Saturdays are the busiest days for farmers markets in the Lower Mainland with them occurring everywhere from the Fraser Valley to Vancouver and Squamish.
FARMERS MARKETS AND COVID-19
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, farmers markets that remain open are operating under special conditions to allow shoppers to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
In most cases, markets are requesting that shoppers pay only by credit card or debit, that they shop efficiently, that they leave as soon as possible after making their purchases, and that only one member of each family attend the market to help avoid congestion.
To learn how the pandemic is affecting the Lower Mainland see our article about COVID-19 and Vancouver Closures and Event Cancellations.
To see if and under what circumstances a specific market is operating, see individual market websites.
Lower Mainland Farmers Markets on Saturdays
Farmers markets on Saturdays in Vancouver take place at Riley Park, Trout Lake and the West End. In other parts of Metro Vancouver they happen in Burnaby, on the North Shore in Maple Ridge and in Surrey. In the Fraser Valley they occur in Abbotsford and Fort Langley, and in the Sea to Sky region they take place in Squamish.
No matter where you live in the Lower Mainland, chances are pretty good that there’s a farmers market near you on a Saturday. Check them out!
Note: Market details such as times, dates and venue addresses are subject to change. Check each market’s website for exact details.
Vancouver Saturday Farmers Markets
Saturday markets within the City of Vancouver include farmers markets at Riley Park, Trout Lake and the West End.
In Vancouver on a Saturday in the summer the Trout Lake Farmers Market is definitely the most impressive, although the others are good too. In colder months, Riley Park is the largest winter market in the entire province!
Riley Park Farmers Market
Operating on Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm, the Riley Park Farmers Market is Vancouver’s newest summer market. In winter though, formerly known as the Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market, it is one of the region’s oldest and largest.
Riley Park was launched in 2017 as a summer market with just under three dozen vendors. Since then, every summer, it continues to operate as a smaller summer market.
Since the fall of 2018, however, and running all winter, Riley Park becomes the renamed Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market and hosts over 60 vendors each week in the parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
Click Riley Park Farmers Market for more details.
Trout Lake Farmers Market
The Trout Lake Farmers Market is a large and vibrant market that takes place between 9 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon from early May to late October at Vancouver’s John Hendry Park near the intersection of 13th Avenue and Lakeview Drive.
The Trout Lake Community Centre is located at 3360 Victoria Drive towards the southwest end of John Hendry Park, to the west of Trout Lake. The summer market happens at the north end of the park, just north of the lake.
The Trout Lake Farmers Market’s season ran from May 2nd until October 24th in 2020. It’s an impressive market on a busy day and one of our favourites.
West End Farmers Market
The West End Farmers Market occurs on Saturdays from 9 am until 2 pm between late May and around the third weekend in October. It’s located on Comox Street by Nelson Park between Bute Street and Thurlow.
In 2020 the market ran from May 23rd until October 24th.
Other Metro Vancouver Saturday Farmers Markets
In addition to the City of Vancouver, other places with farmers markets in Metro Vancouver include Burnaby, North Vancouver and Maple Ridge, with all three offering a good selection of farm-fresh produce and homemade goods.
Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market
The Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market can be found year-round in the parking lot of Burnaby‘s City Hall at 4949 Canada Way every Saturday. It used to operate in just the late spring, summer and fall. Since last year though, it now operates in the winter too.
This market is a medium-sized one. It runs from 10 am to 2 pm between November and April and from 9 am until 2 pm for the rest of the year.
Lonsdale Quay Farmers Market
Only about a dozen or so vendors participate usually at this North Vancouver market, but there is more to see and shop at inside the Lonsdale Quay Public Market which is open year-round right beside.
Haney (Maple Ridge) Farmers Market
The Haney Farmers Market was scheduled to take place between 9 am and 2 pm at 11900-224 Street in Maple Ridge’s Memorial Peace Park from May 9th until November 7th in 2020. Because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, however, it’s start and end dates have been affected.
Hopefully the Maple Ridge market will start up sometime in the summer, but details are to be confirmed.
Click Haney Farmers Market for more information.
Surrey Urban Farmers Market
The Surrey Urban Farmers Market used to take place on Wednesday afternoons in the North Surrey Rec Centre Plaza. As of 2019, however, it takes place on Saturdays from 10 am until 2 pm in the Plaza outside Surrey’s City Centre Public Library at 10350 University Drive.
It’s a smaller market featuring close to 30 vendors and runs from June to October.
See the Surrey Urban Farmers Market website for more details.
Fraser Valley Saturday Farmers Markets
The Fraser Valley is the Lower Mainland’s premier agricultural region, so you can expect the produce to be exceptionally local and fresh at the markets in Abbotsford and Fort Langley.
Abbotsford Farm and Country Market
The Abbotsford Farm and Country Market takes place from mid-spring time until mid-December in Abbotsford from 9 am until 12 pm. (Note: winter opening times may vary.)
2020 dates were from May 16th until October 31st (although the end date may change and the winter markets will likely start up soon after).
Important Note: As of the summer of last year the market has a new venue – Jubilee Park at 2552 McCallum Road which is at the edge of downtown Abbotsford.
Fort Langley Village Farmers Market
In 2020 the market ran from May 2nd until October 31st.
Sea to Sky Saturday Farmers Markets
About a 50-minute drive from Vancouver along one of the world’s most scenic highways is the town of Squamish, home to a farmers market in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lower Mainland.
Squamish Farmers Market
Shopping at the market starts at 10 in the morning and runs until 3 in the afternoon every Saturday from April until the very end of October.
In 2020 the market ran from May 9th until October 31st.
Weekend Night Markets
In addition to all the above farmers markets, in the summer on weekends, including Saturdays, a number of exceptional night markets take place throughout the region.
Night markets on Saturday evenings include the Richmond Night Market which has a distinctly Asian theme and very little in the way of organic produce and locally grow vegetables. For different reasons, though, it too is well worth visiting on Saturday evenings in Metro Vancouver.
Other Farmers Markets
For an extensive list of summer farmers markets throughout the week in other parts of the Lower Mainland, check out Metro Vancouver’s Farmers Markets. Or, for farmers markets on specific days, 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.
- Sunday Farmers Markets: Ambleside, Cloverdale (Flea Market), Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Ladner, Mt. Pleasant, Steveston Village, White Rock and Whistler.
Also, check out Lower Mainland Winter Markets for farmers markets taking place in the late fall, winter and early spring.