Vancouver farmers' markets 2015 guide

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

When it comes to eating local, there’s no better place to start than a farmers’ market. Aisles of farm-fresh produce, meats, and eggs beckon, alongside tasty prepared foods, baked goods, coffee, and more.

Vancouver’s farmers’ markets offer a great chance to explore what’s in season, and for consumers to get to learn more about where their food is coming from, new ways to prepare it, and spend some time out in the community.

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SEE ALSO: What B.C.'s new rules for organic products mean for shoppers and farmers

The spring, summer, and early fall months are a bustling time for crops, and there are many terrific farmers’ markets running in the city itself. Here is our guide to the Vancouver farmers’ markets.

Granville Island Public Market

Open all year long, the Public Market at Granville Island is a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. There are several produce vendors, along with local food and craft artisans, prepared foods, and much more to see and do.

Day/Time: 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dates: Year-round
Location: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Website: granvilleisland.com/public-market

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

In supplement to the ongoing Public Market there is a seasonal farmers’ market at Granville Island. This cash-only market is steps from all the great food and vendors, and has been around for over 20 years.

Day/Time: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates: June 4 to late October 2015
Location: Triangle Square, Granville Island
dWebsitegranvilleisland.com/granville-island-farmers-market

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

This is the farmers’ market that started up in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site, and lots to see and do.

Day/Time: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: May 9 to Oct 24, 2015
Location: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
Website: eatlocal.org/markets/trout-lake

Trout Lake Farmers' Market (Mark/Flickr)

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market (Mark/Flickr)

West End Farmers’ Market

The West End’s relaxed Saturday market is a great meeting spot for locals. Grab a cup of coffee, peek at the adjacent community gardens, and take a stroll with your purchases at Nelson Park.

Day/Time: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: May 30 to Oct 24, 2015
Location: Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow)
Website: eatlocal.org/markets/west-end

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

The Kits market takes place Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre, and has a Bike Valet for shoppers on two wheels, and lots nearby for families to do.

*A note for this summer: During construction on the parking lot at the Kits Community Centre, the Kitsilano Market will temporarily relocate to Riley Park, at the southeast corner of 30th Avenue and Ontario Street. From May 10 to June 7, 2015 the market will run on the same day and time, and have all the same vendors as the Kits market.

Day/Time: Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: May 10 to Oct 25, 2015
Location: West 10th Ave (between Larch and Balsam)
Website: eatlocal.org/markets/kitsilano

Grapes at the West End Farmers' Market (Stephanie Vacher/Flickr)

Grapes at the West End Farmers’ Market (Stephanie Vacher/Flickr)

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

A bustling weekday afternoon market like Main Street Station is ideal for busy commuters. This market features vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users. Take note of new hours for 2015.

Day/Time: Wednesdays 2 to 6 p.m.
Dates: June 3 to October 7, 2015
Location: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
Website: eatlocal.org/markets/main-st-station

Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market

The Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market lines East Boulevard every Saturday, bringing out the locals in one of Vancouver’s oldest communities. Stroll, shop, and eat at this vibrant weekend gathering.

Day/Time: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: June 13 to Oct 10, 2015
Location: East Boulevard (between 37th and 41st Avenues)
Website: eatlocal.org/markets/kerrisdale

Mushrooms at the Kerrisdale Farmers' Market (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Mushrooms at the Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Mt Pleasant Farmers’ Market

The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.

Day/Time: Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: June 14 to Oct 11, 2015
Location: 2300 Guelph Street, Mount Pleasant
Website: eatlocal.org/markets/mt-pleasant

Yaletown Farmers’ Market

A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly streets of Yaletown welcome vendors and farmers Thursday afternoons and evenings for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station.

Day/Time: Thursdays 2 to 6 p.m.
Dates: May 7 to October 29, 2015
Location: 1200 Mainland Street, Yaletown
Website: eatlocal.org/markets/yaletown

Zucchini and dill at the Oak Street Farmers' Market (@oakstreetmarket/Instagram)

Zucchini and dill at the Oak Street Farmers’ Market (@oakstreetmarket/Instagram)

Oak Street Farmers’ Market

This young South Vancouver market boasts all Certified Organic produce, meat, and eggs. It’s run by the Unitarian church, with a goal of connecting locals to their food and farmers.

Day/Time: Wednesdays 3 to 7 p.m.
Dates: June 3 to October 14, 2015
Location: Unitarian Church of Vancouver, Oak St. and West 49th Ave.
Website: www.oakstreetmarket.ca

River District Farmers’ Market

This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.

Day/Time: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates: May 30 to October 10, 2015
Location: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street
Website: www.riverdistrict.ca/events/river-district-market

UBC Farm Market (Viaje a Canada/Flickr)

UBC Farm Market (Viaje a Canada/Flickr)

UBC Farm markets

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This is a cash-only, BYO bags market.

Day/Time: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dates: June 13 to October 2015
Location: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 4 to 6 p.m.
Dates: June 9 to October 2015
Location: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dates: June 10 – October 2015
Location: UBC Bookstore, 6200 University Boulevard

Website: ubcfarm.ubc.ca

Il Mercato Italian Market

The market brings together the tastes of Italy with fresh produce grown locally, in addition to delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef and handmade products from local artisans.

Day/Time: Every third Friday of the month, 3 to 7 p.m.
Dates: May 15 to November 20, 2015
Location: 3075 Slocan Street, East Vancouver
Website: www.italianculturalcentre.ca/

Plaza of Nations Night Market

The Plaza of Nations Saturday Market is being launched this summer by the Northshore Green Markets. The Plaza of Nations will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace, complete with food trucks, craft beer, and local bands every Saturday night.

Day/Time: Saturdays 5 to 10 p.m.
Dates: June 20 to September 12, 2015
Location: Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard
Website: www.northshoregreenmarkets.com


Vancouver farmers' markets 2015 guide

By Vancity Buzz

Vancouver’s farmers’ markets offer a great chance to explore what’s in season, and for consumers to get to learn more about where their food is coming from, new ways to prepare it, and spend some time out in the community.

  • Granville Island Public Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    Open all year long, the Public Market at Granville Island is a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike.

  • Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site, and lots to see and do.

  • West End Farmers’ Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    Grab a cup of coffee, peek at the adjacent community gardens, and take a stroll with your purchases at Nelson Park.

  • Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    The Kits market takes place Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre, and has a Bike Valet for shoppers on two wheels, and lots nearby for families to do.

  • Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    This market features vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users.

  • Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    The Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market lines East Boulevard every Saturday, bringing out the locals in one of Vancouver’s oldest communities.

  • Mt Pleasant Farmers’ Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.

  • Yaletown Farmers’ Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly streets of Yaletown welcome vendors and farmers Thursday afternoons and evenings for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station.

  • Oak Street Farmers’ Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    This young South Vancouver market boasts all Certified Organic produce, meat, and eggs. It’s run by the Unitarian church, with a goal of connecting locals to their food and farmers.

  • River District Farmers’ Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.

  • UBC Farm markets

    By Vancity Buzz

    The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the [UBC Farm](http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/), and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming.

  • Il Mercato Italian Night Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    The market brings together the tastes of Italy with fresh produce grown locally, in addition to delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef and handmade products from local artisans.

  • Plaza of Nations Night Market

    By Vancity Buzz

    The market brings together the tastes of Italy with fresh produce grown locally, in addition to delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef and handmade products from local artisans.

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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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