Summertime is synonymous with weekend visits to the local farmer’s market.
Picture this: it’s a weekend morning, the sun is shining, and the farmer’s market is abuzz with shoppers and vendors selling artisanal honey, boisterous gleaming vegetables, and crusty loaves of pungent sourdough. You’ve got a wagon full of goodies in one hand, and an iced lavender latte in the other. Maybe your dog is leashed around your wrist, wiggling their nose as they pass by the cheese table. Not to get too Nancy Meyers about it since farmer’s market weekends don’t have to be a fairy tale – but there are many scattered across Metro Vancouver just waiting for you to visit and have your best weekend ever.
By: Brittany Tiplady
North Shore Markets
“In addition to the talented bakers, jam makers, and honey gatherers, the Lonsdale Farmers’ Market welcomes some of the province’s most popular organic and conventional farmers every week as they set up all along the boardwalk and breathe in the ocean air.”
Sounds like the opening scene of a rom com, doesn’t it? Make Saturday morning a cinematic adventure and hop on the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay for a lively mix of vendors and boutique shopping, right on the water. Visit every Saturday until October 29 from 10- 3 PM.
East plaza at Lonsdale Quay Market -123 Carrie Cates Court
There are farmer’s markets in almost every region of Vancouver, popping up on Saturday or Sunday at cherished spots like Trout Lake, Riley Park, and The West End. Find your closest market, and make it a part of your weekend routine. My personal favourite vendors to catch are Tall Shadow Bakery, Goodfish Seafood, and Creekside Cheese + Creamery.
“A real-world opportunity to support real-world farm students.” This relatively new market has been widely beloved by the community, thanks to the Sustainable Agriculture and Farm School programs at the nearby Kwantlen Polytechnic University. This one happens to be open on weekdays. Visit every Tuesday, rain or shine, from 12-4 PM.
7000 Minoru Boulevard
This volunteer-run market is operated by the Richmond Agricultural and Industrial Society (RAIS), a not-for-profit organization. All funds raised by SFAM go to support activities and projects of the Steveston Community Centre. Catch the next markets: June 18, July 16 & 30, August 6 & 20, and September 3 & 17
4320 Moncton Street
Richmond Country Farms is Richmond’s beloved pumpkin patch, but it’s open daily, year round. Enjoy their bounty of organic produce and wines and their sister winery, Country Vines.
Open daily from 9 AM – 8 PM.
12900 Steveston Highway
Visit @bcfarmersmarket on Instagram to learn about the local farmers and see what’s in season.
There are many ways to get here by transit. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.