Market News

West End - July 12

Summer is here! Last week we saw the first apricots of the season and this Saturday we’ll see the first peaches arrive at the market! Not to mention all the other great summer foods that have arrived over the past weeks including blueberries, field cucumbers, cherries, beets, carrots and potatoes.

Some vendors to check out this week:

  • Sull Farms – returning for the first time this season we welcome back Sull Farms. If your looking for berries you wont miss them! They’ll have blackberries, blueberries & raspberries, perfect to eat on their own or in a pie!
  • Rootables – Looking for a great snack to take to the beach with you? Stop by Rootables and try a sample of their kettle cooked root vegetable or white truffle potato chips.
  • Ragged Designs – jewelry inspired by nature! Stop by and take a look at earrings, pedants and rings – these beautiful pieces make the perfect gift, even if it’s for you!

Donation Station – the donation station is back this week. We are collecting donations for the Dr. Peter Centre food and nutrition program. This program allows Vancouver’s most vulnerable citizens to receive healthy, wholesome meals to help with taking HIV medication and other treatments so they can better manage their illness and lead healthy lives.

#BerryFest at Main Street – July 16: Do you make a good berry pie? The West End Farmers Market is the perfect place to pick up berries for your pie entry. Find more details here!

Food Scraps Drop Spot – Don’t forget to bring your food scraps to the market and drop them at the drop spot before you do your weekly shop! This by donation program has diverted over 265,000 lbs of food scraps from the landfill! Find out more here.

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Trout Lake - July 12

Oh, summer has arrived! Farmers are bringing in blueberries, field cucumbers, apricots, peaches, cherries, beets, carrots and potatoes on top of all the mixed greens, chard and sprouts that keep us going through the spring. Here are a few vendors you don’t want to miss at Trout Lake:

  • Empire Valley Beef: Joyce comes down only once a month with her pasture-raised, grass-fed beef. Don’t miss this opportunity to try some!
  • Saltwest Naturals: New to Trout Lake, Jeff and Jessica harvest salt from the Salish Sea west of Vancouver Island and infuse them with fresh organic ingredients
  • Sweet Thea Cakes:  Got a sweet tooth? This bakery specializes in pies, tarts and cookies – the sweeter, the better!

Berry Fest at Main Street – July 16: Trout Lake is the perfect market to pick up berries for your pie entry. Find more details here!

Trout Lake Birthday Bash – July 19: Do you have pictures or memories from the last 20 years? Bring them to the market next week! We’re celebrating our birthday with cake, music and good people! More details here…


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Kerrisdale - July 12th

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Sull Farms, Guichon Farm and G&D Growers will be bringing raspberries this week! Enjoy these tasty summertime gems as they are or buy a bunch for making jam.

Kerrisdale favourite Jobst-Hof Farm finally returns to Kerrisdale for the season laden with tree fruit extraordinaire from Oyama.

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We’re expecting royalty at this Saturday’s market! Her Majesty’s Pie Company and The Granola King will honour us with an audience. Their offerings are fit for a king and commoner alike!

We’re also welcoming The Jerky Baron this week who will grace us with his exotic flavours of beef jerky, made in East Vancouver.

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Have you tried camelina oil yet? Three Farmers will be sampling this delicious cooking oil. The light, nutty, earthy tones of the cold-­pressed camelina oil make it easy to include into your every day diet and all your favourite meals. It can easily be used to replace any other cooking oil and makes every dish memorable.

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PureBread from Whistler will be offering their delicious range of pastries and breads. Try the salted caramel bar. It’s amazing. Actually – try it with a cup of Brazilian coffee. Mogiana Brazilian Coffee will be onsite (and they just might need some love after the past events of this week, if you get my drift). Plus we’ve got Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery for those of you searching for gluten free.


Rootables Chips, The Jam Ladies, Great Himalaya, Valley Gold Bee Co. for fabulous honey, and lots more. So come early. But wait… there’s more! Come early and play the Spinnerama Wheel. It’s at the entrance to the market and each week we have 4 prizes for the lucky people who land on the right wedges (kids always win too). It’s free to spin and you just might win!

See you at the market!


Trout Lake Birthday Bash

This July marks the 20th season anniversary of the East Van/Trout Lake Farmers Market – the one that started it all for temporary, outdoor farmers markets in Vancouver! We’re planning on celebrating this wonderful milestone with a birthday party at Trout Lake, featuring cake, music, a special market story-telling & history booth and a few special speakers. We hope you can attend & celebrate 20 fantastic seasons with the Vancouver Farmers Markets board of directors, staff, and East Van/Trout Lake community of vendors, volunteers & shoppers.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9am: Trout Lake Farmers Market opening bell
  • 11:30am: The Drive Street Band plays the Trout Lake thoroughfare
  • 12:00pm: Speeches from our founders and dignitaries
  • 12:30pm: Eating birthday cake & dancing with the Drive Street Band
  • 2:00pm: Trout Lake Farmers Market closing bell

All Day:

  • Story-telling & history booth with scrapbooks and photos from the last 20 years
  • Memory Board where you can share your own stories and photos
  • Find many of our founding vendors still selling at the market!

Got a story to tell but can’t make the event? Post it to our Facebook Event Page


Market Sponsor: Modo The Car Co-op

The friendly folks at Modo have been offering Vancouverites rides since 1997.

A true champion of community, Modo supports many local events and organizations around town, including the 2014 Kitsilano Farmers Market. This summer, Modo is offering complimentary lifts home from the market for shoppers who need a hand with their groceries and other local goodies. To sign up for a free ride, or to get details on becoming a Modo member, visit their tent on the following dates: July 20, Aug 10, Sept 28, Oct 12


 

ModoModo is Metro Vancouver’s only member-owned, not-for-profit carshare co-op, since 1997 – and the official carshare of the Vancouver Farmers Markets!

With a mission to reduce environmental impact for the region, Modo replaces private vehicles with shared ones, reducing congestion and alleviating pressure on vital green spaces and farmland.

Modo is proud to partner with local food initiatives that connect eaters with producers. Just as farmers markets are about more than simply feeding the belly, carsharing contributes toward a healthier, more resilient, livable city.

About Modo:
Whether living car-free or using Modo as a second vehicle, Modo members share hundreds of cars, trucks, vans and electrics across Metro Vancouver. Book by the hour or the day, and discover the cost savings and freedom of carsharing.

Gas, insurance are included, as well as great perks including Parking Benefits, Bridge Tolls, and discounts from local businesses and member organizations!

Joining is easy! Get started at www.modo.coop.