Farmers Markets: Making Food Shopping Fun

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Now that it is fall, getting out of the huge super markets is so easy, as farmer’s markets dot the city every weekend. And it is a super fun time. They are kid-friendly and dog-friendly. Shop for local free-range meats and crazy fresh farm-picked produce—think apples and squash—and cool artisan breads and jams. You get a chance to talk to the farmers and the growers and make a connection. The kids love meeting the “farmers” too! You will get a real sense of where your food is coming from. You’ll actually find the tastes are sharper and more exaggerated.The cool thing is that there’s this sort of cumulative effect here. You’ll find yourself wanting more of this food and less of the other stuff. Peppery arugula, tomatoes that snap, meats that you know are antibotic and hormone free. This is how food is suppose to taste. Go hungry as there are loads of samples, and plenty of local food vendors.
It also makes meal planning that much more inspiring.

Vancouver Farmers’ Market Picks

I love Trout Lake Farmers market in east Van. Make an event out of it. Love going in the am… and having a fresh homemade Cinn buns and tea on the bench by the lake before I shop the market Trout Lake Farmers Market
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake Between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley Saturdays, 9am – 2pm each week, May 7 – October 22
I also love the West End Farmers Market. it is a small block and you really feel like we live in a small town. Also a great park to soak up the sun right there.
1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill
Saturdays 9am – 2pm each week, May 28 – October 22
Kitsilano Farmers Market
2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre
Sundays 10am – 2pm each week, May 8 – October 23

Main Street Station at Thornton Park

1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station
Wednesdays 2– 6pm, June 1– October 5
Downtown Market at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
at Georgia & Hamilton
Thursdays 2-6pm, May 5-October 27