Exploring the Farmers Markets of Vancouver

Vancouver is a food lover’s paradise, with an abundance of fresh local produce, artisanal foods, and gourmet eats. One of the best ways to sample the city’s locavore delights is by exploring the numerous farmers markets dotted around the city. Here are some of the best farmers markets to visit in Vancouver.

The oldest and largest farmers market is the Granville Island Public Market (Public Market, 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9), open year-round. Located in a historic building on Granville Island, the market features stalls from local farmers, fishers, and food artisans. You’ll find local produce like peppers, leafy greens, berries, and root vegetables. Don’t miss the seafood, cheese, and cured meats on offer. The lively atmosphere with buskers and food vendors makes this a must-see attraction.

For a beachside farmers market, head to Kitsilano Farmers Market (2690 Larch St, Vancouver, BC V6K 4K9), open on Sundays from May to October. Over 65 vendors set up stalls in the parking lot of the Kitsilano Community Centre, just a stone’s throw from Kits Beach. You’ll find local farms bringing fresh produce, artisanal baked goods, preserves, and prepared foods. Grab some picnic supplies and enjoy a beach meal. The West Side Farm Trail map helps you discover other farms and food purveyors in the area.

On Saturdays from June through October, the Main Street Station Farmers Market brings the community together. The tiny market set on the plaza in front of the train station features live music and around 25 vendors selling BC grown produce as well as artisanal foods. It’s a perfect spot to grab a coffee, buy some groceries, and chat with your neighbors on a Saturday morning.

The Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market (50 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6) is a seasonal market open on Saturdays from November to April. The market is held in a historic pavilion in Queen Elizabeth Park and features around 40 vendors selling everything from produce, meats, and cheese to crafts and ready-to-eat snacks. You’ll find plenty of locally grown vegetables ideal for winter meals, as well as handmade gifts. The views of the park and city make this a charming weekend destination.

From May through October on Wednesdays, the Riley Park Farmers Market (each Saturday, 10am-2pm from April 1 – October 28, 2023 at the 30th Avenue & Ontario St) brings the community together on the lawn next to Hillcrest Community Centre. Around 25 local vendors offer fresh produce, bread, sweets, crafts and other goods at this community-centered market. The market participates in several initiatives to increase access to healthy food for all.

Vancouver’s farmers markets offer an opportunity to connect with local growers and food producers while enjoying the regional harvest. The markets’ variety reflects the city’s passion for sustainability, community, and culinary delights utilizing the best of BC’s natural bounty. Happy exploring and bon appetit!

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