Farmers markets have generally been associated with the summertime – until now.
Not only has Vancouver Farmers Markets’ Winter Market at Nat Bailey Stadium eclipsed Trout Lake farmers market to become the most popular farmers market in the city, this season has been its most successful yet.
All-vendor sales at the Winter Market are up 11 per cent over last year, and there has been a six per cent rise in the number of vendors present at each weekly market compared to last year. With crowd favourites like Food Truck Festival in January becoming a permanent fixture, shoppers are choosing to make a day of their visit to the markets, rather than a quick stop for stocking up on fresh, local goods. This combined with its long season and a lack of competing markets make the Winter Market incredibly popular among vendors.
There are just a few Saturdays left of VFM’s Winter Market before the summer markets begin to launch this spring, starting with Yaletown Farmers Market on Thursday, May 1. With Winter Market numbers like these, it is clear that a bright season is in store for this summer at VFM.