As the last spring showers sprinkle down, Vancouverites are shaking dry in eager anticipation of the upcoming season: sweet summer. The city’s sunny days, comprised of long seawall treks dotted with crisp ocean dips, are to be savoured. The local farmers have been awaiting the season as well, picking and plucking their bounties in preparation for their debut at Vancouver’s farmers’ markets. Here, a handy guide to the city’s abundance.
The historic location of the Vancouver Farmers Markets non-profit launched at the Trout Lake location in 1995, and it has been a staple ever since. Long-term vendors including Hill Top Farms from the Okanagan and Langley Organic Farmers can be expected to make their return, bringing a wide range fresh and unique goods with them.
Located next to Vancouver’s famous “Dude Chilling Park”, the Mt. Pleasant market is a local darling. Smack-dab in the center of the neighbourhood, the Sunday fair is perfect for leisurely summer days bookended, perhaps, with visits to nearby breweries such as Brassneck and 33 Acres. Or, try mixing an at-home cocktail made with vendor-supplied ingredients such as Dickie’s Ginger and Odd Society Spirits Wallflower Gin. A Main Street Mule, if you will.
Located at the base of Main Street at Terminal, the Main Street Station market is another mid-week stop. The Wednesday event boasts similar options as the rest for fresh fruit and vegetables, but is also host to chef demonstrations to equip audiences with some fresh skills to take home to the kitchen.
The Kitsilano market is quintessential Vancouver. Taking place every Sunday throughout the season in Connaught Park, the market plays host to the usual suspects including urban farmers Sole Food and bakery A Bread Affair. A short walk from the neighbourhood’s beach and pool, it’s a tantalizing option for the hottest days of summer.
Best visited in the cool of the morning, the West End market is bustling by the early afternoon. There’s a close sense of community here, as the market is a mainstay for residents of the West End doing their weekend shopping. Escape the English Bay crowds and the late summer swelter by taking a detour in the shady recluse of Stanley Park.
The city’s splendour is best consumed immediately—and ardently—after purchase.
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