-infused wine vinegars and herb-scented soaps.

French Made Baking – specializing in French Macarons, Canelés de Bordeaux, croissants and more!

FARMER APPRECIATION WEEK

In honour of Farmers Appreciation week Sept 8-15, we’re celebrating BC Farmers and showing our appreciation for the fresh, local food they provide with a contest!

Instagram Contest: We’re giving away $50 to spend at any VFM market. Snap a pic of some delicious food made with market ingredients, give a shout out to the farm or producer who supplied those ingredients & tag it #thankabcfarmer. While you’re at it, thank a farmer in real life too! Contest closes: Monday, Sept 15 at 5pm.

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.

Tickets are available online with Early Bird pricing for tickets purchased before September 15th. For information visit: http://eatlocal.org/ripe2014/

See you at the market!


Edible Feast for RIPE 2014

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RIPE 2014 is shaping up to be a tasty treat with chefs like Tyler Dallner and Nik Bunting, from Edible Canada, preparing a farm to table feast for the main course. Based on Edible Canada’s philosophy of supporting Canada’s finest artisans, farmers, brewers and foragers from Coast to Coast, Tyler and Nik will work with select Vancouver Famers Market vendors to prepare a farm fresh family style meal for RIPE 2014 attendees.

“Chef Tyler believes it takes love, hard work and careful attention to detail in order to make food taste exceptional and it shows in every dish he creates. Growing up, his mother would make wonderful meals around the dinner table each night. This family tradition inspired him from the beginning to value the whole experience of food from the garden to the table, and nurtured his passion for sharing this love of food among family and friends. Tyler is a strong believer in sustainable farming and getting back to the way we used to know food. Ancient farming techniques and foraging are evermore present in Tyler’s everyday interests.” – See more at: http://www.ediblecanada.com/about/team/#sthash.A5bjPToE.dpuf

The VFM crew are looking forward to what promises to be a scrumptious meal- what about you? Stay tuned for more updates on what and who to expect for this year’s VFM annual feast and fundraising dinner- #RIPE2014.

Sunday, October 19th 4-8pm

Round House Community Centre

Early bird ticket price $65 available until Sept. 15th.

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Main St. Station - September 10

Get some local flavour at the Main St. Station Farmers Market on Wednesday September 10th, from 3-7pm in Thornton Park!

Fall is here and so are your fall favorites. Squash, kale, cabbage, carrots, beets, and potatoes will be available in abundance! Apples, pears, and other fall delights will roll into the market this week from the Okanagan, and other enchanted BC orchards.

Don’t miss out on the BC organic grass fed beef and lamb, sustainable Ocean Wise fish, and free-range eggs at the market this week. Wild mushrooms and other foraged delights, authentic French Canadian style savory pies, vegan pate, artisanal cheese, breads, scones and pastries will all be at your epicurean fingertips too!

Tomatoes, zucchini and many summer vegetables and fruits will still be available from the awesome BC growers at the Main St. Station Farmers Market. Also, look for artisanal chocolate, fresh cut flowers, handmade jewelry, original art cards, mouth watering food trucks, tips and advice from The Master Gardeners, and more!

RIPE 2014 is coming! Get your early bird tickets at Main Street!

Early bird tickets are only available until September 15th. Purchase your tickets from our charming crew at the Info Booth or online by September 15th and save $10!

RIPE 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 will feature signature cocktails, micro-brews, BC wines, live entertainment and a silent auction.

See you on Wednesday at Thornton Park!