Sunshine and warmer temperatures always make us want to be healthier peeps. We’re out for longer walks with the pups, riding our bikes along the seawall, and, most importantly, loading up on fruit and veggies rather than the comfort food we craved during the winter months.
If you’re looking for the freshest and tastiest good-for-you food, look no further than your local farmers’ markets. Their tables are positively groaning with juicy berries, crunchy apples, fragrant herbs, hormone-free chicken, and creamy artisanal cheeses that are ethically-sourced. And, the produce is often picked fresh from the field that morning or the day before – you can’t get fresher than that!
Another reason to shop local? It’s better for our environment. We learned from the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets that the fresh produce sold at BC farmers’ markets usually travels less than 300km to get to us. Compare this to the average North American meal, which travels 2,400km to get from field to plate and contains ingredients from five countries in addition to our own. All that transportation results in a lot of fossil fuels being burned, which contributes to air pollution, acid rain, and climate change. Makes you think…
We’ve rounded up a selection of farmers’ markets that we enjoy shopping at each week, and know you will to…
Kerrisdale Village Farmers’ Market
Where: East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue – near Kerrisdale Arena
When: Saturdays, June 14th to October 11th | 10am to 2pm
Kitsilano Farmers’ Market
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre parking lot, 2690 Larch Street
When: Sundays, May 11th to October 19th | 10am to 2pm
Main Street Station Farmers’ Market
Where: 1100 block of Station Street, across from the VIA Rail Station
When: Wednesdays, June 4th to October 1st | 3pm to 7pm
Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market
Where: Guelph Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park
When: Sundays, June 15th to October 12th | 10am to 2pm
Trout Lake Farmers’ Market
Where: North parking lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake
When: Saturdays, May 10th to October 18th | 9am to 2pm
West End Farmers’ Market
Where: 1100 block of Comox Street, across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill
When: Saturdays, May 31st to October 18th | 9am to 2pm
Yaletown Farmers Market
Where: Mainland Street between Davie Street and Helmcken Street
When: Thursdays, May 1st to October 2nd | 2pm to 6pm
For a full listing of farmers’ markets in BC, click here.
What’s your favourite farmers market in BC? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.