We’re back Downtown with NEW HOURS!
Summer weekends start on Thursdays at the Downtown Farmers Market, where you can find all the farm-to-table goods you need for bbqs, beach picnics, and summer entertaining!
Shop fresh every Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza – your weekly source for the finest and freshest quality seasonal fruits & vegetables, ethically raised meat, poultry, eggs & dairy, sustainable seafood, artisanal food & craft, and local craft beer, wine & spirits.
NEW LUNCHTIME HOURS! Come join us on your lunch hour each Thursday for delicious food cart offerings and a quick grocery shop during our new, convenient market hours of 11am-3pm. Pick up a Loyalty Lunch Card from the market info tent and every 8th lunch is on us! This week we’re excited to eat hearty chili from the Chilitank, yummy pierogies from Old Country Pierogi and raclette from Cheese Me!
In Season Now
The cold, damp spring has resulted in a slow start to the season for growers across the board; many are reporting they’re a month behind planting, crops are struggling in the wet soil, and the lack of sunshine has been slowing down production. Despite these challenges you’ll find an abundance of fresh produce and new vendors!
Produce: basil, beets, carrots, chard, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, greenhouse cucumbers, greenhouse peppers, herbs, kale, mini peppers, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, turnips
Meats, Seafood, Dairy: Chicken, Cheese, Yogurt, Eggs, Bison
Other: Apple Cider, Honey, Preserves, Starter Plants
Member Appreciation Day! We’re kicking the season off with MAD! VFM members will enjoy free market money transactions and discounts at various vendors around the market. Don’t forget your member cards! Need to sign up or renew your card? Swing by the market information booth and our team will be happy to help. Keep an eye out for the member special signs around the market and take advantage of some great savings!
Here’s a few examples of what to expect:
- Le Meadow’s Pantry – $1 off rhubarb jam
- Sole Food Street Farms – free bunch of herbs with any purchase over $10
- Odd Society Spirits – $2 off 750 ml East Van Vodka and 750 ml Wallflower gin
- Abundant Acre Family Farm – buy 2 bunches (beets, kale etc), save $1.
- The Applebarn – Big Pepper Challenge Bag $5 (reg $6)
- Take a Fancy Chocolates and Sweets – $1 off Fleur de Sel Caramels (reg $8)
Get a complete list of this week’s Downtown Market vendors here
No time to shop? Don’t miss out on the fresh stuff – order a FreshBox, our weekly market CSA program. $25 per week, packed and ready to go home with you!
The Fresh Box is a seasonal selection fruits and vegetables from multiple VFM Farmers brought together in a weekly box – delivered to your office (office group orders only) or picked up from the Downtown Farmers Market.
We do the picking and all you have to do is enjoy!
Help us spread the word! Print out a Downtown Farmers Market poster for your lunch room, and help promote the market on your social media channels with these handy sample posts and market photos!
Visit us at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.), Thursdays, 11am-3pm, June 1st –October 5th
FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION HERE
DISCOVER OUR SIX OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.