Can you Dig It? Vancouver’s Community Gardens

Community Garden in Bloom Photo: Rob Weiss

A blaze of colour greeted me as I cycled along the Arbutus Greenway. Enchanted by the sights and smells around me, I felt compelled to investigate the source. Fascinated, I slowed my pace and noticed a small army of urban farmers tending their crops. Unwittingly, I had stumbled upon one of the city’s thriving community gardens. My mouth watered the moment I spotted the fresh, bright red strawberries dangling from the vines and carrot tops poking up through the soil! Intrigued, I felt compelled to learn more. I was delighted to discover that our City is home to over 110 community gardens located in parks, school grounds, roof tops and private property throughout Vancouver.

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Can you Dig It? Vancouver’s Community Gardens

Vancouver Farmers’ Market season opens May 11

Photo source: Eatlocal.org

Photo source: Eatlocal.org

Like a Whitecaps Southsider at the beginning of the Major League Soccer season, I count down the days until the summer Vancouver Farmers Markets open. While soccer friends herald the return of the Mattocks, DeWit or Camilo each March, I cheer for the return of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Empire Valley Beef  and Cropthorne Farms each May.

My ‘season’ starts with Trout Lake and Kitsilano Markets opening on May 11 and 12 respectively. Later, in June the West End (June 1), Main Street Station (June 5), and Kerrisdale (June 15) markets all commence to provide Vancouverites and visitors alike with delicious local eats, live music and handcrafted goodies like ceramics and jewelry.

Breakfast lovers, coffee devotees and food truck followers all have a place at the farmers markets, too. Besides the regulars like La Boheme Creperie, The Bean Buggy and Vij’s Railway Express, new mobile eateries will be added to the repertoire this year.

Between my missions for creamy goat brie and crinkly heirloom tomatoes this summer, I’ll be checking out the various market events. Not only will the summer farmers markets contribute to our community’s pantry but also to our community itself with family, gardening and foodie-focused happenings.

What’s up at your neighborhood farmers market this season? Take a sneak peak after the jump.

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Vancouver Farmers’ Market season opens May 11