Farmers markets have been an essential service through the pandemic and provide BC residents easy access to organic foods. Weekend farmers markets have popped up across multiple neighbourhoods in and around Metro Vancouver with a cornucopia of food products and artisanal goods. In an effort to continue supporting local, residents across various communities continue to take necessary precautions while shopping responsibly. If you head outdoors this weekend, you just might run into a farmers market right in your neighbourhood:
Trout Lake Farmers Market
The Trout Lake Farmers Market is one of the largest farmer’s markets in Metro Vancouver. Located at John Hendry Park in Vancouver, the Trout Lake farmer’s market sits near the intersection of Lakeview Drive and 13th Avenue.
A trip to Trout Lake is well worth a picnic in the park and a stroll around the lake, just a short walk away from the farmer’s market. The market houses a great selection of farm-fresh produce and homemade products, baked goods, artisans selling local crafts, fresh-picked fruits, berries, and organic vegetables.
One of the Lower Mainland’s largest and most impressive farmers markets, the Kitsilano Farmers Market is located at the Kitsilano Community Centre at 2690 Larch Street in Vancouver. The street hosts a booming market for fresh-baked goods, charcuterie-inspiring meats, and cheeses, lots of organic produce, and handmade artisan products.
One of the largest and most dynamic farmers markets in Lower Mainland, Kitsilano’s farmers market on a typical week hosted nearly 50 vendors. Kitsilano is also a visual treat, as it’s close to beaches like Jericho, Locarno, and Spanish banks and just a short jaunt away from Vanier Park, Maritime Museum, and the Space Centre. Get your picnic fixings at the market and head to a park for a proper weekend under the Vancouver sun.
Squamish Farmers Market
The Squamish Farmers Market is a weekly summer market in downtown Squamish that features fresh farm produce and artisan products. Found at the corner of Victoria Street and Cleveland Avenue, this medium-sized market is home to fresh produce, homemade preserves, baked goods, and even art.
Ambleside Farmers Market
The Ambleside Farmers Market is a medium-sized, artisan market that features food vendors and artisan products right in the parking lot of Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. The new venue of this market can be found at the foot of 13th Street, just a block or so south of Marine Drive. Situated right by the beach with ocean views, parks, and walking trails close by, this farmers market is a treat for all senses.
The Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market is a medium-sized market with at least 40 vendors selling everything from fresh produce to pet food, plants, and organic meats. This medium-sized market is also home to fresh baked goods to salsas, dried foods, chocolates, jams and preserves, raw and organic honey, artisanal jewelry, clothing, and even alcoholic
Lonsdale Quay Farmers Market
North Vancouver’s Farmers Market sits by the Lonsdale Quay every weekend and is a fairly small market with only a handful of vendors. However the mix of baked goods, honey, jewelry, pottery, fresh produce, handmade artisan products, organic goods and even an environmentally clean soap-refilling station sees loyal customers every weekend.
The view from the Lonsdale Quay complements the Lonsdale Quay Public Market which is a large year-round indoor market that boasts its own selection of food and gift shop vendors, candy stores, flower shops, boutique stores, gourmet delis and souvenirs. A bonus treat is a live musician or band performing right by the market, creating a happy and festive vibe.
West End Farmers Market
The West End Farmers Market is a summer market along Comox Street between Thurlow Street and Bute in Vancouver’s West End. This medium-sized market runs until lunchtime and typically houses about 30 vendors selling fresh produce and local artisans. While the food trucks have been temporarily put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are plenty of market stalls that stretch all the way down the block.
Whistler Farmer’s Market
The Whistler Farmers Market is a large farmer and artisan market in Whistler‘s Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. A prolific market, Whistler hosts about 50 vendors who sell organic vegetables and other farm-fresh produce. You can also find multiple artisans selling everything from pottery to clothing, gourmet chocolate, and other handcrafted treats.
Social Distancing and COVID-19 Precautions
Keeping in line with COVID-19 precautions, stalls at the farmer’s markets are responsibly social distanced, and house only essential services such as food vendors. The markets also provide hand sanitizing stations, implement card-only or digital payments for speedy service, route shoppers to move in an organized manner and prohibit food sampling and the use of reusable shopping bags. Some of the farmers markets may also offer online sales and pre-order purchases to encourage you to support local.
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