Vancouver’s Best Farmers’ Markets: Part II – The little guys

It’s that time of year again.  After months of gray skies and drizzle, the sun is shining, pale skin everywhere is finally getting a tan and the farmers’ markets have returned to Vancouver.

In Part I of this post, I looked at Vancouver’s four largest farmers’ markets.  Here’s a quick rundown of some of the lesser-known options in and around the city.

UBC Farm Market, Open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 18-Oct. 15: This unique market is hosted on the site of the UBC Farm, a 24-hectare teaching, research, and community farm on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus and the only working farmland within the city of Vancouver.  It’s a close-knit but growing community of 12 vendors (4 selling primarily farm products) and enthusiastic customers.  The UBC Farm is also a great place to stroll around and enjoy a picnic lunch.

KJM Southlands Farmers’ Market, Open Tuesdays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., May 10-Oct. 11: This brand new farmers’ market is located at the KJM Nursery in Vancouver’s Southlands (7226 Blenheim St., south of Marine Drive).  It features fresh produce and prepared foods, as well as local crafts, children’s activities and an on-site cafe.

Kerrisdale Village Market, Details to be announced: This two-month pilot market will open in Kerrisdale starting in August, when harvest season is at its peak.

Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market, Open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., May 14-Oct. 29: Right on the water at the East Plaza of Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, this market (easily accessed from downtown via the SeaBus) features 20 vendors, with eight selling primarily farm products.  The focus is on organic and conventional produce, as well as prepared goods – from salsas to pastas – and an extensive selection of crafts.  Because this market is at Lonsdale Quay, plenty of restaurant and shopping options are nearby.

Ambleside Farmers’ Market, Open Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., May 15-Oct. 30:  With a great location at the entrance to waterfront Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, this market has 26 vendors, with eight selling primarily farm products.   A wide variety of produce, meat and fish, prepared foods and crafts are sold.  Live acoustic music and a kids’ crafts tent lend a relaxed, lazy-Sunday atmosphere.

There are many more farmers’ markets around Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.  For a fantastic and exhaustive list, check out the BC Farmers’ Market website.

Do you have a favourite market?  Please share feedback below.

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3 Responses to Vancouver’s Best Farmers’ Markets: Part II – The little guys

  1. Don’t forget the Vancouver farmer’s market! Four great locations West End (Nelson Park), Kits (Larch Community Centre), Trout Lake and Main Street (Terminal Station). Granville Island also has one on Thursdays.

    Come check out Klipper’s Organics, I volunteer there and they have the BEST produce ever!

  2. Penny Lewis

    If you want to try something a little further afield, check out the markets in Steveston and Ladner. They operate on alternate Sundays June through July (the first Steveston market was last weekend).

    The Steveston market takes place June 4,5 and 19, July 3 and 17, August 7 and 21 and September 4 and 18. Vendors are growers, farmers, bakers, artisans, and producers of all kinds of food products.

    The Ladner market has over 140 vendors from around the province, who are farmers, producers of food products, growers, and artisans. This year the markets are June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, August 14 and 28 and September 11.

    Both markets have live music and great people watching! They operate rain or shine.

  3. BB

    The proliferation of markets in Vancouver is double edged. It provides more convenience for the consumer, but it can dilute the markets. If you usually go to Kitsilano on Sunday, and now have the option of Kerrisdale on Saturday, what will that do to the turnout in Kitsilano? Many vendors are quite concerned about this. If you are a vendor and suddenly find Kits attendance down 30%, will you continue to sign up? Already, Main Street is very poor and I personally know a number of vendors who will not be back there next year.

    I can only hope the market board has done its marketing homework.