West End Farmer’s Market
We missed last weekend’s opening of the summer Farmers Market on Comox (Nelson Park) in the West End because we were on Vancouver Island. So this week we made sure to get there relatively early (10:00) to see what the local farmers had to offer. It was a beautiful sunny morning (finally) and the street was packed. We stopped at the Bean Buggy (first stop on the Bute end of the market) for a fruit smoothie before checking out each stand. Many farmers had local strawberries and greenhouse greens and tomatoes, as well as a selection of tomatoes, pepper and herb plants. After making our way from one end to the other we ended up with…
- baby carrots and cucumbers from Maan Farms (Abbotsford)
- a green house heirloom tomato from Celyddon Farms (Delta)
- a basil plant from Klippers Organic Acres (Cawston)
- three cheeses from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks (Parksville), Herb Fromage Fraise, Qualicum Spiced and Tipsy Jill (always a favorite)
- and a Blackberry Hill (8115 Selkirk St, Vancouver) Bumbleberry Pie
Next week we will be looking for strawberries and snap peas.
The West End Market is the last of the 4 downtown markets to open for the season. The other markets include: East Vancouver (at Trout Lake) Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, Kitsilano (Larch & 10th) Sundays from 10am to 2pm and Main Street (Skytrain Station at Terminal) Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm. Visit http://www.eatlocal.org/ for info.