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New West Farmers Market in New Westminster

New Westminster Farmers Market

Vancouver’s New West Farmers Market is a great market in New Westminster‘s Tipperary Park in spring, summer and fall. It runs from April to November.

 

The Farmers Market in New Westminster

Formerly called the Royal City Farmers Market, the New West Farmers Market is a really nice medium-sized market.

Since the outbreak of COVID, the market has just been operating at its venue in the park. In the past it has also had a winter market, in the Uptown neighbourhood of New Westminster, but they don’t operate that anymore. There was, however, the New West Holiday Market on December 11th and 12th in 2021. For details, see the New West Farmers Market‘s website.

 

New West Farmers Market
New West Farmers Market in Summer

 

Where and When is the Market

In a typical year, from May until November, the New West Farmers Market can be found at Tipperary Park on Thursdays from 3:00 until 7:00 pm. The park is in the 300 block of Royal Avenue just a block or so down the street from New Westminster’s City Hall.

The last day of the market in 2020 was November 12th. The market started back up again at its Tipperary Park location on April 1st in 2021. The final day of the regular 2021 season was November 4th. In 2022, the market opened for the season on March 31st and it’ll run until November 3rd.

The 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.


 

Market Vendors

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, meats, jewelry, 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, at least in the summer and when there isn’t a virus pandemic.

 

Musicians at New West Farmers Market

 

Tips and Advice

Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to the market.

TIP #1: Don’t forget to take your own reusable shopping bags.

TIP #2: 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 #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, in 2021 there was a New West Holiday Market on December 11th and 12th. The outdoor event happened in front of New West City Hall at 511 Royal Avenue between 10:00 am and 4:00 each day.

At the event in December last year there were over ninety local artisans and food vendors, plus free craft activities for children as well as live music for shoppers to enjoy. It was a great event! Details about the event in 2022 are to be confirmed.

 

Other Information

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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