Local Farmers’ Markets Opening

Coquitlam Farmers Market Sundays 2013

The Coquitlam Farmers Market has become a local institution. It’s the second oldest market in the region, opening just one year after the Vancouver market at Trout Lake. And market fans such as myself were excited when the 17th season kicked off earlier this month. The market happens every Sunday until the end of October from 9:00am-1:00pm in the Dogwood Pavilion parking lot at Winslow and Poirier.

In addition to the main weekly market on Sunday mornings, there will be a new pocket market opening June 7, 2013 at the Port Moody Recreation Complex. That market will run Fridays from 3:00-7:00pm until October 25, 2013. With the success of the winter market in the same location, the market is hoping that this Port Moody market will take off.

If you were a fan of the Spirit Square market, we have sad news for you. That market won’t be running this year, as resources are directed towards Port Moody.

All the local produce isn’t reserved for Coquitlam and Port Moody. The Port Coquitlam Farmers Market is kicking off on June 6, 2013. That market will run Thursdays from 3:00-7:00pm at Leigh Square, until September 26, 2013.

If you haven’t been to a local farmers’ market before, you’re in for a treat. This is a different kind of shopping experience, which offers you a chance to buy food and handmade products you can feel good about. If you want to know exactly how your lettuce was grown, you want to taste the incredible flavours of fresh, local berries, or you’re looking for a unique gift for someone special in your life, the market is a great bet. Here are our tips for farmers’ market shopping success:

  • Bring reusable bags. It’s better for the earth, reusable bags hold more, and you’ll look like one of the cool kids. Plus, not all vendors offer plastic.
  • Bring cash. A few vendors offer credit or debit, and some markets have a system that allows you to use your bank card to purchase market money, but your best bet is to carry cash.
  • Scout out the market first. When you arrive, take a quick walk around to see what’s available. That way you can find the best tomatoes, ripest raspberries and most delicious desserts before you buy.
  • Allow extra time. Visiting the farmers’ market is not an in-and-out shopping experience. You’ll run into your friends and neighbours. Your kids will enjoy crafts and activities. You may want to buy some food from a food truck to eat on site, or pause to enjoy the buskers. The more time you give yourself, the more enjoyable the experience will be.
  • Ask questions. Farmers’ market vendors are only too happy to answer your questions about the goods they’re selling. So if you want to know where that lettuce comes from, what’s in those cookies, or how to store garlic scapes, fire away!

See you at the market!

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