We celebrate farmers every time we have a meal and we’re sure you do too, but for one week, we’re taking our celebrations public and showing our appreciation for those who grow and harvest what we eat during Farmers Appreciation Week, September 8-15.
Markets around the province will be holding special events to honour farmers. Here’s a fun way you can get involved:
Province Wide Poetry Contest – Ode to A Farmer
The BC Association of Farmers Markets (BCAFM) invites British Columbians to submit their best farmer-inspired poem for a chance to win one of six great prizes to spend at their favourite BCAFM member market.
- The Grand Prize – $150
- 5x Regional winners – $50
- Winners will receive publicity through traditional and social media
- Submit poems online bit.ly/1tXzTdz or by mail until September 7th at 11:59pm
For more information, visit http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org
It’s the end of August and we have reached the peak season for peaches. If you haven’t picked up this delightful juicy fruit yet, don’t miss your chance!
At the market this week: we will see peaches, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, garlic, potatoes, herbs, cauliflower, artichokes, mushrooms, cheese, beef, fish and much more! Newly arriving the past couple weeks are…apples! We’re excited to start to see more varieties in September, keep an eye out for them.
New this week to Yaletown is Vista D’oro Farms & Winery bringing traditional hand-crafted wines! Ask Lee & Patrick how it all began for them in the Fraser Valley while having a taste of this truly unique wine.
Share with Your Neighbours: Thanks for your help so far – this is our last week left in our campaign to raise money to send low-income families and seniors to the farmers market. You can drop off your tokens at the Information Booth or donate online!
You’re invited: RIPE
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, 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://ripe2014.brownpapertickets.com
See you at the market!
This autumn at the Mt. Pleasant Market, shoppers will have the opportunity to watch live acupuncture demos and consult with Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yinstill Reproductive Wellness. As our 2014-15 Winter Market Sponsor, we’re excited to introduce the experienced team at Yinstill and their in-depth knowledge of health, nutrition, and lifestyle to the VFM community.
Catch Yinstill in their booth at Mt. Pleasant on the following dates: Aug 31, Sept 21, and Oct 12. They will also be onsite at the Winter Market on the first Saturday of the month from November – April: Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4.
Providing hope, tools, and resources for women and couples on their journey toward their dream of completing their family. Yinstill is British Columbia’s premier traditional Chinese reproductive medicine clinic specializing in natural integrated treatment and support for infertility (men and women), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and pregnancy. We understand how difficult infertility can be. It is our goal to help put our clients back in control of their lives, and work with them to determine their unique needs so we can offer the support and treatment options necessary to get pregnant and create a happy healthy family.
The heart of the social mission at Yinstill is a clean environment and clean food for our families and communities. Partnering with the Vancouver’s Farmers Markets is in true alignment with the core of Yinstill’s values. We counsel each client at length about the health benefits of eating the right foods and the importance of avoiding toxins in our environments such as pesticides so commonly used on commercially produced food.
Yinstill wants to give sincere gratitude for the local farmers and Vancouver markets for creating such great accessibility to amazing local foods and products! So glad to be a part of this movement.
Interested in becoming a VFM Sponsor? For more info, email Jen Candela at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on August 27th for the Main Street Station Farmers Market!
Your favorite growers, prepared food producers, wild foragers, butchers, bakers, bee keepers, local artisans and food trucks will be back from 3-7pm in Thornton Park!
Enjoy the peak of the season for peaches, apricots, plums, and prunes, and explore the apples and pears that are starting to appear in greater varieties. Peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, greens, beans, corn, sunchokes, tomatoes, fennel, zucchini, garlic, potatoes, turnips, sprouts, the beginnings of squash, fresh herbs, fish, eggs and much more will be offered by many of BC’s most awesome growers this week!
Share With Your Neighbours!
Join Vancouver Farmers Markets and the BCAFM in our quest to raise $6,600 for the farmers market nutrition coupon program. For the price of two lattes, you can help lower-income seniors and families purchase quality nutritious food at BC farmers markets. The program provides lower-income seniors and families who are enrolled in cooking and skill building programs with coupons each week to spend on fish, meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, cheese, nuts and fresh cut herbs at their local farmers market. By donating to the campaign, you can help build a healthier community with greater food security. Stop by the Info Booth and share the wealth this Wednesday!
Get your tickets for RIPE 2014! Sunday, October 19th, 4-pm-8pm – Roundhouse Community Centre. RIPE is our 5th Annual dinner celebration, showcasing Vancouver’s top culinary talent paired with the best of VFM producers. The evening Begins with a series of delicious appetizers, followed by a sit-down feast of market fare. Set against the elegant backdrop of the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, RIPE 2014 features signature cocktails, BC wines, and micro-brews, a silent auction, and live entertainment. Early Bird tickets are $65 before September 15th! To purchase tickets online click here.
See you at the market!
We love the photos that have been coming in to celebrate the ugly, but oh-so-delicious tomatoes at the farmers markets. The above photograph took a landslide of votes to win $20 of Market Money (we’ve all made a mental note to include a baby in our next entries into photo contests).
The above excellent specimen was at the Crisp Organics stall at Main St Station Farmers Market. It placed 2nd of all the #inglorioustomato contenders.
This molten lava tomato (that can’t be it’s actual name…) was found at the Trout Lake Farmers Market.
Sole Food Street Farms tied for third with their enormous, inglorious tomato – photographed twice!
We’ll have lots more inglorious tomatoes (and other gorgeous heirloom varieties) at the Trout Lake and Kitsilano Tomato Festivals this weekend.
See you at the markets!
Check out this week’s interactive market map for the full vendor list
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