Farmers markets are an essential component of sustainability. They provide customers that have made a deliberate choice to eat organic and lead an eco-friendly lifestyle with access to locally cultivated fresh food.
Moreover, local produce is more nutritious, as it doesn’t need to spend days or even weeks being transported and then being stored in a warehouse before it gets sold. And, just like the natural latex used in Nature's Embrace organic latex mattresses in Vancouver, fresh produce in farmers markets is farmed on small family-owned plots – not huge commercial or industrial farms that practice conventional farming methods.
Farmers markets also ensure that producers and their families are able to make a decent living off food that’s grown sustainably. This helps to encourage other small farmers to join farmers markets and make a profit, at the same time giving consumers a chance to shop for organic, fresh produce.
If you live in Vancouver and want to know which farmers markets are already open, here’s a quick rundown on the status of each one:
Currently open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Hastings Park Farmers Market has been operating since November 7 and will continue to open on schedule until April 24, 2022.
Here, you can purchase your favourite meat cuts from Aurora View Farms, seasonal produce like asparagus, strawberries, new potatoes, corn and cauliflower from Crisp Organics, and artisan sourdough bread from Tall Shadow Breads. There are so many other participating vendors here, so be sure to catch them at the Hastings Park Farmers Market every Sunday.
Location: PNE Fairgrounds, 2901 E. Hastings Street
Although the Kitsilano Farmers Market is currently closed for the season, it’s set to open from May 1 to October 30, 2022, on Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Once it reopens, you can always shop again at Kitsilano Farmers Market. Here, you’ll find the finest-quality seasonal fruits and vegetables. Other participating vendors sell ethically raised meat, eggs and dairy, and fresh fish. There’s also honey, preserves, craft beer, wines and spirits, artisanal prepared food, and handmade craft products. You can also purchase freshly made food and coffee from the trucks onsite.
Location: Kitsilano Community Centre parking lot on 2690 Larch Street
Just like some farmers markets in Vancouver, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is currently closed for the season. However, it is scheduled to open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting May 22 until October 30, 2022.
Several vendors set up shop at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, including Bannock Queen, Crisp Organics, Maples Sugar Shack, Merci Boulangerie, and Your Wildest Foods, among others.
Location: Dude Chilling Park, 8th Avenue and Guelph Street
The Riley Park Winter Farmers Market remains open until April 16, 2022, every Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Here, you can purchase certified organic, handcrafted, locally sourced artisan bread by A Bread Affair; olives, olive oils, black olive jam, balsamic fruit vinegar, and chocolate balsamic by Dundarave Olive Company; and savoury and sweet pies, chicken and beef pot pies, tourtieres (Canadian meat pies), fruit ketchup, and many more from Chef Enrick Food Corp.
Location: 50 E 30th Avenue & Ontario Street.
The Trout Lake Farmers Market remains closed for the season, although it will reopen on April 23 until October 29, 2022, every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Roughly more than 60 farms and producers, as well as food and coffee trucks, participate in the Trout Lake Farmers Market. Vendors include BobAli Hummus, Pestos and Tapenades, Coconama Chocolate Co. Ltd., The Foraged Land Farm, PÛR Soap, Spread’Em Kitchen, and many more.
Location: Trout Lake John Hendry Park
Farmers markets are considered to be an essential service during the COVID-19 by the Province of British Columbia. All markets continue to work closely with both municipal and provincial partners to ensure the safety of staff, vendors, volunteers, and the general public.
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