9 of B.C.’s best farmers’ markets

Buy straight from the farm without leaving the city

Downtown Farmers Market

The Downtown Farmers Market (formerly the Yaletown Farmers Market) has a new location this year at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Along with the usual fresh produce, meat, eggs and fresh fish, this one features local craft beer, wine and spirits.

Where: Corner of Georgia and Hamilton St.
When: Every Thursday to Oct. 27, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

West End Farmers Market
Right next to Nelson Park, this market offers local produce, foods and crafts with an overabundance of fantastic pastries.
Where: Comox St., between Thurlow and Bute
When: Every Saturday to Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Founded in 2013, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market has become a neighbourhood institution. Features familiar vendors like Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Blue Comet Seafoods, Farmer Koo, new ones like Honest Food Farms and Urban Digs, and, what do you know, a Food Swap.
Where: 2300 Guelph St., Vancouver
When: Every Sunday to Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Main St. Station Farmers Market
Commuters alert: midweek market, just a stroll from the SkyTrain. Why wait until the weekend to get your fresh veggies?
Where: 1100 Station St. Vancouver
When: Every Wednesday to Oct. 5, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sea to Sky Market
Could be the most scenic local shopping you will do all summer, at the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola. The night market features jewellery designers, specialty foods and home decor. Stay after for live music in the shadow of the peaks.
Where: Sea to Sky Gondola 36800 BC-99, Squamish
When: Every Friday to Aug. 26, 4 to 9 p.m.

Penticton Farmers Market
On your Okanagan road trip, stop in at the market, which occupies most of the downtown.
Where: Main Street (you won’t miss it)
When: Every Saturday to Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Salt Spring Market
Yes, this one is worth the ferry trip. Pick up your chevre, hemp skirt or bottled kombucha, and rest assured that vendors “make it, bake it, or grow it” themselves.
Where: Centennial Park in Ganges
When: Every Saturday to Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victoria’s Public Market
Victoria’s long-standing market in the historic downtown Hudson building gets additional day vendors from Wednesday to Sunday, including farmers, fishers, butchers and bakers.
Where: 1701 Douglas St.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Sunday, 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Moss St. Market
The artisan breads draw crowds, and the hot vendors have a particularly wide array of lunch items, including bento boxes, fresh local sausage on a roll, tamales, samosas and curries.
Where: 1330 Fairfield Rd.
When: Saturdays to Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.