Tag Archives: Produce

Fresh Roots Growing Food Growing Communities

20 Jun

 

If you don’t know about Fresh Roots, it’s a great initiative happening in our community.  It’s actually hard to summarize everything they do in our community, as really it’s quite a bit.  Generally speaking they facilitate outdoor learning for youth in schoolyard gardens.  As part of this initiative they also mentor youth, help build confidence as well as leadership and employment skills. At the same they are teaching youth about healthy food and healthy living.  At the heart of what they do is grow food and that is something you can and should support in a variety of ways. They include:

BUY THEIR PRODUCE

You can buy their produce directly at Vancouver Farmer Markets, specifically Main Street Farmers Market on now until October which happens Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You can also find them at Trout Lake Farmers Market in July and August from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  We expect you’ll also find them at the upcoming Italian Outdoor Markets happening July 13th and August 17th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

ORDER VEGGIE BOX

Fresh Roots offers a Veggie Box Program and we hear there are still some spots available for 2018.  For $20/week you receive a week’s worth of leafy greens, root vegetables and herbs. Their veggies are great for salads, cooked meals and smoothies. You will also receive a weekly e-newsletter containing recipes and updates about their programming.  They offer a variety of options for boxes, some short term, some longer. To learn more about the various offerings, visit their Food Shop.

DONATE GARDEN SUPPLIES

Are you down sizing from a home to an apartment and no longer need all your gardening supplies? If so, Fresh Roots welcomes new and gently used donations of a variety of items including farm tools and supplies. Maybe you have extra canning supplies lying about you no longer use, they are happy to make use of that as well.  They have a long list of items they are happy to take off your hands.  To see what items they need, visit their Wish List. 

ATTEND SCHOOLYARD HARVEST DINNER

On July 5th, Fresh Roots will be hosting a fundraiser, their second annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner at David Thompson Secondary School.   You are invited to come and enjoy an inspired multi-course meal along with an open bar.  Vancouver Chef Karima Chellouf and Chef Kym Nguyen will create a feast from this season’s harvest.  The dinner will be paired with wine from the Hatch and beer from 33 Acres. Ticket prices range from $62.50 – $125 and are available through Eventbrite.

However you choose to support Fresh Roots, we think this is a great initiative worthy of our support.

June 15th Italian Market & Pizza Making Workshops

11 Jun

ItalianMarket2018This Friday, June 15th is the first Italian Market of the season. These outdoor markets are held monthly in the parking lot in front of the Italian Cultural Centre from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. They have a distinctly Italian taste to them which includes the food and the music. At the same time you will see many favourite local vendors in the mix with food, produce and handmade goods. Running along side this Italian Market this Friday, with be Pizza Making Workshops in Beaconsfield Park located directly behind the Italian Cultural Centre.  You will have the opportunity to stretch and cook your own pizza with pizza master, Giueseppe Cortinovis, in their beautiful outdoor pizza oven.  This is a hands-on event that is suitable for all ages.  Two basic pizzas are being offered, but you are invited to bring or buy extra toppings from the market to make the pizza distinctly yours.  Cost of the Pizza Making Workshop is $13 online or $15 at the event.  There will be 4 pizza workshops starting at 5:00 pm. They will continue at 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm. To reserve your spot, visit the Italian Cultural Centre online.

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Winter Markets In East Vancouver  

19 Oct

Pumpkins & SquashVancouver Farmers Market host two great  markets during the winter months. We’ve set out the dates and times below, but both have some great additions to entice you to join them, rain or shine, in January and February.  Hastings Park is showcasing some new vendors that can only be found at Hastings Park including The Smallflower Gluten Free Bakery, Tempea Tempeh, North Pacific Kelp & Wild Foods, Cedar Isle Farms, Georels Smokehouse, Lita’s Mexican Foods.  This February Food Truck February is back at both markets, Nat Bailey Stadium and Hastings Park with the biggest line up ever of food trucks. Purchase a Food Truck Passport and get it stamped at each stop and you have the chance to win a Food Truck Golden Ticket which means a free food truck meal every week for a year!  Just a little extra entice to get out and support local.

Nat Bailey Stadium – November 5 to April 22 / 10 – 2

The biggest Winter Farmers Market is at Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street on Saturday November 5th and runs each Saturday until April 22nd, 2017 save for December 24th and 31st. The market will run each day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Hastings Park – November 6 to April 30 / 10 – 2

If you prefer heading to the farmers market on a Sunday, then be sure to check out the now popular market at Hastings Park.  This farmers market will run every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until April 30, 2017 save for December 25th and January 1st.  The market is located on the PNE grounds by the Hastings Skatepark.

Photo Credit: Deborah Waller

Spring & Summer Farmer Markets In East Van

26 Apr

BerriesThe warm Spring weather is now here which also means more great local produce. We are fortunate to have yet another season of farmers markets lined up which offers us not only produce, but handmade goods, artisans breads, locally made jams, cheese, free range and organic eggs and of course wineries, breweries and makers of spirits are now on hand offering tastings as well.  Each market is unique and offers a little something different. Trout Lake is the largest and a great place to sit down and have a picnic on the spot at the park with your new purchases. River District is one of the smaller markets situated just below Marine Drive at the foot of Kerr Street in SE Vancouver, but generally different vendors than the markets organized by Vancouver Farmers Market.  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is also smaller than Trout Lake, but we love that it’s on a Sunday so giving some options when faced with a busy weekend.  The Italian Market is held on Friday afternoons in front of the Italian Cultural Centre and is a personal favourite. Along with produce, you will find artisans, food trucks, coffee and more. The added bonus is the Italian Cultural Centre usually has a number of other events going on including art on display, live music and/or dancing.  The Main Street Farmers Market is a great afternoon market and perfect for those just leaving downtown for home, or a quick cycle from Mount Pleasant and the Olympic Village.  We have set out below the dates when the markets begin and end for the Spring/Summer season.

Trout Lake Farmers Market:
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday May 7th – October 22nd
Location: North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley

Main Street Station Farmers Market:
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday June 1st to October 5th
Location: 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market:
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Sunday June 12th  – October 9th
Location: Guelph Street between 7th & 8th Avenues (on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park)

River District Farmers Market:
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Every Saturday May 14th  – October 15th
Location: 8683 Kerr Street (at E. Kent Avenue S.)

Il Mercato: Italian Market:
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
June 17th, July 15th and August 19th
Location: Il Centro, Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street (off Grandview Highway)

We encourage you to come out and support these local producers and vendors.

Farmers Market at Main Street/Thornton Park Kicks Off Today!

4 Jun

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Vancouver Farmers Market at Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station kicks off today at 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.   You can expect to find 26 vendors on hand offering local and organic produce, seafood, meat, coffee, cheese, flowers, jewellery, bread, chocolate, honey and much more.  In case you missed the news, local strawberries are out. You are bound to find some at the market.   Come out and support your local makers!

Remember if are planning to take the Skytrain to make your way to this market, you will need to watch for specific trains that stop only at Main Street while the Main Street Skytrain Station is under construction.

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