Vancouver Farmers Markets Holiday Market 2012

Comments 167 by Rebecca Bollwitt

vancouver holiday marketVancouver Farmers Markets are still going strong this season with the Saturday market at Nat Bailey Stadium and the 17 annual Holiday Market coming up this month.

Over 85 vendors will bring their finest selection of food, art, crafts, home accessories, and gift ideas to the Croatian Cultural Centre on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

The holiday market will have a silent auction, free coat check, gift wrapping by donation, and free entry for Vancouver Farmers Markets members. Tickets are $3 and kids 13 and under are free. You can also print out a coupon online for $1 off admission.

Vancouver Farmers Markets have put together a fantastic Holiday Market gift basket for me to give away to one lucky reader as well. This includes:

Vancouver Farmers Markets Holiday Market BasketA fresh baked cheese spread from
Gourmet classic Granola from The Granola King
Purenola and a Gourmet Selection Preserve Sampler from Preserved BC Sunshine
Fraser Valley honey from Jane’s Honeybees
A chocolate Christmas tree from Take A Fancy
Lemongrass Lavendar soap from The Other Eden
12 assorted macarons from French Made Baking
A double oval sterling silver necklace from Ildiko
A Vancouver Farmers Markets apron

The winner will also receive 2 tickets to the Holiday Market on December 15th. Here’s how you can enter:

  • Leave a comment naming something you’d pick up at a Holiday Market (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @VanMarkets Holiday Market gift basket from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Follow Vancouver Farmers Markets on Facebook and Twitter for seasonal market information.

Update The winner is @lululadies!

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167 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Adrian HarrisWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 10:56am PST

    We love always getting fresh veggies from the Market… and perhaps a dessert or two 🙂

  2. KristyWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 10:58am PST

    I would get some cheese for parties, look for bath goodies and hand crafted items for friends.

    Merry Christmas

  3. KittyPrideWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 10:58am PST

    I would pick the Fraser Valley honey by Jane’s Honeybees, yum! The HoneyBee Center in Surrey is one of my favourite places to visit, nothing like buying local 😀

  4. tracyWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 11:01am PST

    just ran out of honey at home so i would love to pick a jar up at the market.

  5. Tracey FlattesWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 11:02am PST

    Some nice baked goods – minced pies, perhaps?

  6. JennWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 11:02am PST

    Some fresh baked goodies!

  7. SanazWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 11:05am PST

    Home made marshmallows

  8. Dee BWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 11:27am PST

    I love to get baked goods and usually pick up unique earrings for my sister or Mum.

  9. tanya ciWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 11:30am PST

    I tend to pick up gluten free treats (hello macarons!) and often end up going home with silver jewellery as well.


  10. JenniferWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 12:15pm PST

    Anything that catches my fancy…from baked goods to jewellery!

  11. RachelWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 12:35pm PST

    I would love to get some cheese at the Market!

  12. JANEWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 12:46pm PST

    I would love to get some one of a kind gifts like handmade natural soap…

  13. SionedWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 1:31pm PST


  14. PhoenixWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 1:33pm PST

    Lemongrass Lavendar soap from The Other Eden for my mother in law and macarons from French Made Baking for me!!

  15. JeremyWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 1:53pm PST

    I would buy some jam from the Jam Ladies 🙂

  16. JenWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 1:54pm PST

    I would buy Christmas presents and get myself some treats from French Made Baking!

  17. LaurenWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 1:55pm PST

    Jam and tea. I could always use some jam and tea.

  18. TavaWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 1:59pm PST

    Jam from the Jam Ladies 🙂 my toast is eagerly anticipating the market!

  19. Michael KwanWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 2:14pm PST

    Jams and cheeses!

  20. iainWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 2:54pm PST

    would love to get some local goat cheese

  21. KartikWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 4:05pm PST

    Cheese for the foodie in me and a sterling necklace for the most beautiful wife in the world!!! and making Xmas worth it!!!

  22. Elizabeth BWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 4:10pm PST

    probably pick up some baking to take the heat off Christmas! 🙂

  23. MichaelWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 4:12pm PST

    some Christmas crafts for the daughter with her new apartment…and some goodies for me!

  24. TonyWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 4:23pm PST

    Any kind of scrumptious treats.

  25. cindy quachWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 4:32pm PST

    lemongrass soap…mmmmm

  26. JustineWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 4:36pm PST

    Glad to have heard about this on your website. I’m going to get some preserves and soaps.

  27. RenfrewWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 4:36pm PST

    Cheese, of course!

  28. AirbnbSuperhostWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 4:49pm PST

    Honey for sure!

  29. DarcyWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 4:51pm PST


  30. JenWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 5:10pm PST

    Macarons! I’ve been sampling them from all over town trying to find my favorite. 🙂

  31. lindawwwwWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 5:28pm PST

    I’m going to pick up some honey from Jane’s Honeybees

  32. Steve v.Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 5:30pm PST

    Those Macarons have been calling me ever since everyone and their dog started posting pictures of them in every food magasine related to Vancouver!

  33. ToriWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 5:42pm PST

    Macarons because they are a pain to make t oh so delicious.

  34. LindaWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 6:02pm PST

    I would have to pick up chocolate at the market, probably from Levni Chocolate.

  35. Megan HWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 6:12pm PST

    I’d pick up cheese!

  36. DenbiWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 6:15pm PST

    I would pick up ground hazelnuts from Poplar Grove Arbour – I have a lot of Christmas baking to do!

  37. BrendaWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 7:48pm PST

    Local honey

  38. CliffWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 7:48pm PST

    Hazelnuts for holiday baking

  39. LindaWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 8:36pm PST

    Cheese! 🙂

  40. TinaWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 8:51pm PST

    baked goodies

  41. MegWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 10:29pm PST

    Rubs for stocking stuffers, flavored honey, antipasto… oh wait! We had to pick one? Gingerbread yummies!

  42. DebraWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 11:24pm PST

    Those macarons sound awesome!

  43. BradWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 11:28pm PST

    Chocolate…and lots of it!

  44. HarvWednesday, December 5th, 2012 — 11:40pm PST


  45. LeahThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 1:20am PST

    Baked goods. Yum!

  46. MaiThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 1:50am PST

    I would get some chocolates and jams 🙂

  47. Lucie BThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 6:33am PST

    Chocolate from Bad Girl Chocolate.

  48. heatherThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 7:28am PST

    I would pick up some jewelery 🙂

  49. ErinThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 8:38am PST

    I’d get some chocolates to give as gifts!

  50. SamanthaThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 9:07am PST

    I’d get chocolates!

  51. c wilsonThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 9:18am PST

    I’d like some homemade soaps

  52. EllaThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 9:44am PST


  53. Debbie fThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 9:46am PST

    I would buy some of the baked goods.

  54. GregThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 9:46am PST

    I would buy some of the honey.

  55. KristaThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 10:24am PST

    Local honey.

  56. EdThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 10:35am PST

    local veggies

  57. RoThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 11:11am PST


  58. GigiThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 11:13am PST

    Would love to get some macaroons!!

  59. David DThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 11:24am PST

    Anything baked containing chocolate!

  60. JocelynThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 11:39am PST

    some freshly baked goods 🙂

  61. KatieThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 11:39am PST

    macaroons are delicious

  62. maryThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 12:43pm PST

    cheese or apple cider

  63. Jennifer BreakspearThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 12:56pm PST

    chocolate… lots of chocolate

  64. Ginger Leah GervaisThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 12:57pm PST

    Fruit cake 😉

  65. Robyn CThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 1:17pm PST

    unique earrings

  66. CarolThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 1:52pm PST

    Some handmade from the Other Eden. I think it will make a wonderful hostess gift for over the holidays

  67. KirstenThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 2:11pm PST

    I love hand made jewelry!

  68. lucy kabatoffThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 2:32pm PST

    Jam & Tea Love It!

  69. SaraThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 3:45pm PST

    I would pick up anything from Sam Bradd Designs. His letterpress cards are outstanding.

  70. Sandra GarciaThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 5:25pm PST

    Locally made chocolates taste great… but local fruits & veggies are better for you.

  71. AnnaThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 5:40pm PST

    cheese, cheese and more cheese

  72. JagThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 5:46pm PST


  73. Vanessa JThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 5:46pm PST

    I never leave a craft fair without picking up at least one piece of jewelry and some artisan soap or edible goodies!

  74. RubyThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 6:21pm PST

    jellies and jams

  75. peterkThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 8:17pm PST

    Bad Girl Chocolates sounds like an excellent source for tasty gifts.

  76. AretaThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 8:22pm PST

    Macarons for sure!

  77. XingThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 8:29pm PST

    Chocolates for my wife

  78. Siobhan S.Thursday, December 6th, 2012 — 8:29pm PST

    I must admit … I am partial to macarons! 🙂

  79. DianaThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 8:33pm PST

    It’s all about the macarons!

  80. Sherry FThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 8:46pm PST

    I would definitely get some cheese and preserves.

  81. JaneThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 8:46pm PST

    Some cheese and baked goods. Or chocolates maybe.

  82. MayaThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 10:14pm PST

    Yum yum! I would get 12 assorted macarons from French Made Baking!! I am looking forward to going!

  83. HillaryThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 11:14pm PST

    I think I’d like to pick up some baked goods (MIX bakery) and/or cheese from the little qualicum cheeseworks. Yum!

  84. leahThursday, December 6th, 2012 — 11:16pm PST

    i’d get some cheese, honey and baked goods

  85. SueFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 12:29am PST


  86. Jenn SFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 4:28am PST

    Fresh baked goods and cheese

  87. Lindsay SimmonsFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 10:06am PST


  88. ShirleyFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 10:57am PST

    Something sweet

  89. VuittonFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 1:21pm PST

    Gotta love macarons!

  90. DBFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 1:25pm PST

    Very nice!

  91. VinceFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 1:26pm PST

    Cheese would be my first pick!

  92. JanFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 5:00pm PST

    always pick up soaps

  93. KatyFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 5:14pm PST

    Fresh baked bread.

  94. DanaFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 7:23pm PST

    Piiiiiieee! 😛

  95. ZlataFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 7:43pm PST

    I will pick up cheese and some chocolate.

  96. EugeniaFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 8:25pm PST

    silver necklace from Ildiko

  97. GlendaFriday, December 7th, 2012 — 9:51pm PST

    baked goods!

  98. cindy quachSaturday, December 8th, 2012 — 10:49am PST

    some artisan cheese..yum

  99. KimSaturday, December 8th, 2012 — 11:15am PST

    Some fresh baked goods and cheese!

  100. Mercedes G.Saturday, December 8th, 2012 — 11:25am PST

    Definitely the Gourmet classic Granola from The Granola King. Always wanted to try this.

  101. DaveSaturday, December 8th, 2012 — 11:33am PST

    Apple pie!

  102. TeresaSaturday, December 8th, 2012 — 1:07pm PST

    Delicious baked goods!

  103. Paula O’ConnorSaturday, December 8th, 2012 — 11:47pm PST

    I’d love to purchase jewellery for gifts. Bakery for me.

  104. Stephanie SSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 11:42am PST

    I would pick up hand knitted slippers! I always love those

  105. VaughnSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 12:30pm PST

    All sorts of cheese.

  106. GerrySunday, December 9th, 2012 — 12:43pm PST


  107. @plumereaSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 2:50pm PST

    We don’t live in the area, but we do try to get out when we can. It is always such a treat to pick up gourmet cheeses and chocolate, especially this holiday season as we will be having company.

  108. KrissySunday, December 9th, 2012 — 3:47pm PST


  109. GigiSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 4:36pm PST

    Baked goods. 🙂

  110. JessSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 4:40pm PST

    We always pick up a jar of honey!

  111. AzinSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 5:15pm PST

    Nice oils or vinegar.

  112. Megan GardinerSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 7:40pm PST

    I love to shop for unique items, special cheeses, spreads or jams that I can serve to my friends when they come over. I also like to buy fresh baked goods.

  113. SevieSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 7:42pm PST

    As a French person I definitely go for the cheese!!

  114. ElaanSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 8:04pm PST

    Cheese, pastries and some other organic goodies!

  115. ADAMSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 8:44pm PST

    I’d add: goodies, like, Fraser Valley honey from Jane’s honeybees

  116. MikeSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 8:45pm PST

    I’m a clean guy, so I’d pick lavendar soap.

  117. LindaSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 8:48pm PST

    say cheese, cheese, cheese

  118. LeoraSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 9:08pm PST

    The chocolate Christmas trees! You can never have enough chocolate at Christmas!

  119. Jennifer BreakspearSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 10:07pm PST

    Chocolate… lots of different chocolate. Or baked goods. Or both.

  120. Cindy SmithSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 10:33pm PST

    Some handmade jewelry would be nice.

  121. MorganSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 10:38pm PST

    Some hazelnuts for milking to make vegan eggnog with! 🙂

  122. Jessica R.FSunday, December 9th, 2012 — 10:41pm PST

    It’s all about Dundarave Olives’ blue cheese stuffed olives. Yum.

  123. L. J , LawtonMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 12:12am PST

    I just got to have some of that honey. Sweet. !!

  124. bucks14Monday, December 10th, 2012 — 7:14am PST

    Cheese or baked goods

  125. AlexMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 10:59am PST

    Cheese! and lots of it.

  126. RamonaMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 11:43am PST

    OMG yum!!! I need this in my belly. 🙂

  127. fionaMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 12:13pm PST


  128. MagMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 1:25pm PST

    Honey and chocolate

  129. anneMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 1:46pm PST

    A chocolate sea salt shortbread cookie from French Made Baking

  130. lisaMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 1:46pm PST

    some fresh bread yumyum!

  131. Gary LeeMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 1:47pm PST

    Aged Grass Fed Organic Cheese

  132. KathleenMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 3:59pm PST

    Something sweet like a macaron

  133. MaryanneMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 4:01pm PST

    fresh baked cheese spread = yum!

  134. Vanessa WMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 4:05pm PST

    We still need to make it to the market, this would be a perfect accompaniment!

  135. MegMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 4:23pm PST

    Baked goods, cheese, and homemade jewellery/house items for friends.

  136. Susan BMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 4:29pm PST

    Freshly baked fruit pies. Delish!!

  137. Sandra GarciaMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 5:03pm PST

    Blueberries! Or whatever’s seasonal.

  138. NicoleMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 5:12pm PST

    Would be great to pick up some christmas baking!

  139. LorMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 5:42pm PST

    German Christmas cookies

  140. MosheMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 5:43pm PST

    a pickle for the tree

  141. KathyMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 5:55pm PST

    Kalley Kandy

  142. SharylinMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 6:49pm PST

    I’ll be picking up some unique soaps and baked goods

  143. SteveMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 7:39pm PST

    Some jewelry for my wife

  144. MarleneMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 7:41pm PST

    Handmade soap

  145. TiffanyMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 7:58pm PST

    I’d pick up small items to top up Christmas presents.

  146. MarthaMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 8:41pm PST

    I’d definitely go for some baked bread or pastries!

  147. lindaMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 9:57pm PST

    Yummy! What an excellent way to taste the season.

  148. ErinMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 10:06pm PST

    I would buy macarons from French Made Baking.

  149. TracyMonday, December 10th, 2012 — 10:14pm PST

    Definitely cheese!

  150. AmyTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 2:12am PST

    Fine cheeses (to share!)

  151. EileenTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 8:50am PST

    Natural soaps and suds – I buy them for presents and then end up using them myself.

  152. SigridTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 9:11am PST

    I would pick up artisan cheese!

  153. JudyTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 9:19am PST

    I would pick up baked goods they are yummy.

  154. NicolbTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 9:41am PST

    Earnest Ice Cream & Apple juice. Mmm..

  155. StotesTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 9:50am PST

    Cheese and desserts!

  156. janice montroyTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 9:51am PST

    I would pick up some baked goods like cookies and muffins

  157. gene dTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 10:16am PST

    baked goods!

  158. mitzi mTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 10:17am PST

    macarons and cheese!

  159. GraceTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 11:24am PST

    Honey, definitely!

  160. Arjun RudraTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 12:51pm PST

    Would pick up some macarons if available.

  161. shellyTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 12:52pm PST

    cheese and a fresh loaf of bread

  162. Marilee PTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 1:52pm PST

    cheese and chocolate!

  163. WallyTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 2:24pm PST


  164. SusanTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 4:32pm PST

    Cheese & baked goods!

  165. RebeccaTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 5:11pm PST

    fruit, veggies, and cheese

  166. MichelleTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 6:54pm PST

    Definitely the honey, good for making drinks 🙂

  167. Mike GismondiTuesday, December 11th, 2012 — 9:11pm PST

    I would get some baked goods!

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