[Green Spotlight] Vancouver’s farmers markets and food co-ops

Bicycle Valet available at most Vancouver Farmers Markets! (Credit: Paul Joseph - Flickr)

Did you know that there are over 125 farmers markets throughout British Columbia?! And Vancouver is lucky to be home to many of these great farmers markets as well as food co-cops. With the sun finally gracing the city with his presence, it’s time for Vancouverites to eat, play and SHOP outside!

Here’s a list of some of the most popular and some not so well known farmers markets and food co-ops that we think you should definitely check out!

1. Support B.C. Farmers & Businesses: Vancouver Farmers Markets

As summer creeps around, Vancouver Farmers Markets are sprouting up around the city to supply our neighbourhoods with produce, poultry, baked goodies, arts & crafts, massages (the list goes on!) from BC farmers and small businesses. These markets open once a week (dates vary) until the fall.

Last weekend, the Trout Lake Farmers Market opened and this weekend will be the opening date of the Kitsilano Farmers Market – check out their website for hours and other locations.

If you need your Farmers Market fix during the winter, don’t forget that there is also a Winter’s Farmers Market by Nat Baily Stadium and the annual Christmas Market!

Website: http://www.eatlocal.org

Twitter: @VanMarkets

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vanmarkets

2. A Wednesday Evening Market: Oak Street Farmers Market

While most Farmers Markets usually take place during morning and early afternoon on weekends, Oak Street Farmers Market will happen every Wednesday late afternoon to evening from 3pm to 7pm. The market is proudly offering “local and organic produce and the yummiest prepared foods!”; don’t ruin your dinner by snacking while shopping!

Mark your calendars, Oak Street Farmers Market will launch June 1st with a Grand Opening Celebration, featuring a program of musical performances highlighted with speeches by Andrea Reeimer (Vancouver City Councilor), Rex Weyler (Greenpeace International Founder and Author) and Mary Forstbauer (Organic Farming Leader)!

Website: http://www.oakstreetmarket.ca/

Twitter: @OakStreetMarket

3. Organic & BC-Grown: Home Grow-In Cambie Market

Located on Cambie Street by West 14th Ave, the Home Grow-In Cambie Market opened earlier this year to serve the community with only fresh, organic and BC-grown produce. This market joins the family of other Home Grow-In divisions – Wholesaler and Buyer’s Coop.

Open throughout the year

The Home Grow-In Cambie Market is an indoor retail market and is open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year!

Website: http://www.home-growin.com

4. Beyond Vancouver: BC Association of Farmers’ Markets

Not living in Metro Vancouver? No problem, the BCAFM has an extensive list of markets in the province. All the produce, foods and crafts at these markets are locally grown or made. Check out the full listing – with more than 125 Farmers Markets, there must be one near you!

Website: http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/index.htm

Twitter: @BCFarmersMarket

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Support-BC-Farmers-Markets-and-Local-Farmers/135135406502588

5. One of the First: East End Food Co-op

It wouldn’t be a complete list without mentioning East End Food Co-op, the only consumer-owned grocery store in Vancouver since 1975. Operating similar to your conventional grocer, the Co-op is open 7 days a week (9am to 9pm). Members can vote for the board, have a say on what goes on shelves and also qualify for a year-round discount. The Co-op proudly supports local farmers, vendors and businesses, as well as shares profits with the community.

Website: http://east-end-food.coop

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/East-End-Food-Co-op/126686640693607

It’s easy to support BC Farmers and businesses!

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