Vancouver loves farmers markets. During the summer months, they seem to pop up everywhere. Though the cool months may not yield as large a harvest, the city's market still offers a variety of choices during the wintertime.
The Winter Farmers Market sets up at Nat Bailey Stadium and usually runs from early November through the end of April, so you will be set all winter long. The market sells seasonal produce like potatoes, squash, broccoli, greens and herbs, along with meats, cheeses and seafood. There are also several food trucks to explore while you’re there.
Fresh winter produce at the Vancouver Farmers Market — Photo courtesy of Vancouver Farmers Market
The farmers market is one of the best ways for locals and Vancouver visitors to get up close and personal with the farmers, growers, bakers and producers of these fine foods. What better way to learn more about the area's agriculture than to speak to the people behind the goods?
A visit to the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market is fun for the whole family. On a nice day, kids can play in the park and nearby jungle gyms. Within walking distance of the market is The Community Centre at Hillcrest, complete with an ice skating rink (and swimming pool, too). Taking kids for a skate before or after the market is another option.
When flakes are falling, take advantage of the ample, snow-covered grounds. Burn off some energy with a snowball fight, or build a snowman.