Savoring produce at the peak of freshness, meeting the people who raise and grow your food, and admiring the wares of talented artisans and craftspeople; there are countless reasons for supporting our Island’s Farmers' Markets. Listen to live music while you shop for locally made coffee, baking, jams & jellies, honey, jewellery, pottery, textiles, plants, flowers, wine, meat, and exceptional produce! At the Farmers' Market, you’ll find an amazing array of fruits and vegetables that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, rainbows of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, green garlic, watermelon radishes, and more. Food as real as it gets—fresh from the farm, and an added bonus, these farmers, ranchers, butchers, fisherman and artisans are also passionate cooks; who better to give plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling.
Wouldn't you rather stroll colorful outdoor stalls on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store or wander around the mall with its bad lighting and piped in music? Coming to the Farmers' Market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore; it's a community hub - a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or to just get a taste of the unique coastal fare that our beautiful island has to offer.
Here is a list of some of our local Farmers' Markets on Vancouver Island:
Island Roots Summer Market
Working together to increase the community’s economic sustainability, food sustainability and food security, the Island Roots Summer Market starts on Wednesdays, May 16th from 4:00 - 6:30pm. The market runs until October 10th, 2018. Located just off Bowen Road in Beban Park. For more details click the link below
Nanaimo Downtown Farmers' Market
Local Farmers' Market in Downtown Nanaimo with live music, crafts, baking, organic vegetables and more. Located next to the Bastion and by the Harbourfront Walkway on 90 Front Street, Pioneer Waterfront Plaza. The Nanaimo Downtown Farmers' Market runs from June 1st, 2018 to September 14th, 2018, from 10am to 2pm.
Nanaimo Farmers' Market Online
Online Farmers' Market selling locally grown goods serving mid-Vancouver Island areas such as: North and South Nanaimo, Cedar, Duncan, Lantzville, Nanoose, Arrington and Parksville.
Quadra Island Farmers' Market
Quadra Island Farmers' Market starts Saturday, May 5th from 10am - 2pm. The opening week features live music by Dave Blinzinger! A weekly farmers' market on a grassy, treed field just up from the ferry that brings a wide variety of vendors from all over Quadra Island as well as Cortez and Vancouver Island. Locally grown produce, handcrafted soap, artisan chocolates, fresh baking, fair trade spices and teas, award winning maple syrup, wild berry butters as well as books, collectables, jewelry, pottery, photography, glass work, woodworking and imports.
Cedar Farmers' Market
The Cedar Farmers' Market continually hosts local and out of town guests and runs every Sundays, starting on Mothers Day until the end of October and begins early with the clatter of tables and tents. This close family of vendors chat and catch up on the past week's events amidst the squeals of children, sips of coffee and soundchecks from the stage.
Errington Farmers' Market
The Errington Farmers' Market is turning 45! Celebrate the first market of the season to the sound of big cheers to 45 years of community, food security and creative freedom!
At this event the professionals will take the stage first, and then it is a free-for-all for everyone to come play with the ribbons and dance. FUN! Kids at heart of the celebrations will have the opportunity to make their own flower crowns and head wreaths out of daisies and honey suckle vines. CUTE!
Errington Farmers' Market begins on Saturday, May 5 at 10am - 1pm.
Comox Valley Farmers' Market
The Comox Valley Farmers' Market is year round for the best of local food and flavours; it runs every Saturday from 9am until 1pm.
As food prices go up in the grocery stores, one way to reduce your costs is to buy direct from your farmer. This market is 25 years strong and happy to make sure your family gets the best food possible for their table.
Duncan Farmers' Market
The Duncan Farmers' Market is located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island. With over 150 vendors, it's one of the largest markets in British Columbia. All their products are locally grown and produced and offers plenty of fresh foods and artisan wares.
The Duncan Farmers' Market runs from April until October, every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
Qualicum Beach Farmers' Market
Qualicum Beach Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday from 8:30am-12pm; all year round you can enjoy an incredible selection of fresh produce and locally produced goods. Vendors make, bake, or grow the products they offer for sale.
Get to know who produces your food. Discover the wealth of mid-Island production from a wide variety of local home and commercial providers. Learn from them directly about all the joys and challenges of producing quality fruits, vegetables and berries, maintaining heritage varieties and assuring the freshest and best flavoured homemade products are delivered.
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