See What’s Growing in Vancouver

 

photo by Abeer Yusuf

 

Why locals love their farmers’ markets.

 

By Abeer Yusuf

 

They appear like mushrooms every spring and summer, forming an important fabric of the Vancouver identity—the weekly farmers’ market.

 

A way of bridging the gap between the farm producers and the end customer, farmers’ markets are the perfect weekend activity that goes far beyond vegetable shopping.

 

At a typical Vancouver farmers’ market, you’re sure to find the usual variety of in-season vegetables and fruits. Depending on the season, different greens are in vogue. At the time Guidebook paid a visit, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, leeks and aragulas were in, coming in from as far as Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

 

For greenfingers there are a wide variety of flowering trees, vegetable starts, and potted plants bearing flowering promise. At some farmers’ markets, gardening advisors offer help and suggestions for free, for those wanting to pick up tips and enquire about gardening techniques.

 

If you ask a Vancouverite, they don’t go so much for the vegetables as they do the bakeries, flower shops, musical entertainment and crafts. Fresh flowers galore, almost anything can be bought—at the Kitsilano market, this reporter spotted birdhouses!

 

Fresh honey, handmade soap and artisan jewellery is available in droves. A family-friendly environment, face-painting is a common sight. Informal bands have impromptu jam sessions and there are as many people at the markets as there are dogs.

 

Perhaps the most integral component of a farmers’ market is the food. Baked goodies abound with samosas, takeaway jars ready with Indian chutney. Food trucks set up camp at these markets to do brisk business—so be prepared to wait in line on Sundays. Everything from chili to grilled cheese sandwiches to fish and chips to crepes can be found.

 

Every year Metro Vancouver seems to sprout a new farmers’ market. Be smart, find the one nearest you—we suggest bringing a wad of cash and an appetite.

 


 

Main Street Station
Every Wednesday, June 4 until October 1
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main Street Skytrain Station

 


 

Yaletown
Every Thursday to October 2
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each week
Mainland Street between Davie and Helmcken at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Stop.

 


 

Trout Lake
Every Saturday to October 18
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each week
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake
Between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley

 


 

Kitsilano
Every Sunday until October 19
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each week
2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre

 


 

West End
Every Saturday to October 18
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each week
1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill

 


 

Kerrisdale
Every Saturday, June 14 until October 11
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each week
East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue – near Kerrisdale Arena

 


 

Mount Pleasant
Every Sunday, June 15 until October 12
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each week
Guelph Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park

 


 

Royal City, New Westminster
Every Thursday, June 5 until October 9
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each week
Tipperary Park on 4th Street located next to City Hall in New Westminster

 


Surrey
Every Wednesday, June 11 until October 8
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each week
Surrey City Hall Plaza, 13450 104th Ave, Surrey

 


 

UBC
Every Wednesday, June 18 until October 15
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each week
On the corner of East Mall and Agricultural Road, outside of Irving K. Barber Library
Every Saturday, June 21 until October 15
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each week
UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver

 


 

Lonsdale Quay
Every Saturday until October 29
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each week
123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver

 


 

Coquitlam
Every Sunday until October 26
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each week
Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot, 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam

 

Vancouver’s favourite component, gluten-free goodies sell like hot cakes at farmers’ market. / photo by Abeer Yusuf

Vancouver’s favourite component, gluten-free goodies sell like hot cakes at farmers’ market. / photo by Abeer Yusuf

Samosas and Indian treats like this homemade chutney can be found at Kitsilano’s farmers’ market. / photo by Abeer Yusuf

Samosas and Indian treats like this homemade chutney can be found at Kitsilano’s farmers’ market. / photo by Abeer Yusuf

Crêperie La Bohème, a food truck which offers all kind of crêpes both savoury and sweet. / photo by Abeer Yusuf

Crêperie La Bohème, a food truck which offers all kind of crêpes both savoury and sweet. / photo by Abeer Yusuf

 

This vendor at Trout Lake sells a variety of seeds, of herbs, grain and flowering plants. Thyme smudge sticks can also be found here. / photo by Abeer Yusuf

This vendor at Trout Lake sells a variety of seeds, of herbs, grain and flowering plants. Thyme smudge sticks can also be found here. / photo by Abeer Yusuf

Depending on the season, all kinds of freshly-picked mushrooms can be found. / photo by Abeer Yusuf

Depending on the season, all kinds of freshly-picked mushrooms can be found. / photo by Abeer Yusuf