Gifts to Get at the Markets Part 2

We’re back with the second instalment of Gifts to Get at the Markets – your guide to local, sustainable holiday shopping with BC farms and producers this season! Don’t miss these vendors at Nat Bailey and Hastings Park this weekend…



Put some award-winning cheese in your loved one’s stocking this year! Heidi from The Farm House Natural Cheeses is a gruyere-like French table cheese made from milk produced on the summer pasture. It’s just one of Farm House’s amazing grass-fed dairy products – they make a wide selection of cow and goat cheese, along with cultured butter for your holiday baking. Find them at Nat Bailey Dec 10, 17.





Looking for a unique gift for the jewelry lover on your list? Nancy Esworthy produces a range of sophisticated and edgy designs made from precious metals, wood, resin, and leather. Find her on one date only at Nat Bailey Dec 10.






Let the cocktail making begin! The Booze Witch (a.k.a Kelly Gillespie of Gillespie’s Fine Spirits) makes a range of flavourful and aromatic shrubs to pair with her artisan spirits, which include vodka, gin, and signature liqueurs made with BC grain. Look out for her Dec 10 at Nat Bailey.





Japanese chocolatiers Coconama produce single origin tasting chocolate made simply from cocoa beans and cane sugar. For the chocolate connoisseur on your list, the Coco-Labo tasting squares are for melting slowly on your tongue so to experience the range of flavours they release. Pick them up at Nat Bailey Dec 10.





Take some authentic Ukrainian sour cherry buns to your next holiday party! Solodko Ukrainian Bakery in New Westminster makes a variety of Ukrainian specialities from scratch – like pierogies, cabbage rolls, borscht, and a variety of breads and sweet baked goods. Look for them Dec 10 at Nat Bailey and Dec 18 at Hastings Park.





Light up your holiday season with the natural warmth and beauty of von Hardenberg Candles. Available in a wide selection of shapes and sizes, each candle is handmade at their studio in Maple Ridge from 100% beeswax. Find them Dec 10 at Nat Bailey.





Copper Pot Preserves creates artisan small batch jams and preserves from the seasonal bounty found at local farmers markets. With flavours ranging from Raspberry & Chipotle to Blueberry, Lemon & Thyme, Copper Pot’s jams make great stocking stuffers for the jam and toast fans in your life, or a yummy addition to your holiday charcuterie board. Find them on one market date only – Dec 10 at Nat Bailey.




Your holiday baking can go local this year with organic grains and flours from Cedar Isle Farm. Grown in the rich and fertile soil of the Fraser Valley near Agassiz, BC, Cedar Isle’s products include certified organic oats, wheat, and rye that is rolled and milled into whole grain flour. Get some at Hastings Park on Dec 11 & 18.



don_asperinLocal woodcrafter Don Asperin produces a line of clean and contemporary wood designs including cutting boards, jewelry boxes, and serving trays. Affordably priced in a wide range of options, Don’s work makes for a stylish holiday party host or hostess gift. Find him at Nat Bailey Dec 10.





Dogwood Brewing offers a selection of their organic brews in growler fills and cans at the markets. Pick some up for gifts or holiday entertaining at Nat Bailey Dec 10 and Hastings Park Dec 11 & 18.





screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-53-34-amWhen you’re done with all that holiday baking and shopping and gift wrapping, take a break from making dinner with one of Real Meal‘s take home dishes. Made from scratch with local and organic ingredients, these hearty meals will make sure you and your family are eating well during the busy festive season. Gift cards are also available for the people in your life who love to eat but not to cook! Load up on the goodness this Sunday, Dec 11 at Hastings Park.