Free Events at Vancouver's Farmers' Markets
(HealthCastle.com) At HealthCastle Vancouver, we’re big fans of Vancouver’s many farmers’ markets. Shopping at a local market is a great way to get food that is fresh and local, to support local growers, and to get a chance to learn more about where your food comes from. Many of the markets in Vancouver regularly feature entertainment like buskers and face painting, creating a family-friendly outdoor shopping environment that makes for a great way to spend a sunny summer day.
There are five farmers’ markets operating throughout the summer in Vancouver, at Trout Lake, Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, the West End, and Thornton Park (Main Street Station). You can get details on the locations and which day each market is open at eatlocal.org.
Beyond the usual entertainment, there are several events coming up at the local markets that provide opportunities for you to get a little more interactive and learn about individual seasonal fruits and vegetables. Keep an eye out for these events, coming up this summer and fall.
Summer and Fall 2012 Vancouver Farmers’ Market Free Events
Berry Festival: On Wednesday, July 18, the Main Street Station market will host this tribute to all things berry. Local berries are in season and there will be loads of berries to buy, plus you can learn about how to cook and preserve these summer treats. There will even be a blueberry muffin bake-off! Berries are full of health-promoting antioxidants as well as folic acid and Vitamin C.
Picnic in the Park: On Sunday, August 12, the Kitsilano market and Kitsilano Community Centre are hosting a picnic and carnival at Connaught Park. In addition to the regular Sunday market, there will be music, games, and even rides!
Corn Festival: On Saturday, August 25, the Kerrisdale market will celebrate peak cron season with a corn-eating competition and more corn-themed activities. Plus, there will be fresh-roasted corn, so you don’t even have to bother cooking to enjoy this local treat! Corn is full of fibre and offers manganese, Vitamin C, and some of the B vitamins, as well as phytonutrients. The big bonus when you buy corn from a farmers’ market is that you can make sure you’re buying non-GMO varieties (ask the farmers).
Tomato Festival: On Saturday, September 15 at Trout Lake and Sunday, September 16 at Kitsilano, there will be tomato tastings and displays so you can learn about all the heirloom varieties not available in stores. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A, C, and C, as well as potassium and lycopene.
Harvest Festival: On Saturday, October 20, the West End will feature cooking demonstrations based on the fall harvest of squash, apples, and pears. If you’re a baker, you can even enter your pie in the pie contest.
So get out and enjoy all the fruits and vegetables the Vancouver area has to offer, and enjoy these free events put on by the local farmers’ markets. It’s an awful lot more fun than shopping in a cold and busy grocery store!