The Lower Mainland has a number of winter farmers markets including markets in Vancouver, Port Moody, New Westminster and Richmond’s Steveston Village.
There are also winter markets in Burnaby and, if you include flea markets that have fruits and veggies vendors too, Cloverdale. All of them run during the winter months and feature local produce and handmade goods.
CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON WINTER MARKETS
As of March 28th, 2020, the Riley Park and Hastings Park farmers markets are still open, although they feature only food vendors and don’t accept cash payment. Winter markets in Burnaby, New Westminster and Port Moody all closed down temporarily, but then reopened. As of April 23rd, the Cloverdale Flea Market was still closed until further notice.
For a full list of Vancouver events and attractions that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus, see our Vancouver Event Cancellations article.
Winter Markets in Metro Vancouver
The following are some of the Lower Mainland’s main winter farmers markets:
- Burnaby Farmers Market – until the late fall of 2019, this market was strictly a spring, summer and early autumn market. Since the winter of 2019/20, however, it now runs year-round on Saturdays in the parking lot by Burnaby City Hall.
- Riley Park Farmers Market – takes place on Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm. From November until April it happens at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street and at nearby Riley Park at 50 East 30th Avenue. During the rest of the year it’s just at Riley Park.
- Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – on Sundays from 10 am until 2 pm between early November and late April at Port Moody’s Rec Centre at 300 Ioco Road.
- Cannery Farmers Market – indoors at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Richmond. It runs every second Sunday during the colder half of the year from 10 am to 3 pm. It’s a medium-sized market with around 3 dozen vendors each week.
- TIP: Being indoors at the cannery, these dates are great days to get inside the historic site for FREE, saving you the regular admission.
- Hastings Park Farmers Market – on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE (at Renfrew Street and Pandora Street) from early November until the end of April or first weekend in May. Parking is free at the PNE, even if the sign says there’s a price – just say you’re going to the market.
- New West Winter Farmers Market – in New Westminster between 11 am and 3 pm from early November until late April on the first and third Saturdays of the month in the 600 block of Belmont Street.
- Cloverdale Flea Market – on Sundays at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. It’s not a farmers’ market, but it often has a good number of vendors selling fresh produce, plants and flowers. And it’s not a winter market, specifically, as it runs year-round. It operates in winter though, and it’s enormous and very popular.
Note: Market details such as dates, times and locations are subject to change. Check each market’s website for exact details.
For information on farmers markets at other times of the year, like in the summer, check out our Vancouver’s Farmers Markets page.