The Cannery Farmers’ Market is a winter market at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond‘s Steveston Village on Sundays from October until April.
FARMERS MARKETS CANCELLED
Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak the winter markets scheduled for March 22nd, April 5th and April 19th have all been cancelled. No more markets will be taking place in the 2019/20 season. Hopefully they will be back up and running in the fall.
For details about this and other affected events see our article about the Coronavirus Event Cancellations in Metro Vancouver.
Steveston’s Cannery Farmers’ Market
Running from late October until the end of April, the Cannery Farmers’ Market is a bi-weekly event that runs from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.
2020 Market Dates
Market dates in early 2020 are February 9 & 23, March 8 & 22 and April 5 & 19. So it takes place most months during the winter (but not all), and it takes place roughly once every two weeks (but with some exceptions).
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a national historic site that showcases the region’s fishing industry and salmon cannery-related history. It’s a museum with interesting displays about salmon and antique fish-canning equipment.
Admission to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is usually around $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for children less than 18 years of age. On market days, however, the attraction is free for everyone (which makes it an exceptional time to go)!
What to Expect on Market Day
Around three dozen or so vendors participate in the Cannery Farmers’ Market, so it’s about an average-sized market. Up to about half a dozen vendors set up outside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery building, and another 24 to 30 or so set up right inside the national historic site.
At the market there is usually a local musician or band playing live music. There are also vendors selling everything from exotic soaps to jewellery, cards, candles, gourmet chocolate, honey and homemade jams and other food items. There is sometimes a person selling handmade clothing or leather goods, and a farmer or two selling fresh produce, eggs and/or organic meats.
The market subscribes to the Canadian Farmers Market philosophy of “make it, bake it, grow it, catch it” which means products you’ll find for sale are local and have been handmade, home-grown or caught by locals.
The Cannery Farmers’ Market calls itself a “farmers market,” and it is, but it’s really more of a “winter market” or “artisan market.” Whatever it technically is, it’s a great market and makes for a nice bonus for people visiting the national historic site.
We like this market for a number of reasons including the fact that it’s at a historic site that offers free admission (on market days) and that Steveston Village is a beautiful place to explore.
Another thing that makes this market stand out is that it’s primarily indoors, which is different from most of the Lower Mainland’s other main Winter Markets. It rains a lot in winter and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a good place to be on rainy days!
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Steveston Village and the Cannery Farmers Market.
TIP #1: Go to the market if you can. It’s a good one, at an interesting venue and in a lovely area.
TIP #2: The best time to visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is on market days. That’s because (1) the market makes the attraction even more interesting and (2) admission on market days is free.
TIP #3: Chat with the vendors. Many are the artists who make the goods themselves or the farmers who grow the food. They have wonderful stories to tell.
TIP #4: Either before or after the market, explore the region. Buy some food and have a picnic. Go for a stroll along the waterfront, or ride your bike around the village and then along the West Dyke Trail. The Britannia Heritage Shipyard and London Heritage Farm are also both not too far away.
For further details about Richmond’s winter market click Cannery Farmers Market. For more information about the venue check out the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and for ideas on other things to do in the area click Steveston Village.
Did you know that the Cannery Farmers’ Market isn’t the only market in the region? From May until October (so when the Cannery Farmers’ Market isn’t running) the Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market takes place outside the Steveston Community Centre at 4111 Moncton Street.
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