Freshly picked: Spring Farmers Markets opening for the season

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Spring has sprung and so have the delicious fruits and veggies that are filling up the local farmers markets! Now that the winter farmers markets have closed for the season, the larger spring/summer markets will be opening throughout May and June!

You can check the eatlocal.org website to find out what’s in season, but there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find apples, chard, dandelion greens, kale, nettles, potatoes, mushrooms, grass-fed beef & lamb, craft beer, and a whole lot more.

Check out the list below of the spring farmers markets that will be open across Vancouver starting next month:

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Freshly picked: Spring Farmers Markets opening for the season

5 reasons to visit the Vancouver Farmers Market during the Winter

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Thought you could only get farm-fresh local fruits, veggies, eggs, and meats during the summer? Think again! Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets are a great opportunity to shop for farm-to-table goodness every Saturday and Sunday during the winter season.

On Saturdays, Nat Bailey Stadium is transformed into a food-lovers paradise when 70+ farmers and merchants flock to the stadium for BC’s largest winter farmers market. Featuring winter veggies, eggs, cheeses, breads, and craft alcohol, it’s a great place to shop for your weekly groceries. If you miss Saturday’s affair, you can also check out the Sunday market at Hastings Park. Located near the PNE Fairgrounds, this market features over 20 vendors hawking their delicious seasonal goods.

Need a few more reasons to check out the winter farmers markets? Check out five more reasons to visit below!

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5 reasons to visit the Vancouver Farmers Market during the Winter

Let’s Hear it For Local: It’s Time For The We Heart Local Awards!

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Get ready to show your favourite local food producer a little love: it’s time for the third annual We Local Awards! For the last three years, this people’s choice awards has highlighted the most popular food and agriculture businesses and organizations across the province. Your vote helps support the local economy, spread the word about why local is better…and it also tells your favourites- in a very concrete way- how important they are to your community. If you want to support your local butcher, baker, or ice cream maker, nominate them for a We Local award!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Gear up for an epic BC Day long weekend with Pride, festivals, and lots of dancing!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

New Booze Laws in Vancouver: Happy Hours Officially Start; Booze Now at Farmers Markets

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Photo credit: J R | Flickr

The moment that Vancouver drinkers have long dreamed of is finally here.

June 20 marked the first day that pubs and restaurants in the city could offer customers happy hour specials on beer, wine and spirits.  Previously, provincial regulations had prohibited establishments from changing the price of their booze during the day, effectively nixing the possibility of happy hours.

Under the new rules,  bars and restaurants are now free to set their own happy hour specials, provided that they comply with mandatory minimum prices.  For beer, the minimum price is $3 per 12-ounce bottle or sleeve, $5 per 20-ounce pint or $15 per 60-ounce jug.  Wine must be priced at at least $3 per 5-ounce glass or $15.85 per 750-millilitre bottle.  Spirit prices must be set at a minimum of $3 per 1.5-ounce drink.

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It’s Summer Farmers Market Season in Vancouver!

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If you love local food and buying farm-fresh produce, meat, and cheese, you know where to go this weekend. This Saturday kicks off the first of the summer farmers markets that Vancouverites have come to know and love. The opening of these farmers markets is a sure sign that the sunny, summer season is upon us!

This month, there are three farmers markets opening up for the season across town, with three more opening in June. With so many farmers markets in Vancouver, it’s pretty easy to get access to fresh veggies and fruits almost every day of the week!

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Vancouver Poised to Nearly Double Its Farmers Markets

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There may be a chill in the air and snow on the mountains, but Vancouver is getting greener by the minute.

A list of 71 eco-recommendations being considered by city council next week includes adding 13 new farmers markets, bringing the total to 22, by the year 2020.  All in all, the 150-page proposal amounts to a bold new blueprint for the city’s food strategy, explains Randy Shore in a great article for the Vancouver Sun.

The new food strategy, titled What Feeds Us, envisions Vancouver as a model green city with an integrated food ecosystem, featuring local food production, processing, storage, distribution and even disposal in the form of composting.

According to the report, in the years ahead our urban environment is set to become more and more lush, as food production moves from the suburbs into the city itself.  Just in the past three years, more than 1,000 community garden plots have been started in the city, while the number of farmers markets has doubled.  In the near future, expect to see a surge of edible landscaping, rooftop greenhouses and unique green walls (farms grown vertically along the sides of buildings).

Shore points out a few of the key goals of the new plan in his article, including:  Continue reading:
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