Farmers’ Markets! Have you ever had the luxury of biting into a non-pesticide, non-gmo shenanigans fruit?
It’s another level to bite into that home-grown apple. Allowing that fruit to flourish at its own pace. Above all, That surge of ripeness. I felt that the moment when I first bit into a strawberry that I was handed from my mother. I will never forget it. My taste buds just shot into an array of kaleidoscopic bliss. My exact thoughts were, “this is what heaven must feel like.” Call me dramatic but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
Head over to the Farmer’s Market this weekend.
There you will find ruby red raspberries, pearly blueberries and icy cucumbers waiting for you. Or you can actually order your produce online and have it ready for pick up. But then you really miss a whole day of food trucks, buskers, random run-ins with your friends and also the opportunity of perambulating like the late Anthony Bourdain. Choose to stroll on a sunny day and shopping for produce becomes no longer a chore. To touch, feel and connect with your food and to converse with these gifted, passionate farmers behind it. Now that will be a sought-out meal you’ll be looking forward to preparing. Oh and the flavours those produce will take you.
Oh, oh, here’s another thing why that special meal will be ultra-satisfying. Farmer’s Market got a huge heart. In addition, They have something called Fresh to Families Fund where it currently supports 175 families in Vancouver living with low income. They’ve also partnered up with Our Community Bikes where you’re invited to bring an old bike to the market on these dates;
Trout Lake: Saturday, June 12
Kitsilano: Sunday, July 11
West End: Saturday, August 14
Donated bikes will be refurbished, providing training opportunities for new mechanics who are underrepresented and at-risk youth.
Come on now *cue slow clap* Well done Vancouver Farmer’s Market for just being “wholesome”.
1. Kitsilano Farmers Market
Time – Sunday, 9:30am – 2:30pm from May 2 – Oct 31
Address – 10th Ave. & Larch St
Parking is limited and restricted to residents on nearby streets. So, Park on 12th Avenue, Broadway or in the community centre lot on Larch
2. Downtown Farmers Market
Time – Wednesday, 2pm – 6pm from June 2nd – Oct 6th
Address – šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
Street pay parking is available on Howe and Hornby. Moreover, Ample underground pay parking nearby at Easy Park or Impark lots.
3. Mt Pleasant Farmers Market
Time – Sunday, 10am – 2pm from May 23 – Oct 31
Address – 8th ave and Guelph (next to Dude Chilling Park)
Mt pleasant farmers market has plenty of nearby street parking so don’t worry.
4. Riley Park Farmers Market
Time – Saturday, 10am-2pm from May 1-Oct 30
Address – 30th Ave. & Ontario St
Ample shopper parking available in Nat Bailey overflow lot or Riley Park lot.
5. Trout Lake Farmers Market
Time – Saturday, 9am-2pm from May 1-Oct 3
Address – 13th Ave. & Lakewood Dr
There is no designated parking at the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market or surrounding areas. If at all possible, please walk, cycle or take transit. There are four designated accessible parking spaces at the east end of the market along Templeton Drive.
6. West End Farmers Market
Time – Saturday, 9am-2pm from May 22-Oct 30
Address – 1100 Comox Street
Parking is very limited in the local area – mostly resident permit parking. However, you can find the closest metered parking on Burrard or Davie Street with a small amount on Thurlow just north of Nelson Park.