If you’re looking for a list of Metro Vancouver farmers markets organized by day of the week or time of the year, then you’ve come to the right place.
FARMERS MARKETS AND COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting life in the Lower Mainland in many ways, including how farmers markets operate. Although deemed essential services, some markets have been cancelled or postponed. Most though continue to operate, although under modified conditions.
Farmers markets that continue to operate are typically doing the following in order to minimize the risk of the spread of the virus:
- Featuring only food vendors (as they are deemed an “essential service”), so no or at least limited artisan vendors.
- Providing handwashing stations and/or hand sanitizer for people to use.
- Requesting that only one member of each family visit the market (to reduce congestion) and encouraging shoppers to shop, pay for their items and then move on right away without unnecessary socializing.
- Limiting the number of shoppers at the venue and at each vendor stall at any one time.
- Implementing debit and credit card-only payment policies (i.e., prohibiting cash sales so people don’t have to handle money).
- Having shoppers proceed around the market in an organized manner, in a specified route and in one direction.
- Prohibiting food sampling and the use of reusable shopping bags.
In addition to the above, some farmers markets are also offering sales online and the ability to pre-order purchases.
As of mid-April, 2020, markets still open include the Riley Park Farmers Market, Hasting Park Winter Market (until the end of April), Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market, New West Farmers Market and Port Moody Winter Farmers Market. Most summer markets are scheduled to open in May, but with fewer vendors and new shopping guidelines in place.
To see if a specific market is open, and under what conditions, see official market websites.
Farmers Markets in the Lower Mainland
The Lower Mainland hosts dozens of farmers markets. Some are tiny and some are large. Some are in locations that aren’t so special, and others are held in some of Vancouver’s most interesting and beautiful parts of town. About a third run on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, and the other two-thirds on Saturdays and Sundays.
Looking for homemade jams and preserves, organic veggies, all kinds of art, handcrafted jewellery, gourmet chocolates, vegan goodies, fresh flowers and local farm produce, plus the chance to support and talk to the people who make it all? Then check out the following:
For an extensive list of Lower Mainland farmers markets in alphabetical order, see Metro Vancouver’s Farmers Markets.
For lists of summer farmers markets on specific days of the week, check out the following:
- Wednesday Farmers Markets: Main Street and Whistler.
- Thursday Farmers Markets: New Westminster, Granville Island and Downtown.
- Friday Farmers Markets: North Vancouver’s Shipyard Night Market.
- Saturday Farmers Markets: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Haney (in Maple Ridge), Lonsdale Quay, Squamish, Surrey, Trout Lake and the West End.
- Sunday Farmers Markets: Ambleside, Cloverdale (Flea Market), Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Ladner, Mt. Pleasant, Steveston Village (every second week, but cancelled for 2020), White Rock and Whistler.
For farmers markets taking place in the late fall, winter and early spring, check out Lower Mainland Winter Markets.
And for a list of Metro Vancouver’s best night markets, check out these great places:
- Shipyard Night Market – open Friday evenings at Shipbuilders’ Square near Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.
- Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- Vancouver Christmas Market – at 650 Hamilton Street downtown Vancouver from late November until Christmas Eve.
Note: Market details such as dates, times and locations are subject to change. Check each market’s website for exact details.