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Guide to Vancouver Farmers Markets

Eating Local in Vancouver


By now, we all know the benefits of eating local--it keeps our carbon footprint low, helps the environment and supports our local growers and farmers. But there's a great foodie benefit too: Fresher fruits and vegetables burst with greater flavour than their flown-in counterparts.

Vancouver Farmers Markets have been flourishing in the city since their debut in 1995. Along with produce and plants, you'll also find crafts, prepared food, farm-raised meats and local seafood.

See also: Complete Guide to Eating Local Foods in Vancouver, BC

1. Vancouver Farmers Markets - Summer & Fall/Winter

Vancouver Farmers Markets: Trout Lake Farmers Market
Photo by Dana Lynch

The eponymous Vancouver Farmers Markets are organized by a society of local farmers markets. There are five Vancouver Farmers Markets open in summer, and one open through fall/winter.

Summer Vancouver Farmers Markets:

  • Trout Lake Farmers Market (map): Saturdays, 9am - 2pm, May 10 - October 18, 2014
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market (map): Sundays, 10am - 2pm, May 11 - October 19, 2014
  • West End Farmers Market (map): Saturdays, 9am - 2pm, May 31 - October 18, 2014
  • Main Street Station at Thornton Park (map): Wednesdays, 3pm - 7pm, June 4 - October 1, 2014
  • Kerrisdale Farmers Market (map): Saturdays, 10am - 2pm, June 14 - October 11, 2014
  • Yaletown Farmers Market (map): Thursdays, 2pm - 6pm, May 1 - October 2, 2014

  • Mt Pleasant Farmers Market (map): Sundays, 10am - 2pm, June 15 - October 12, 2014

    Fall/Winter Vancouver Farmers Market:
  • Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium (map): Saturdays, 10am - 2pm, November 2, 2013 - April 26, 2014


2. Fresh Roots Urban Society Market Stand - Year-Round

Photo by Scott Bell, via Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

The CSA Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society has a year-round Market Stand where you can buy produce and flowers grown at Vancouver schoolyard once a month.

  • Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society Market Stand (map): Every first Thursday of the month, 3pm - 5pm, year-round

3. Oak Street Farmers Market - Summer/Early Fall

vancouver farmers markets
Photo by Dana Lynch

The Oak Street Farmers Market is the only Metro Vancouver farmers market to sell only organic produce and meat.

  • Oak Street Farmers Market (map): Wednesdays, 3pm - 7pm, June 4 - October 29, 2014

4. Granville Island Farmers Market - Summer/Early Fall

vancouver farmers markets: granville island farmers market
Photo Courtesy of granvilleisland.com

Vancouver's oldest farmers market opens for summer right next to the Granville Island Public Market (where you can find local produce/meats/seafood year-round).

  • Granville Island Farmers Market (map): Thursdays, 9am - 3pm, June 6 - late-October, 2014

5. UBC Farms Market - Summer/Early Fall

Fresh, local produce box from UBC Farms
Image Courtesy of UBC Farms

University of British Columbia (UBC) is home to UBC Farms, which hosts summer farmers markets from June - October.

  • On-site UBC Farms Market (map): Saturdays, 9am - 1pm, June - October, 2014
  • On-campus UBC Farms Market (map): Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, June - October, 2014

6. Shangri-La Farmers Market - Summer

vancouver farmers markets: shangri-la farmers market
Image Courtesy of Shangri-La

An atypical "luxury" farmers market organized by the Shangri-La Hotel, this downtown farmers market specializes in local, gourmet prepared foods.

Shangri-La Farmers Market (map): Alternate Sundays (twice monthly), May - September (2014 Dates TBA)

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