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.