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

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    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 7 - October 22, 2016
    • Kitsilano Farmers Market (map): Sundays, 10am - 2pm, May 8 - October 23, 2016
    • West End Farmers Market (map): Saturdays, 9am - 2pm, May 28 - October 22, 2016
    • Main Street Station at Thornton Park (map): Wednesdays, 2pm - 6pm, June 1 - October 5, 2016
    • Downtown Farmers Market (map): Thursdays, 2pm - 6pm, June 2 - October 27, 2016
    • Yaletown Farmers Market (map): Thursdays, 2pm - 6pm, May 5 - October 27, 2016

    • Mt Pleasant Farmers Market (map): Sundays, 10am - 2pm, June 12 - October 9, 2016

    Fall/Winter Vancouver Farmers Market:

    • Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium (map): Saturdays, 10am - 2pm, November - April
    • Hastings Park (map): Sundays, 10am - 2pm, November - May
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    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 Good Food Market at the Italian Cultural Centre (map): every other Wednesday, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, year-round
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    Apples at Farmers Market Vancouver
    Dana Lynch

    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, 10am - 3pm, June 2 - late-September, 2016
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    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 4 - October 29, 2016
    • On-site UBC Farms Evening Market (map): Tuesdays, 4pm - 6pm, June 14 - October/November, 2016
    • On-campus UBC Farms Market (map): Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, June 1 - October/November, 2016
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