The 100 Mile Diet started in Vancouver, so it’s no wonder everyone here is obsessed with local fare. We’re also blessed with a bountiful crop of farmers markets, most of which stay open through October. Here are the summer’s must-visits.
This parking lot produce party is known for its experimental farmers and their cutting-edge crops. Think personal-sized melons, hothouse strawberries and heirloom everything. Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Arts Club Theatre.
The perfect meal: A loaf from Bread Affair, organic cheese from Goat’s Pride, a basket of Fraser Valley berries and a sunny spot by Trout Lake. Participate in a cookbook swap and get some inspiration – and supplies – for dinner. Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Trout Lake Community Centre.
Main Street Station
Spice up hump day with a visit to the Thornton Park market. Grab a hot dinner or catch a chef demonstration and pick up some ingredients to replicate the recipe at home. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Thornton Park.
Bike to the market and take advantage of the market’s valet and maintenance services, or leave your groceries with a cycling porter for home delivery. You can even get an eco-audit of your home. Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Kitsilano Community Centre.
This posh, ocean-view West Van artisan market offers a book exchange, a newspaper reading area, live music, Shiatsu massages and chess tables. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bellevue Ave., between 13th St. and 14th St.
Image courtesy of S Vacher.