Categories: Travel & Explore | Published On: August 6, 2021 |

The Best Farmers’ Markets Around Vancouver

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The Best Farmers’ Markets Around Vancouver

Farmers’ Markets Around Vancouver

Vancouver enjoys a long, rich growing season for local produce. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some of the early harvest from spring planting, and buying seasonal produce can inspire new recipes and meals year-round. Farmers’ markets are a great way to eat healthy while supporting sustainability and your local farmers and economy. They’re also a fun way to meet neighbours and connect with the local community.

Why does local produce matter?

We asked Boomerang culinary host Chef Robert why buying local in Vancouver matters. He told us that local produce is usually sold within 24-48 hours from being picked.

The 10 best farmers’ markets in and around Vancouver

Vancouver has a myriad of farmers’ markets to try, from small markets with handmade specialties to sprawling lanes of produce to browse. Here are 10 of the best Vancouver markets to explore:

1. Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

Kitsilano farmers’ market is a popular destination because it offers a broad range of goods: fresh produce, meat and poultry, fresh fish, and artisan canned goods and preserves. You’ll also find wine, spirits, and locally made beers here. You might come for groceries, but stay and enjoy gourmet coffee, shop for handicrafts, and pause for lunch at the food trucks. Pressed for time? This market also has a handy app to pre order products online for pickup.

Hours: Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from May to October.

Address: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St, Vancouver

2. Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

Located in the parking lot of Mount Pleasant Elementary School, this market is well-loved by locals for its tasty vegetables, beer and wine, artisanal foods and popular food trucks. Get to know some of the local vendors and community members who frequent this market on their blog.

Hours: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to October.

Address: 2300 Guelph St, Vancouver

3. West End Farmers Market

Located in Vancouver’s scenic West End, this market is perfect for a slow-moving Saturday. Over 30 farmers, producers, coffee vendors, and food trucks make this market a fun weekend affair. Shop and enjoy a picnic in a nearby park. From organic, biodynamic family-farmed produce to handmade olive oils and vinegars, taste the best Vancouver has to offer.

Hours: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 27 to October 21, 2021.

Address: 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver

4. Trout Lake Park Farmers’ Market

This is one of the biggest farmers’ markets in Vancouver, with sprawling vendors. One catch is the lack of parking, so bike, walk or take transit when possible. You’ll find almost everything available here: specialty cheesemakers, fresh produce, artisanal baked goods, and gourmet mushroom and fungi that would please any chef. It’s a great destination for Vancouver-made gifts and crafts as well, with homemade jewellery and food trucks to enjoy.

Hours: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to October.

Address: 13th Avenue and Lakewood Drive, Vancouver

5. Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market

This market is near the water, so you can bask in the cool breeze while you shop, browse, and eat. Make sure you try the homemade salsas, check out homemade pottery, and enjoy local honey. Once you’ve purchased farm-fresh produce and secured some snacks, enjoy a picnic with a view of the harbour and watch the ships come and go.

Hours: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from May to October.

Address: 123 Carrie Cates Court, Vancouver

6. Riley Park Summer Farmers’ Market

Riley Park Farmers’ Market offers 70+ vendors with fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, poultry, and hot food to enjoy on-site. Their fresh produce includes specialty garlic, seasonal flowers, buttery croissants, and plant burgers that taste like the real thing.

Hours: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to October.

Address: 50 East 30th Avenue and Ontario Street, Vancouver

7. Riley Park Winter Farmers’ Market

Most Vancouver markets operate from spring until fall, but Riley Park offers a winter market as well. Some vendors offer hardy winter crops, while others bake fresh bread, or sell freshly caught fish.

Hours: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for elderly and immune-compromised and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the public, from October 21 to April 24, 2022.

Address: 50 East 30th Avenue and Ontario Street, Vancouver

8. False Creek Farmers’ Market

The False Creek Market offers fresh produce along with specialties like Okanagan wines, Vancouver Island berries, and addictive tapenades and pestos made with seasonal ingredients. Enjoy your finds with a picnic in the nearby park.

Hours: Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. from June to October.

Address: Concord Community Park, 50 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

9. Downtown Farmers’ Market

This market is a great way to pair exploring downtown with a delicious lunch from a food truck or a pit stop for groceries. Specialties like fresh eggs, plant-based dairy, and family-farmed produce are in abundance here. The downtown market happens in the parking lot of the Vancouver Art Gallery, so you can enjoy a cultural experience before you shop. Don’t be confused by an online search if you see two locations. This market, previously called Yaletown market, used to happen at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, but it moved to the šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square in 2020.

Hours: Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June to October 6, 2021.

Address: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver

10. Hastings Park Farmers’ Market

This farmers’ market runs through the winter season, with over 35 farms, producers, food, and coffee trucks. Hastings Park Farmers’ Market sells everything from traditional bannock to local honey, seafood, and vegan specialties.

Hours: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from November through April. Check their site for updates as winter approaches.

Address: PNE Fairgrounds, 2901 E. Hastings St, Vancouver

Looking for more things to do in Vancouver? Read our article on the best hiking trails in Vancouver.

Support Vancouver farmers online

With a handful of other Vancouver Farmers’ Markets currently closed because of pandemic restrictions, there are still ways you can support local farmers and shop locally from home. Get involved with Fresh to Families, an organization that pairs farm support with hungry families, or shop for produce or merch online and have it shipped directly to your home.

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