Fancy-Pants Farmers Market at Shangri-La this Sunday, June 24

Unusual spot for a farmers market? Not in Vancouver! Photo: MARKET by Jean-Georges

I love Vancouver. I love that we live in a city where a luxury hotel (the Shangri-La Vancouver) and one of the cities top-rated, high-end restaurants (MARKET by Jean-Georges) decide to host an on-site farmers market and no one blinks an eye. Because, hey, why not? Even elite gourmands love a farmers market (right?), especially a fancy-pants one.

I jest; it really is a great idea (if somewhat ironic): MARKET will host the inaugural Shangri-La Farmers Market on its outside terrace, where guests can peruse stalls from nine different local vendors while enjoying complimentary canapés from Shangri-La’s Executive Chef Wayne Harris and complimentary wine tastings from Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.

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Fancy-Pants Farmers Market at Shangri-La this Sunday, June 24

Vancouver Farmers Markets Kick Off New Season

Photo credit: Vancouver Farmers Market

Fanfare, please. Vancouver farmers’ markets return for the summer/fall season that runs from late May to October in five locations throughout Vancouver. Primp your eco shopping bags and wax your bicycle. It’s time to get friendly with BC farmers.

Trout Lake Farmers Market, the biggest baddest Vancouver farmers’ market, opened May 12, in a glorious blaze of sunshine. Kitsilano Farmers Market opens this Sunday, May 20.

But they’re not the only game in town. West End Farmers Market and Main Street Station Farmers Market will kick off in early June, to be joined by the first ever Kerrisdale Farmers Market in July.

Get details on opening dates new vendors, food trucks and market events after the jump.

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Vancouver Farmers Markets Kick Off New Season

Your Personal Farmers Market: The VanValley Box Program

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One of the best things about living in Vancouver is the access to fresh, local produce during the summer months.  Each week, there are nearly a dozen farmers’ markets in the city, offering fruits and veggies from around the Fraser Valley.  But not everyone has the time to get out there and browse all those strawberries, tomatoes and root vegetables.

So along comes a neat new solution from a group of local farmers called VanValley Food Connection.  Essentially, they bring the farmers market to you.   Each week during the summer, members get a specially prepared box of produce from area farms.  Here’s how it works:

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Your Personal Farmers Market: The VanValley Box Program