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
    ••• 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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    ••• Schoolyard market in Vancouver, BC. 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
    ••• 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
    ••• 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