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

Three ways Canadian Thanksgiving differs from American Thanksgiving

Pumpkins at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market | Facebook photo.

Pumpkins at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market | Facebook photo.

If you’re American and you love a good holiday dinner, the second weekend in October is prime time to head up to Canada. That’s because Thanksgiving celebrations are in full swing here, so you can enjoy turkey and stuffing not once, but twice–six weeks before American Thanksgiving. Score!

So what’s the difference between American and Canadian Thanksgiving? When I taught English in Japan years ago, my students were surprised to hear that there was a difference at all–but indeed, there is.

I freely admit that most of what I know about the U.S. celebration comes from American television and movies. However, I’ve celebrated many a Thanksgiving in Vancouver and can tell you how we do it based on a very scientific survey of People I Know.

Here are three basic differences.

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Three ways Canadian Thanksgiving differs from American Thanksgiving

Feast at the Food Truck Festival Every Saturday in January

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Join the Vancouver Farmers Market every Saturday this month for the January Food Truck Fest. The Vancouver Farmers Market takes place every weekend at Nat Bailey Stadium. In addition to the regular vendors at the Farmers Market, you can now feast with double the number of food trucks usually at the market. The cuisine ranges from breakfast food to Japanese food to Salvadoran food, with food trucks also specializing in grilled cheese or crepes (full list below). With covered seating, live music, and now twice the number of food trucks, you’ll want to go every week.

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Feast at the Food Truck Festival Every Saturday in January

5 fun gift ideas from the Holiday Farmers’ Market, Dec. 17

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It’s better to give than receive, right? But it sure ain’t easy to find the right gift. The 16th annual Holiday Market by Vancouver Farmers’ Markets can help with last-minute shopping for discerning friends and family.

The Holiday Market features 80 local vendors selling crafts and artisan food at the Croatian Cultural Centre, Saturday, December 17. In addition to being a one-stop-shop for last-minute Christmas gifts, the Holiday Market is also an ideal opportunity to scoop up foodstuffs for entertaining guests at home.

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5 fun gift ideas from the Holiday Farmers’ Market, Dec. 17

3 good reasons to hit up the Winter Farmers’ Market Saturday

If you figured farmers’ markets were over when the season turned, think again. The Winter Farmers’ Market is going strong in the east parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium every Saturday now through April 28, with the exception of Dec. 24, and 31.

I called Vancouver Farmers’ Market headquarters to get the top Winter Farmers’ Market headlines. They gave me the lowdown on three unmissable features at the market tomorrow—including details on what’s in season now, organic Christmas trees and a Community Supported Agriculture Fair. Here’s what I found out: Continue reading:
3 good reasons to hit up the Winter Farmers’ Market Saturday