Pocket Markets

I am a big fan of the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market. It runs every Sunday from Mother’s Day until October 31 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot of Dogwood Pavilion, on Winslow at Poirier in Coquitlam.

With summer at its peak, there is an amazing variety of fresh local produce available. And the farmer’s market is a great place to find it. If you like to bake, can or freeze, or just eat fresh berries by the fistful, this is the time of year to do it. Local produce is fresher, tastier and more nutritious than its imported cousins. And when you shop at the market, you’re also supporting our local economy.

In addition to its main market, the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market is operating two pocket markets in the Tri-Cities area. Pocket markets are mini farmers markets offering the food their vendors grow or prepare, on their behalf. A fairly new concept in Metro Vancouver, pocket markets allow local producers, especially farmers, to focus their time and talents on growing or preparing food for local distribution and consumption while providing citizens with more locations where they can access fresh and delicious food from a known and trusted source. For the vendors, pocket markets provide an added way for them to get their food directly to your plate. This helps moves our region towards greater self-sufficiency!

Here are the details if you want to visit one of the markets yourself:

Port Moody Pocket Market
Sundays, 10:00am – 2:00pm, June 6 – August 1
Port Moody Recreation Complex [map]

Simon Fraser University Pocket Market
Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 6:00pm, May 19 – October 27
Cornerstone Square [map]
(in partnership with the SFU Local Food group)

Happy local eating!

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