The Hastings Park Farmers Market takes place weekly on Sundays from November until the end of April at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE in Vancouver.
Vancouver’s Winter Market
Featuring dozens of vendors selling everything from fresh produce to homemade preserves to handmade arts and crafts, the Hastings Park Farmers Market runs from 10 am to 2 pm.
The schedule for the 2020-2021 season is every Sunday from November 1, 2020, to April 25, 2021 (excluding December 27). In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hastings Park Farmers Market implemented a number of precautionary measures for their spring and winter seasons. In addition, as of December 2, 2020, only food vendors are allowed to sell items at the market. As of March 18, 2021, market vendors are now also permitted to sell flowers and other gardening supplies.
Market Location and Amenities
The Hastings Park Farmers Market is located on the west side of the PNE grounds by Renfrew Street and Pandora Street. The market takes place between the Agrodome and the Forum. Close by you’ll find the PNE’s Italian garden, a playground for the kids and the skateboard park.
In the spring of 2020 the Hastings Park Farmers Market ran on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm until April 26th. It then started up again in the fall in early November and continues for another season until April 25th, 2021.
Farmers Market Video
To give you an idea of what to expect at the market check out the video below. It was taken in April of 2020, so at a time when much of Vancouver was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike many non-essential-services retailers, most farmers markets were still permitted to operate, including the one at Hastings Park.
As you’ll see in the video, things were pretty quiet at the market when we went in the spring (which was at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vancouver). There were fewer people shopping at the market than there would normally have been. Social distancing measures were in place, customers were required to wear masks, and hand sanitizing stations were provided.
Although quieter than normal, the following video still provides a fairly good picture of what this particular farmers market normally looks like. For an idea of what to expect in a typical year, in one when there isn’t a virus to be concerned about, take a look at this video but imagine more shoppers, and market stalls being slightly less spread out. During regular times, there are also usually 20% or more additional vendors.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and extra information to help you make the most out of your farmers market shopping experience.
TIP #1: The Hastings Park Farmers Market is a fair-sized market, although not usually as large as the Riley Park Winter Farmers Market which takes place outside Nat Bailey Stadium on Saturdays. Both markets are worth checking out, and they are both run by the same organization. The Riley Park market, however, is usually quite a bit larger.
TIP #2: Parking is free at the PNE for shoppers at the farmers market, even if the sign says there’s a price – just say you’re going to the market and they’ll waive the charge if there is one because of an event that day.
TIP #3: Don’t forget to take your own shopping bags.
TIP #4: Remember that by shopping at a farmers market you are supporting local farmers and businesses, which is a great thing to do! You’ll also get especially fresh and tasty produce!
For more information, see the official Hastings Park Farmers Market website.
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