Need fresh? Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Markets Set to Open

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

Nothing says winter like … farm-fresh fruits, veggies, meats and more.

Just as the days are getting shorter and the cold is creeping in, two of Vancouver’s unique winter farmers markets are set to open this month. For locavores, the markets offer a one-of-a-kind chance to stay stocked with fresh-from-the-farm goodness all through the long Vancouver winter (er … rainy) season.

A local institution, the Nat Bailey winter market at Nat Bailey Stadium opens shop on Nov. 7.  Each Saturday through April 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., dozens of vendors from throughout the region come together to offer everything from fresh leafy greens to local cheeses and artisan meats – all outdoors in the parking lot next to the historic stadium in the leafy Riley Park neighbourhood. 

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

The seasonal produce on offer ranges from garden-fresh artichokes, eggplants and salad greens to apples, potatoes and peppers. Other offerings include savory goat milk cheeses and fresh baked breads, as well as hard-to-find organic pork, beef and salmon.

And even when it’s raining – which it often is – there’s plenty to keep shoppers in high spirits. Food trucks serve hot treats and drinks to ward off winter’s chill, while market musicians entertain the crowds of loyal regulars. Artisans also offer a selection of handmade crafts that make perfect holiday gifts.

But Nat Bailey’s not the only game in town. The Hastings Park winter market, held outdoors on the grounds of the PNE, returns for its second year on Nov. 8. Each Sunday through May 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., shoppers can stroll the tree-lined pathways between the historic Forum and Agrodome while stocking up on the freshest and local-est that Vancouver has to offer.

Image sourced from eatlocal.org

Image sourced from eatlocal.org

The market features a great selection of winter produce from local farms, as well as fresh fish, meat and dairy, baked goods and gourmet prepared foods. There’s also plenty to do around the market, from exploring the fountains and manicured grounds of the Italian Garden to dropping by the playground or skateboard park. And, of course, some of the city’s best food trucks are on hand serving up hot treats. Holiday shoppers can also find some great local crafts.

Full details on Vancouver’s winter farmers markets are available on the EatLocal website.

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