Market News

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!


Mount Pleasant Market- Sept 7th

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It’s Member Appreciation Day at Mount Pleasant Market!

Bring your Member Card for free Market Money transactions and 15% off all merchandise at the Info Tent (including these great Mount Pleasant canvas tote bags designed by local artist Jane Koo). Look for the rainbow “Member Special” signs posted at vendor stalls throughout the market to save! Not a member? Sign up online or at the Info Booth. Help us keep running farmers markets in Vancouver neighbourhoods.

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.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.

Share with Your Neighbours campaign: Thanks to your generosity, we’re sending low-income families and seniors to the market with $1674.70! Thanks everyone!

RIPE 2014: VFM annual dinner fundraiser is coming up soon! RIPE is a family-style celebration of seasonal food that showcases the best of BC farmers paired with Vancouver’s top farm-to-table chefs at Edible Canada, Forage, and Vij’s Rangoli. RIPE will also feature our new breweries, distilleries and wineries. Get more information and your tickets here and buy before Sept 15th and save $10!

See you Sunday! 🙂

 


Instagram Contest - #ThankaBCFarmer

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The best way to thank BC’s farmers for their hard work is to make a delicious meal and enjoy the fruits of their labour.  We’re asking you to take a photo of a delicious meal you made with market ingredients and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ThankaBCFarmer To sweeten the deal, how about $50 in market money to spend at your favourite Vancouver Farmers Market location (with any vendor).

Contest closes Monday, September 15 at 5pm so be quick and be sure to “Thank a BC Farmer” in real life too!

Instagram: @vanmarkets

#BCFarmerWeek


Trout Lake - Sept 6

It’s canning season! We’ve been trollying boxes of tomatoes, peaches and cucumbers for the past couple weeks, not to mention fragrant bunches of dill, the beginnings of apples and onset of winter squash! This season is what farmers markets were made for. Got a heavy load? Ask at the Info Booth about our Grocery Valet service.

Don’t miss these vendors:

  • Bedrock Farms: Mary only comes once a year and this is her last! Mary says: “Beginning with this rocambole type of garlic in 1973, I have enjoyed sharing the bulb of premium-flavor & health-giving qualities with many. I happily pass the garlic torch onto the younger generation of farmers as this season ends. It also behooves me to encourage & wish backyard gardeners to grow their own too.”
  • Bamboletta Dolls: Christina and her team of entrepreneurial moms handcraft dolls with all-natural materials and a whole lot of love!
  • Maison Cote: JP has some of the most flavourful vinegars, salts, seasonings and rubs you’ll find on the West Coast. Perfect for a gourmet BBQ!

Check out some of this week’s member specials:

  • Applebarn – $1 off 2 containers of Tomatoes, $1 off Eggplant Challenge
  • Blue Comet Seafood – 10% off Sockeye Salmon Filets, $20 Whole Fresh Sockeye Salmon
  • Farmer Koo – 2 Winter Pansy Packs for $6, reg. $7
  • Poplar Grove Hazelnuts – $1 off Large Organic Hazelnut Spread, one per customer
  • Purebread – 50 cents off any Loaf of Bread
  • Small Pleasures – $1 off Large Cake Loaves and 50 cents off Small Cake Loaves
  • Wenger Sheep Farm – 10% off Lamb Leg Roast, bone in

Not a member? Sign up online or at the Info Booth. You can help us keep running farmers markets in Vancouver neighbourhoos!

Share with Your Neighbours: Thanks to your generosity, we’re sending low-income families and seniors to the market with $1674.70. Thanks again for your support!

Farmers Appreciation Week is back and we’ve got contests!

  • Ode to a Farmer: Celebrate our local farmers by submitting your best Ode to A Farmer by Sept 7 for a chance to win $150 to spend at the farmers’ market. Contest details
  • #ThankaBCFarmer: Make something delicious with produce, meat or dairy products picked up at a BC farmers market. Tag photos #ThankaBCFarmer and you could win $50 to spend at any VFM Farmers Market. Contest Deadline: Monday, Sept 15

See you at the market!


 

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

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Kerrisdale - September 6th

The weather forecast looks great for Saturday – we’re celebrating Seniors Day at the Market!

Seniors will receive great discounts on the best in local produce, baking, artisan crafts, local wine & spirits, and treats of all kinds. We’ll also be hosting free health events for seniors and all shoppers.

Throughout the day registered nurses from the BC Nurses’ Union will offer free blood pressure & blood sugar screenings, and offer guidance for follow-up. The Noble Hearing Institute will also be on-site offering free hearing screenings and free hearing aid testing & cleaning with Dr. Rahim Ghanbari. Registered dietitian Ellie Holmes will be at the market between 11am & 1pm offering free nutritional advice.

Lucky for us, Seniors Day coincides with the Kerrisdale Days celebrations that will be taking place on Friday & Saturday, September 5-6.

If those aren’t enough reasons to shop at the market this Saturday it’s also MAD – Member Appreciation Day. Your Vancouver Farmers Market membership entitles you to vendor discounts plus discounts on VFM merchandise and we waive the $2 transaction fee when purchasing market money

Market Manager Ron’s Pick of the Week:

Agassiz-based The Farm House Natural Cheeses returns this week with their wide selection of yogurt and cheese from pasture-fed cows. Their small family dairy farm is located in the lush Fraser Valley, where cows and goats graze grass fields and produce top quality milk – the key ingredient to good cheese. In these fast- moving times of global markets and industrial food production, it is The Farm House’s wish to nurture and preserve the increasingly – threatened values and traditions of the family farm.

Vendor Hightlights:

For baked goods we have Whistler’s Purebread, which will be right next to the Market Cafe and Mogiana Brazillian coffee.

In the meat and eggs departments we have Rockweld Farm for eggs and chicken, Capella Farm for free range eggs and Chef’s Natural Sausage with a tasty array of locally-made sausage.

We have two liquor vendors this week with Odd Society Spirits and BC Wine Studio. You’ll want to drop by for samples of these handcrafted products. Be sure to ask Mark of BC Wine about his market food and wine pairing of the day.

We’d like to congratulate Plenty Wild Farm for recently being certified as Third Year Transitional Organic! The organic certification process is not always easy but definitely worth all the time and effort. Check them out every week at Kerrisdale along with our other certified organic growers, Crisp Organics and Forrest Nelson Organic Farm.

Make sure you wear your sunscreen  – we hope to see you down here for Kerrisdale Days and our Senior’s Day celebrations!


Check out our interactive market map for a full vendor list.