BY JULIE CHENG
There’s nothing like the taste and nutrition of fresh fruits and vegetables picked at the peak of the season. Summer is a great time to take advantage of local-grown fruits and veggies found at various farmers markets and market stalls around our neighbourhood.
Whether you walk, bike or Skytrain, the trip will be well worth the effort!
Windermere Garden Market
Tuesdays (July 12 – end of August)
Time: 11:00 am–2 pm
Location: In front of Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce Street
Students from Windermere Secondary School’s Organic Garden are offering their fresh and organic produce to the community! Pick up local veggies and support Windermere students.
Curbside Fresh Market
Thursdays (until September 29)
In front of Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce Street
Curbside Fresh Market, a project of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, sells locally grown, lower-priced, fresh produce and market staples at Collingwood Neighbourhood House on Thursdays. Buy from a selection of in-season fruits and veggies, including tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, peaches, cherries, apples and more!
MERCATO Italian Market
Friday, August 19
Friday, November 25
3075 Slocan Street and Grandview Highway
The city’s only Italian market is right in our backyard! This unique market brings together the tastes of Italy with the produce grown in local farms. Shop for fresh fruit and veggies, hand-made products and delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef.
River District Farmers Market
Saturdays until October 15
10 am-3 pm
Kerr Street Plaza – 8683 Kerr Street
One block South of SE Marine Drive
This is the only riverfront market in Vancouver. Shop for fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and hand-made products produced by farmers and artisans. Stay for live music, a delicious meal at Romer’s Burger Bar and enjoy the waterfront, playground and pier. If you live nearby, please consider walking or biking.
Trout Lake Market
Saturdays until October 19
9 am to 2 pm
North parking lot of Trout Lake (John Hendry Park)
One of the longest-running and most popular markets in Vancouver, Trout Lake Market is always jam-packed. There are often lineups for the food trucks such as Vij’s Railway Express.
But it’s not all about food. The scene is colourful and festive with musicians playing and face-painting for kids and kids at heart. In addition to the fresh produce, from apples and peaches to beets and turnips, you can pick up fresh-baked bread and pies, meat and cheese, salmon and free-range chicken, and lots more. If it’s organic, even better!
Skytrain stop: Nanaimo station.
Downtown Market at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Thursdays until October 27
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
If you’re downtown you can shop fresh weekly for quality fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and craft, fresh fish, and local craft beer, wine and spirits.
Or take the Skytrain to the Chinatown-Stadium station and head down Beatty Street and turn west on Georgia Street.
Before the market, grab some lunch and head across Georgia Street to the CBC and take in the sounds of summer at CBC’s Musical Nooners. These free, live music concerts run every weekday on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson), Monday to Friday from 12-1 pm.
Julie Cheng is the editor of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News. She tries to purchase fresh local produce whenever possible.
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