Vancouver’s Main Street Farmers Market usually runs on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 6 pm between the beginning of June and the first week of October.
Main Street Farmers Market
The Main Street Station Farmers Market has been running in Vancouver since 2010, the year of the Olympics.
Today, over 40 vendors line the street most weeks in front of Vancouver’s Central Pacific Station and along the edge of tiny Thornton Park. Vendors include many different local farmers selling fresh fruits and vegetables and organic produce in season.
(Note: The number of market stalls in 2020 was significantly less than most years due to COVID-19.)
When and Where
In 2020 the Main Street Farmers Market ran from Wednesday, June 3rd, until Wednesday, October 7th, and its hours each week were from 2 until 6 pm. The 2021 season is likely from June 2nd until October 6th, but exact details are to be confirmed.
What to Expect
At the Main Street Farmers Market most afternoons there are also vendors selling everything from dairy products to meat, bakery items, artisanal goods and hot foods for dinner.
Overall, the Main Street Station Farmers Market is one of Vancouver’s best outdoor markets, especially for produce, and conveniently located close to public transit and other places of interest.
Public Transit, Parking and Cycling
With the Expo and Millennium Line’s Science World SkyTrain Station just a block away, the Main Street Station Farmers Market is one of the most convenient markets with respect to public transit.
Free 2-hour street parking can sometimes be found on nearby Station Street and National Avenue, as well as on Quebec Street between National and Terminal.
A little further along there can also be quite a bit of free street parking up National Avenue east towards Trillium Park, or east along Terminal Avenue, although both those areas start to get a bit far, especially if you have to carry heavy bags of fruits and vegetables back to your car. Pay parking is also available just a couple of blocks away at Science World.
If you cycle to the market, depending on where you’re coming and going from, the most popular route is via the beautiful False Creek Seawall. It’s also the safest route for cycling as the only traffic is pedestrian traffic, as well as other bicycles. If you can, ride your bike!
Attractions Near the Market
Being located by the corner of Main Street and Terminal, there are a number of places of interest fairly close to the Main Street Station Farmers Market. If you like garage sale-style markets there is the Vancouver Flea Market at 703 Terminal Avenue, although that’s just open on weekends, so not Wednesdays.
A good place to visit before or after shopping on market days if you have young children is Science World just a couple of blocks away.
Science World is right on False Creek, which itself is an exceptional area to walk around, especially along the southern shore in that area in the direction of the Olympic Village. Also, less than six blocks north of the market along Main Street is Vancouver’s Chinatown.
For more information on the Wednesday morning summer market, check out the Main Street Station Farmers Market‘s official website.
For information on other farmers markets on other days of the week, check out Vancouver Summer Markets.