Grey Skies, Farm-Fresh Veggies: Winter Farmers Market Returns to Vancouver

Photo credit: michellerlee | Flickr

Photo credit: michellerlee | Flickr

The clouds may have settled in and there’s a definite nip in the air, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get farm-fresh produce, meats and more in Vancouver.

The Winter Farmers Market returns to Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot this Saturday, Nov. 2, for its eighth season.  The unique weekly market, held Saturdays through April from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., features dozens of vendors selling seasonal produce, meat, seafood and cheese, as well as an assortment of home-baked goodies and even crafts.

For many Vancouverites, trips to the market have become a winter tradition – a weekly way to ward off seasonal doldrums with fresh foods, fresh air and plenty of interesting personalities.Shoppers stream in with reusable canvas bags, winding their way through rows of stalls and past market musicians and performers.  Vendors in tents are happy to talk your ear off with the stories behind their potatoes, cheeses and organic honeys.  Kids and on-leash dogs nose through the crowds.  And the leafy Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood, backed by the gardens and forests of Queen Elizabeth Park, makes for a great mini-escape from the bustle of downtown.

Over the years, the market has steadily expanded and now features more than 50 vendors selling everything from Shiitake mushrooms and local chard to salmon, lamb and even farm-raised bison.  On the prepared foods front, there are endless varieties of preserves, gluten-free goodies, cheeses, chocolates and soups.

Meanwhile, a small caravan of Vancouver’s best food trucks offer up delicacies like wild salmon sandwiches, gourmet grilled cheeses, artisan sausages, Asian fusion and spicy Latin cuisine.  Plus, during the holidays, the Winter Farmers Market makes a great spot for stocking up on unique gifts, everything from local-made jams to jewelry, art and handicrafts.

The Winter Farmers Market is held Saturdays starting Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver’s Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood.  For a complete list of vendors, check out the market website.  

Any fans of the Winter Farmers Market out there? What’s your must-have market treat? Let us know below. 

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4 Responses to Grey Skies, Farm-Fresh Veggies: Winter Farmers Market Returns to Vancouver

  1. Jarek

    I know it must seem all the same to downtown dwellers, but Nat Bailey and its parking lot are in Riley Park–Little Mountain, not Mount Pleasant ;)

  2. I love the Winter Farmers Market, picking up fresh greens almost every week and whatever else catches my eye.

  3. The Baker’s Market is back…It welcomes baking enthusiasts, pastry students, mommies & budding entrepreneurs who are keen on selling sweet & savoury baked goodies to the local community.
    Mark your calendar for February 16, 23, March 2, 9, April 20, 27 & May 4 at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre.

  4. The Baker’s Market is a FREE fun event on Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm, February 16, 23, March 2, 9, April 20, 27, May 4, 2014.
    It’s where passionate bakers sell their baked goodies to the local community. Free samples, free parking, free admission.
    Located indoors at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver, BC V5X 1C7.
    If you are a baker or sell baking related supplies, we’d love to have you join us as a vendor too.