There is a food revolution going on folks and whether it is organics or the lofty goals of a 100-mile diet, more and more Vancouver urban dwellers are discovering the benefits of their local farmers markets.
Now in their 11th year, Vancouver’s farmers markets are flourishing if our recent visit to the West End market is any indication. Sure there are still the mainstays of any farmers market – the in-season fruits and vegetables but today‘s farmers market is blossoming into much, much more.
Prepared foods such as breads, preserves and spices are now lined up beside the potatoes, lettuce and cherries and the list continues to grow each year with fresh fish, artisan cheese, free range poultry and home-made preserves all being offered for sale.
And if that weren’t enough, how about a quick massage or maybe even a freshly made crepe washed down with some organic, carbon-neutral coffee (in bio-degradable cups of course) while listening to a local singer/songwriter?
On the recent Saturday we attended the West End market, the booths were jam-packed with eager urbanites buying up everything from carrots to raspberries to mixed greens. There was a decidedly relaxed atmosphere as residents slowly meandered through the various tents, talking with the vendors or interacting with each other. It is very evident that the local farmers market is definitely becoming the hottest trend for urban dwellers as not only a place to purchase your locally grown, fresh foods but as a social gathering place – all in the name of healthier eating and the environment.
Vancouver Farmers Markets, operated by Your Local Farmers Market Society, run four markets throughout the week during the summer (May through October) plus a winter market in November through April and a special one-day holiday market in December.
In Vancouver’s West End, the market takes place every Saturday (9am – 2pm) through October 24th in the 1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park.
For those on the east side of town the Trout Lake market also takes place each Saturday (9am – 2pm) in the parking lot of Trout Lake Community Centre (15th Avenue & Victoria Drive).
The Wednesday market at Thornton Park (across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station) operates from 3pm – 7pm and the Kitsilano market (10th Avenue and Larch Street in the parking lot of Kitsilano Community Centre) operates from 10am -2pm on Sundays.
For more information on the Vancouver Farmers Markets visit http://www.eatlocal.org.