Coquitlam Farmer’s Market Opens Pocket Market in Port Moody


Have you heard of ‘food miles’? The term refers to how far the food that you eat has to travel from the farm to your plate. And it can be pretty far, anywhere from 2500 to 4000 km for a single item that you buy at the store. This is a problem because all that transporting and cooling uses energy and creates greenhouse gas emissions. One small and important step that we can take is to eat local whenever we can.

If you want to eat local, there’s no better place to start than the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market. Started by SFU students in 1996, the market is now in its 14th season and going strong. Vendors offer hand crafts, baked goods, meat and seafood, and processed foods like pickles and jams. But the highlight is the farm-fresh produce. Everything at the market was either made, baked, or grown in BC. The market runs every Sunday until October 26 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot of Dogwood Pavilion, on Winslow at Poirier in Coquitlam.

And starting this Sunday getting your farm-fresh produce is even easier. The Coquitlam Farmer’s Market will be operating a pocket market on Knowle Street, just East of the Port Moody Recreation Complex from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm every Sunday. The market will gather a selection of food from the farmer’s and sell it on their behalf. It’s the perfect chance to stop off and get some local food after your workout or your library visit.

There are lots of great reasons to visit the farmer’s market that go beyond reducing your carbon footprint. Many farmers sell new and interesting fruit and veggies that you can’t find in a supermarket. The food is fresh and tastes great. You’re contributing to our local economy. And it’s a real community experience, giving you a chance to chat with the people who grow and produce your food.

If you do go, be sure to bring your re-usable bags and lots of cash, since most vendors don’t accept other forms of payment. Bring along the kids or the dog (on a leash) and enjoy some great local BC food.

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