The abundance of fruits and vegetables available locally may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean your visits to farmers’ markets needs to end. While berries, watermelons, and stone fruits are no longer in season we’re transitioning into fall, which means stocking up on rich and hearty ingredients for soups and stews.
Thankfully, we’ll have two winter farmers’ markets in Vancouver this year filled with local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and baked goods. This year marked the debut of the Yaletown Farmers Market, and due to popular demand it’s being extended until December 19th from 12pm-4pm every Thursday! Unfortunately I’m nowhere near the vicinity of that particular market during those hours, so my regular market from November 2nd until April 26th will be the good ol’ Winter Farmers’ Market at Nat Bailey Stadium.
This market is by far my favourite as it provides a huge selection of local vendors and food trucks. Aside from the mouth watering local produce, my favourite bakery, Purebread makes regular appearances here so I know I won’t have to wait much longer to get my hands on those “outrageous brownies” I can’t shut up about.
Locally made seed and grain pate, Pate Pastiche also makes regular appearances. If you haven’t tried these guys out I highly recommend the golden squash and sage flavour as an introduction. My favourite snack incorporating the pate is to spread it on some bread, top off with greens, tomatoes, and a squeeze of lemon.
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks is a regular staple in the fridge. I usually rotate between the Fromage Frais and one of the firmer cheeses such as Qualicum Spice.
And lastly, one of my favourite reasons to go to the market is for fresh flowers and plants. Decorating any sort of personal space with fresh flowers instantly perks up my mood.
Be sure to regularly visit the official Vancouver Farmers’ Market website for updates on vendor maps and events. Local markets are an important aspect in keeping connected with your community and knowing where your food comes from.
Farmers’ Markets in Vancouver