Alex and I are Vancouver BC for the weekend. Of course the first place we headed this morning was the Winter Farmer’s Market. It’s held Saturdays 10-2 from Nov. 3 to April 27, closed Dec. 29. The location is a great big parking lot, the Nat Bailey Stadium east parking lot.
They promised more than 60 vendors and delivered at least a hundred. The market requires at least 60% original food producers, farmers first, and encourage craft food vendors to use products from the farmers. There were lots and lots and lots of farmers. Also bakers, artisan food makers, a few non-food artisans, and a wide variety of interesting food trucks. (I got beignets!)
This is recognizably our food ecosystem. The farmers stocked foods that we can get in Kitsap farmers markets. At this time of year: greens; root vegetables, including onions, beets, carrots, potatoes, rutabagas; brassicas, cabbage and broccoli and brussels sprouts on the stalk; and a profusion of colorful winter squashes. There were fresh apples and apple cider, frozen blueberries, and honey. One enterprising vendor sold sprouts. For protein there was fresh caught fish, and poultry vendors who sold chickens, ducks, and chicken parts – the BC butchering laws must be different.
The market was crowded, even on a heavily rainy day. There were two different sets of musicians. The farmers seemed to be cheerful too.
Poulsbo and Bainbridge have both pushed their markets to the end of December. Bainbridge has gone indoors now but the Poulsbo Farmers Market is still vending outdoors. It would be very interesting to check back in with the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market in, say, February, to see what the vendors are offering. Maybe take a field trip up to the market as a group to check it out?