Metro Vancouver is home to a bounty of farmers’ markets, which offer visitors fresh, seasonal fruit and veggies, meat and poultry from local suppliers, artisan cheese and breads, hot foods, and crafts. While some markets choose to close up shop for the winter months, a bunch continue to operate, no matter how low the temperature drops.
With seasonal produce, farm-fresh finds, and specialty prepared foods, here is our guide to Metro Vancouver’s winter markets.
Now in its 9th year, this weekly market offers visitors locally-grown fruit and vege, meat, and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft. The market also boasts a variety of food trucks and hot drink vendors, along with live music.
Attendees to the market are encouraged to bring along their food scraps from home to recycle at the market’s Food Scraps Drop Spot, sponsored by the Recycling Alternative and Vancouver Farmers Markets for a $2 fee.
Day/Time: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: November 7 to April 23, 2016 (excluding December 26)
Location: Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street
After a successful trial season last year, Hastings Park Winter Market returns to Vancouver this winter. The farmers’ market, which will be operating for the entire winter season, will feature a diverse selection of local produce, including fish, poultry, meat, dairy and nursery items. In addition to these locally-sourced finds, market-goers will be be able to pick-up artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, and of course, made-to-order meals from hot food trucks.
Day/Time: Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: November 8 to May 1, 2016 (excluding December 27)
Location: Hastings Skatepark, Renfrew Street
Open all year long, the Public Market at Granville Island is a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. There are several produce vendors, along with local food and craft artisans, prepared foods, and much more to see and do.
Day/Time: 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Running until December 13, you will find this Sunday market nestled in a park-like setting at Sungod Recreation Centre, next to Mckittrick Community Garden. Home to an array of local vendors, including farmers, food trucks and carts, local chefs, artisans, jewelers, bakers and craftspeople, there is something for everyone at the North Delta Farmers’ Market.
Day/Time: Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As of November 1 the market hours will be adjusted to 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all remaining 2015 dates.
Dates: The market is scheduled to run until December 13
Location: Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112 Street, Delta
Held under the Cannery roof in Richmond, this winter farmers’ market acts as a gathering place for the local community and provides an opportunity for farmers and artisans to showcase their products. Visitors to the market can enjoy a rustic atmosphere, fresh produce, and a varied selection of prepared foods.
Day/Time:1st and 3rd Sundays of every month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates: October 2015 to April 2016
Location: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
The White Rock Farmers’ Market will run nine winter markets this year, which will feature a range of vendor produced goods, including fresh fruits and veggies, with an en emphasis on locally-grown farm produce. Also available at the market are baked and organic goods, artisan cheeses and breads, condiments and preserves, and fair trade coffee.
Day/Time: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dates: October 18 to December 18
Location: Elks Hall, 1469 George Street, White Rock
This New Westminster winter market offers attendees farm-fresh produce, plants, quality handmade crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, live entertainment, and whole stack more.
Day/Time: 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates:November 7 to April 16 (excluding January 2)
Location: Belmont Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), New Westminster