Volunteer Spotlight: Gretchen Grabow

VFM has 80+ volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours to our organization each year. From counting Market Money to playing host at our neighbourhood sites, our markets simply wouldn’t be the same without their hard work and dedication. This month, we’re celebrating a very special volunteer – someone who has been working with us since […]

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good natured®: four things to know about sustainable packaging

  Chemicals Yes, everything is made of chemicals. But we’re talking about the nasty ones here. BPAs, phthalates, styrene, and the like. A vast majority of the Chemicals of High Concern produced each year are used in the plastics industry, mostly to make plastics more stretchy, more heat resistant and flexible. Yikes! That’s why you […]

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  The home of our Thursday Downtown Farmers Market has a new name! On June 18, 2018 the City of Vancouver, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ(Tsleil-Waututh) announced šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn as the new name for Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Meaning “a place one is invited to” in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the language of Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh and “a place one is invited to celebrate” in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, the language of […]

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Main St. Station turns 10!

  It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago this June, we moved our Wednesday market at Riley Park to 1100 Station Street at the busy commuter intersection of Main & Terminal. Now a well established favourite of VFM shoppers (and a great place to top up on local food during the week), Main St. Station […]

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Volunteer of The Year: Alice Chan

If you’re a regular shopper at Hastings Park, Main St Station or Downtown Farmers Markets, you have likely met our superstar volunteer, Alice Chan. Last year Alice generously volunteered over 100 hours of her time at the Vancouver Farmers Markets! Her hard work and dedication was recognized this year that the provincial BC Association of […]

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Your Guide to a Locally-Sourced Seder Plate

Pesach Sameach! Come by the Nat Bailey Farmers Market to get some fresh ingredients for a locally-sourced Seder Plate in time for your second seder this Saturday night! For your Beitzah: Pick up some organic eggs from Earth Apple Farm, Rockweld Farm or The Farmhouse. For your Charoset: Visit Klippers Organic Growers, Golden West Farms, […]

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Hastings Park Shopper Spotlight

Jeri and Deb are longtime, dedicated fans of our Sunday winter market at Hastings Park. They shop weekly at the market and spread their love amongst a variety of farms and producers – find out their top picks from their market below in our Q & A! Q: How long have you been shopping at […]

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Winter Market Holiday Guide – 2017 Edition

  Each December, VFM staff round up our top picks from the Winter Markets to help make your local holiday gift giving and entertaining a breeze. Craft spirits, artisanal cheeses, deluxe baked goods, seasonal wreaths and bouquets, specialty food items, and fine craft are just a few of the hundreds of festive ideas on hand at Nat […]

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