Nothing ushers in the warm weather quite like the opening of seasonal farmers’ markets. Vancouver is full of markets that feature local farmers, bakers, growers and artisans who are passionate about showcasing their organic produce and handcrafted goods.
Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, there are so many markets that, chances are, you don’t know about all of them. Here are a few to add to your must-visit list.
Riley Park Farmers’ Market
The Riley Park market is one of the few that stays open year-round. Located at the Nat Bailey Stadium, it features over 70 vendors every week.
Here you can find locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as fresh meat and seafood, local herbs, artisanal goods and a rotating schedule of food trucks.
Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market
This market is in North Vancouver, but it’s worth the trip. Vendors set up shop in the East plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market every Saturday from May to October, and there you can enjoy fresh, seasonal produce as well as gorgeous seaside views.
Trout Lake Park Farmers’ Market
The Trout Lake farmers’ market is the largest in Vancouver and takes place every Saturday from May to October. It’s located a few blocks away from the SkyTrain station in the Commercial Drive neighborhood.
This market boasts handmade crafts, artisan cheeses, gourmet breads, fresh fruits and veggies, ready-to-eat foods and locally grown herbs and spices. Visitors can also grab a quick and delicious bite to eat from one of the many food trucks as well.
Main Street Farmers’ Market
The Main Street Station market is open from May 31 to October 5. Unlike many other farmers’ markets, this one caters to those who can’t make the early morning trips for local goods. The market is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday during the season, and it’s located right beside the 1100 Station Street stop for maximum convenience.
This market isn’t huge, but over 30 vendors set up shop each week to offer fresh produce, seafood, poultry, baked goods, hot foods and artisan gifts.
What’s In Season
When you’re buying fresh produce, it helps to have an understanding of what’s in season so you can plan your purchases.
Summer fruits to look for include apricots, bananas, melons, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, watermelons, lemons, peaches, plums and cherries.
For vegetables, look for beets, rhubarb, bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, carrots, summer squash, okra, cucumbers and corn.
As the weather warms up, it’s important to understand the dangers of becoming dehydrated. The more you sweat, the more liquids you need to help keep your body in good shape.
Summer heat can be incredibly harsh, but you don’t have to let the temperature keep you indoors. Below are a few ways that you can stay hydrated during a heat wave.
Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are the best foods to turn to for hydration. Most fruits and veggies are at least 80 percent water, so if you’re feeling waterlogged, snack on these instead.
Most experts recommend eating around five cups of fruit per day when temperatures are scorching to keep your body hydrated.
Think Outside Your Water Bottle
You should absolutely drink plenty of water every day, but it’s understandable to want a little variety in your diet. If you’re getting tired of drinking plain water, there are healthy alternatives that offer plenty of hydration and nutrients.
One option is coconut water. Coconut water has a few extra carbohydrates that can help your body maintain healthy sodium levels, and it has a great flavour without added sugars.
Another option is electrolyte drinks. Opt for low-sugar or sugarless drinks whenever possible to ensure that you’re getting all of the beneficial hydration and electrolytes without the extra sugars.
Skip the Margaritas
It might be tempting to grab an ice-cold beer or frozen margarita, but alcohol can actually make you more dehydrated as it’s a diuretic, and it doesn’t replenish lost water and electrolytes very well.
If you decide to enjoy a few drinks, be sure to have rehydration packets or an electrolyte-rich drink like coconut water on hand too.
Keep Water Handy
While there are other options out there, drinking plain water is always a good idea. Keep a water bottle with you at all times, and try to take frequent, small sips throughout your day. Heat can quickly wreak havoc on your internal systems, and water helps to insulate your organs from overheating.
You can even infuse your water with fresh fruits or sugarless flavour drops if you don’t care for the taste of plain water.
Stay Hydrated to Stay Healthy
Regardless of age, dehydration and heat stroke are very real dangers during a heat wave. Use the tips above, and beverages from Famous Foods to stay hydrated and healthy this summer.
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