BC Farmers’ Market season is back and better than ever! Locals and travellers alike are invited to explore buzz-worthy up-and-coming food businesses, local artists and artisans and more at this year’s farmers’ markets across the province. Visitors are also encouraged to use the BC Farmers’ Market Trail, a free, easy-to-use resource for finding markets by name, region, community, season or other key features, such as dog friendly or wheelchair accessible. Over 145 markets will be in operation across 10 regions of the province, including 30-plus markets in the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver regions! Here’s a guide to our top 10 must-visit mouth-watering vendors and local small businesses you can discover in during this year’s farmers’ market season, which runs until early-mid September, depending on the market!
Find handcrafted bags and accessories made of cork, harris tweed and other sustainable textiles by local artisan Deb Baldrey at the Coquitlam Farmers’ Market. Each handmade item is inspired by beautiful textiles from around the world and made with love! From toiletry bags to electronic device cases and more, Deb Baldrey Textile Arts is a must-visit for all your gifting needs!
Known for their delicious superfoods (mushrooms), Whistler Harvest will be popping up at various markets this season bringing their wild, cultivated and dried mushrooms with them. From Lions Mane to Maitake and more, Whistler Harvest is a foodie’s paradise. Check out their Grow Your Own Mushroom kits and try your hand at growing healthy, tasty and beautiful mushrooms from the comfort of your own home!
It’s not a visit to the market without a fresh-baked treat. Proudly made from scratch in Vancouver, Ça Croustille Bakery is known for its hand-crafted pastries with simple, clean and high-quality ingredients. Find them at markets across Metro Vancouver this year, including the Port Moody Farmers’ Market, and treat yourself to a flaky French croissant or two!
Find an adorable crochet friend at the Coquitlam Farmers’ Market this summer from Minnie’s Crochet Friends! These handmade crochet stuffies come in all shapes and sizes and make a perfect gift for any kid or let’s be honest, adult, in your life! Inspired by the owner’s rescue cat, Minnie, these crochet cuties are a definite must-see.
With a small bakeshop located on their farm in Maple Ridge, during opening hours there is always a variety of macarons ready for purchase with 10-14 different flavours being offered weekly. Macarons are baked fresh during the week and can be purchased in a variety of different box sizes. You can find Kizzy’s Macarons at Haney Farmers’ Markets in Maple Ridge on Saturdays.
Based in Maple Ridge, Triple W Acres combines ancient Chinese farming knowledge and Canadian organic practice, to grow vegetables and herbs naturally, bringing the best quality and tastes to their customers. You can find them at the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Markets on Thursdays.
Guided by early moonshine practices and boundless creativity, Mainland Whisky‘s small-batch whisky and liqueurs are made in a hybrid reflux still with organic corn and malted barley. Handmade in South Surrey, they are certified craft with no additives and non-chill filtered. Mainland Whisky is also made without concentrates, using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. You can find them at the New West Farmers’ Markets on Thursdays.
Made in Maple Ridge, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters is the brainchild of two young sisters who started this company and fell in love with making cheese. Find them at a number of markets this summer, including the Vancouver Trout Lake Farmers Market, or stop by their shop in Maple Ridge where you can get a front row seat to watch their cheese being made!
Wherever your summer travels take you, treat yourself to a gastronomic adventure through BC’s Farmers’ Markets this summer using the BC Farmers’ Market Trail as your go-to guide for exploring the freshest food and goods BC has to offer!