Vancouver’s New West Farmers Market is a great market in New Westminster‘s Tipperary Park on Thursdays. It runs from early spring until November.
In addition to the regular weekly farmers markets, the same organization hosts the New West Holiday Market on a weekend in December too.
This article contains the following information about the New West Farmers Market:
The Farmers Market in New Westminster
Formerly called the Royal City Farmers Market, the New West Farmers Market is a really nice market. It takes place on Thursdays near New Westminster’s City Hall. The first day of the season for the market in 2024 is March 28th. The final day of the season is November 7th.
At the market there are lots of artisan vendors as well as a few farmers selling fresh produce. There is also usually live entertainment.
Where and When is the Market
In a typical year, from March until November, the New West Farmers Market can be found at Tipperary Park on Thursdays from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The park is in the 300 block of Royal Avenue less than a block down the street from New Westminster’s City Hall.
The market starts its 2024 season on March 28th at its Tipperary Park location and will run until November 7th.
The New West Farmers Market sets up in the parking lot in the middle of the park. The entrance is near the corner of Royal Avenue and 4th Street. There is on-street parking all around the perimeter of the park including on Royal Avenue, Queens Avenue and 3rd Street.
For the market’s official website visit newwestfarmers.ca.
A variety of vendors set up stands at the market and they sell a wide range of products. On a typical day there are merchants selling baked goods, fresh produce and meats. At the market you can also expect to find jewellery, chocolate, honey, craft distillery beverages and other items.
The New West Farmers Market is run by a non-profit society that operates to promote the purchasing of locally-grown and environmentally-sustainable goods. Vendors from the market also work with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Some of them sell produce to the charity at an especially discounted rate to make fresh produce accessible to those who may not otherwise be able to afford it.
In addition to vendors, there is also usually a musician or two performing at the market each week.
Tips & Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most of your visit to the market.
TIP #1: Tipperary Park is a nice little park. Especially in the spring when the cherry blossoms are out, be sure to explore the Japanese-style Friendship Garden either before or after shopping. The garden is also beautiful in the fall with all its autumn colours.
TIP #2: Don’t forget to take your own reusable shopping bags.
TIP #3: Tipperary Park is just six or so blocks up the hill from Columbia Street, which is the old part of town, and from there it’s just a couple more blocks to the Fraser River. Either before or after shopping, go for a walk along the waterfront and explore the area. It’s a lovely place to stroll and cycle along.
TIP #4: The market is a good place to pick up a lunch or dinner picnic to enjoy at the park or down by the river.
TIP #5: Shop at farmers markets as often as you can. It’s a great way to support local farmers and artisans, get fresh and good quality products, and help keep dollars in the local community.
New West Holiday Market
In addition to the regular farmers markets, just before Christmas there is the New West Holiday Market. It usually takes place on the second weekend in December. In 2023 the outdoor event happened on December 9th and 10th. It took place in front of New West City Hall at 511 Royal Avenue between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm each day.
At this event there are usually over 90 local artisans and food vendors. There are also free craft activities for children as well as live music for shoppers to enjoy. It’s a great event!
To learn more about this Christmas event see our article about the New West Holiday Market.
For more information about this market, see the New West Farmers Market website.
To learn about other places of interest and events in the city, see our article about New Westminster.
For a list of other similar places to do your shopping, click Farmers Markets in the Lower Mainland.
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