Ever heard of Veggie Thursdays? No? Well, since 2013, the Vancouver Farmers Market has been operating the non-profit Yaletown Farmers Market every Thursday (2:00pm to 6:00pm), practically in our backyard! (OK technically we don’t have a yard, we’re in a cool old brick building in YT, but you get the gist.)
The vendors start setting up at about noon, and you can absolutely buy the greenest organic kale, the crispest purple or yellow carrots (if you find ubiquitous orange ho-hum), and the crunchiest rhubarb, but our market is so much more than that. Read on for insiders’ tips, our faves and more!
Rootables Chips – Incredibly fancy and totally delicious potato chips, made in small batches with easily pronounceable ingredients (wink), like the White Truffle variety: just potatoes, canola oil, truffle oil, parsley and salt. We recommend buying two bags at a time. They’re that good.
Easily the most popular vendor: Purebread. Expect long lines. (Sad face.) So if you’re planning on snagging — oh we don’t know — an olive rosemary loaf or some cheddar jalapeno bread, make sure you arrive about 10 minutes before the market opens or head there later in the day, to beat the crowds. But be warned: shopping later is risky because whatever you’re craving could be sold out. For reals.
If savoury isn’t your thing, there are tons of options for satisfying the sweet toothed. We recommend Valley Gold Bee Co., Maples Sugar Shack and Frost Bites. Valley Gold Bee Co. offers a wide variety of fragrant and delicious honey (such as blueberry blossom and cranberry blossom), while you’ll find all things maple (syrup, butter, taffy and more) at Maples Sugar Shack. Frost Bites carries bottles and bottles of all-natural cordials, which can be used in cocktails, sodas and as snow cone toppers, to name a few.
On the Move
We aren’t able to talk about all the awesome stuff at our market, so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself. From now until May 26, 2016, they will be at 1200 Mainland, but pretty soon our studio will have to travel a little further afield: on June 2, 2016, the FM is relocating to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (649 Cambie Street at Georgia). See you there!
Yaletown Farmers Market
Thursdays, from May to October, 2:00pm to 6:00pm
1200 Mainland until May 26, 2016
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (649 Cambie Street at Georgia) June 2, 2016, onwards