Thursday, May 6, 2010
So now you know what local means and what local food is available right now. Now it's time to talk about where to find it. Nearly ever city in the Lower Mainland hosts a weekly or bi-weekly Farmer's Market. This is generally the best and easiest way to get farm fresh products. You buy straight from the farmer. You get to know your food producer. You get to ask questions about how your food was grown or produced. It doesn't get any better than that!
Most markets start up the first couple weeks of May. Check the websites to see the official Opening Day. Then get your ass down there and don't forget your reusable shopping bag!
LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS
Burnaby - Burnaby City Hall, Saturdays through October.
Coquitlam - Dogwood Pavilion at Poirier Rec Centre, Sundays through September.
New Westminster - Royal City Farmers Markert at Tipperary Park, Thursdays into October.
North Vancouver - at Lonsdale Quay, Saturdays through October.
Surrey - operates Wednesdays, June through September.
Vancouver - four summer markets operating around the city on various days. Check their website for info.
West Vancouver - Ambleside Park behind the Police Station, Sundays through October.
White Rock - Miramar Village Plaza, Sundays through October.
For more markets all over British Columbia, check the BC Farmers Market website.
Check the website before you go as the hours vary for each market. Many also offer winter markets, starting up in early November. Be sure to check in to your favourite market website when summer is over.