Metro Vancouver farmers' market guide 2015

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Here in Vancouver we are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of fresh, locally-grown produce. While the city proper houses numerous farmers’ markets, including many that are year-round, for those who live, work, play, and shop in Vancouver’s adjoining communities, there are still several such markets to choose from.

Berries at the Main St Station Market (Kevin Krebs/Flickr)

SEE ALSO: Vancouver farmers' markets 2015 guide

With the warm weather months upon us, here is our guide to the Metro Vancouver farmers’ markets.

NORTH VANCOUVER/WEST VANCOUVER

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

The Ambleside Farmers’ Market provides West Vancouver with a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food, and goods from crafters and food artisans.

Day/Time: Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates: May 3 to October 25, 2015
Location: 1500 block Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Vancouver
Website: www.artisanmarkets.ca

Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market

Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.

Day/Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates: May 2 to October 24, 2015
Location: East Plaza at 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Website: www.artisanmarkets.ca

Shipyards Night Market

The Shipyards Night market features food trucks, live music, numerous vendors and a beer garden. The Shipyards Plaza is the a perfect North Van destination to bike, walk, rollerblade or bus/SeaBus to and relax at the Pier, take in the sights, sunsets, shop, eat and be entertained.

Day/Time: Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.
Dates: May 1 to September 25, 2015
Location: Shipbuilders’ Square, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Website: www.northshoregreenmarkets.com

RICHMOND

On The Farm Vegetables (Photo by Ling W via Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market/Facebook)

On The Farm Vegetables (Photo by Ling W via Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market/Facebook)

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

Head to Richmond for this fun recurring marketplace in picturesque Steveston Village. Launched in May 2008, this open-air market, adjacent to the Cannery, is where local farmers, artists and craftspersons gather to welcome shoppers.

Day/Time: Select Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: May 10 & 24, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2 & 16 & 30, September 6 & 20, October 11 & 25
Location: Moncton St & Third Ave, Richmond
Website: sfam.ca

Richmond Country Farms

Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce, and prepared good (like pie!).

Day/Time: Daily 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dates: April 9 to December 23
Location: 12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond
Website: www.countryfarms.ca

BURNABY

Burnaby Farmers’ Market

Burnaby residents can head out Saturday mornings to City Hall to get to know their farmers and enjoy a day at the market. The Burnaby Farmers’ Market is the third of the trio of markets run by Artisan Markets, who also run the Lonsdale Quay and Ambleside markets.

Day/Time: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: May 2 to October 24, 2015
Location: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
Website: www.artisanmarkets.ca

DELTA

Tsawwassen Saturday Market

Taking place on the farmland adjacent to the Earthwise Society, this charming market is one of the newest in the region, and is expanding this year to include food trucks and more participants. It’s always sunny in Tsawwassen, too!

Day/Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: May 9 to October 31, 2015
Location: Southlands Market Square, 6400 3rd Avenue (next to Earthwise Society, across from Centennial Beach in Boundary Bay)
Website: tsawwassensaturdaymarket.flavors.me

Ladner Village Market

One of Metro Vancouver’s favourite and enduring markets is the Ladner Village Market, which takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.

Day/Time: Select Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, September 13, 2015
Location: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village)
Website: ladnervillagemarket.com

North Delta Farmers’ Market

The North Delta Farmers’ Market moves to the Sungod Rec Centre this season for a reinvigorated weekly market.

Day/Time: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates: May 10 to November 1, 2015
Location: Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112 Street, Delta,
Website: www.northdeltafarmersmarket.com

SURREY/WHITE ROCK

At the Surrey Urban Farmers' Market (Photo by Anna Hall via Surrey Urban Farmers' Market/Facebook)

At the Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market (Photo by Anna Hall via Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market/Facebook)

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

Head to Surrey’s vibrant City Hall Plaza for the weekly Urban Farmers’ market on Wednesday afternoons. This year they’re adding monthly features like recipe demonstrations, art displays, local vendor showcases and more.

Day/Time: Wednesdays. 1 to 6 p.m.
Dates: June 10 to October 7, 2015
Location: Surrey City Hall Plaza, 13450 104th Ave, Surrey
Website: surreymarket.org

White Rock Farmers’ Market

Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.

Day/Time: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: May 24 to October 11, 2015
Location: 15154 Russell Ave. (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
Website: www.whiterockfarmersmarket.ca

NEW WESTMINSTER

Royal City Farmers’ Market

New West’s Royal City Farmers’ Market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more, all at Tipperary Park on Thursday evenings.

Day/Time: Thursdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dates: May 21 to October 8, 2015
Location: Tipperary Park (east of City Hall, Royal Ave & 4th Street), New Westminster

Website: rcfm.ca

COQUITLAM/PORT COQUITLAM/MAPLE RIDGE

Poirier Street Farmers Market

Started in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in Metro Vancouver. At this market you’ll find hosts a diversity of vendors showcasing their locally-sourced products.

Day/Time: Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dates: May 10 to Oct 25, 2015
Location: Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow) in Coquitlam
Website: www.makebakegrow.com

Haney Farmers Market

Downtown Maple Ridge is enlivened every Saturday with a weekly market at Memorial Peace Park.

Day/Time: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: May 9 to October 10, 2015
Location: Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Website: www.haneyfarmersmarket.org

Port Coquitlam Farmers Market

Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society, the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural and heritage programming.

Day/Time: Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.
Dates: June 4 to September 24, 2015
Location: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Website: www.portcoquitlamfarmersmarket.org

LANGLEY/FORT LANGLEY

Langley Community Farmers Market

On Wednesday afternoons in the warm weather months at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus you will find more than 40 vendors that “Make it, Bake it or Grow it” selling the very best the region has to offer.

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 2 to 6:30 p.m.
Dates: May 20 to October 14, 2015
Location: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard, 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley
Website: www.langleycommunityfarmersmarket.com

Fort Langley Village Farmers Market

Fort Langley offers a weekly market for getting fresh foods picked from local farmers fields in the Fraser and Okanagan Valleys, along with plants, flowers, and other artisan goods.

Day/Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates: May 9 to October 31, 2015
Location: St. Andrews Historic Church, 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
Website: www.fortlangleyvillagefarmersmarket.org

For a complete list of farmers’ markets running spring to fall in the City of Vancouver, check out our Vancouver farmers’ markets 2015 guide.

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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