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We Heart Local Awards 2013

Monday, June 24th, 2013 — 3:11pm PDT
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Celebrating local food and agriculture around the beautiful province of British Columbia, the brand new We (Heart) Local Awards is a new popular choice awards program. The We Heart Local Awards will recognize key players throughout the industry through a nomination process followed by a public vote.

How it Works

  • Nominations will be open July 1st to July 15th, 2013. Anyone living in BC can nominate one or more favourites in the categories listed below.
  • Voting will be open July 16th to August 5th, 2013. Anyone living in BC can vote for their favourite nominees in the categories listed below by visiting the Facebook campaign page.
  • All voters and nominators are automatically included into a prize draw, for a chance to win 1 of 20 $100 gift cards to their local Farmers Market, as well as the deluxe prize: a weekend wine getaway in the Okanagan.


We Heart Local Award Categories:
Favourite Store to Buy Local
Favourite BC Farmers Market
Favourite Local Meat or Poultry Supplier
Favourite Local Seafood Supplier
Favourite Local Cheese Maker
Favourite Local Sweet Treat
Favourite Local Advocate
Favourite Local Winery
Favourite Local Brewery
Favourite Local Food Truck
Favourite Local U-Pick Farm
Favourite Local Orchard/Fruit Supplier
Favourite Local Restaurant or Café
Favourite Local Chef
Favourite Local Florist or Greenhouse

The celebration of local BC farming communities and the ‘Buy Local. Eat Natural.’ movement are actively supported by formal organizations such as the British Columbia Dairy Association (BCDA), British Columbia Agriculture Council (BCAC) and British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture. Partners for the We Heart Local Awards are BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, Vancouver Farmers Markets, Georgia Straight and Loco.

Slow Food Cycle Tour Agassiz The Farm House Natural Cheeses Taves Farms & The AppleBarn

Nominations open up next week and to raise awareness about the awards, I have a $250 Vancouver Farmers Market gift certificate to offer up to one lucky reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming your favourite farmers market products (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win $250 for @VanMarkets from @EatLocalNatural + @Miss604 #WeHeartLocal

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Get your nominations in next Monday and be sure to vote for your favourites. Follow ‘Buy Local. Eat Natural.’ on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the awards and their other initiatives across BC.

Update The winner is Elisabeth!

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  1. Chelle says:

    I love the variety of local potatoes; I’d never seen so many types until I went to the Trout Lake Farmers’ Market.

  2. Swapnil says:

    Love the fruits and vegetables

  3. Kevvur says:

    Love the variety of beautiful fresh fruits and veggies!

  4. dutedute says:

    I love the fresh and green vegetables!

  5. christine says:

    Veggies ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Etienne says:

    Corn makes me happy

  7. Sunshine G says:

    Love fresh berries at the farmer’s market!

  8. Shawn says:

    Kale.Apples.Carrots.Baby greens. Tomatoes.Cheese…etc etc etc

  9. Frances Murphy says:

    fresh fruit and veg, plants and flowers ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Elysia S says:

    fresh berries

  11. Amy says:

    Blueberries and strawberries!

  12. Hei Moon says:

    Fresh vegetables

  13. Julia says:

    Beets…hands down!

  14. Lindsay C says:

    Other than fresh, local produce, I love picking up artisan sausages and fresh bread.

  15. NicT says:

    Fresh greens!

  16. Harjit says:

    Fresh fruit and berries mmm

  17. michael says:


  18. liz says:

    I just learned how to make kale chips so right now we’re digging on KALE.

  19. S.Field says:

    I have so many favourites it’s hard to choose: came home the other day with some beautiful, crunchy sea asparagus that I’m looking forward to having with some buttery halibut.

  20. tracy says:

    heirloom vegetables for sure

  21. Cecilia says:

    Fresh garlic scapes ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Anna says:

    Fresh in season fruits and vegetables!

  23. Michelle says:

    Heirloom Tomatoes hands down.

  24. Michelle W. says:

    Local, fresh berries can’t be beat!

  25. Elisabeth says:

    My two favourites (their market dates are in my calendar) are Gelderman Farms for their pork products (all natural bacon for sure) and Purebread from Whistler for everything they bake (adults only cookies are my most severe addiction).

  26. Kam says:

    All the fresh produce! So yum!

  27. Karen Falk says:

    Fresh organic fruits & veggies. Organic meats. Oh…and the baked goods. Yummy. Not to mention the plants for the garden.

  28. Monique says:


  29. Andi says:

    My favourite product at farmers markets has got to be the tomatoes – such variety and so amazingly delicious!

  30. Ruxandra says:

    I just love to find fresh & organic vegetables and of course cheese! I’ve definitely fallen in love with cheese since I moved in BC.

  31. maria says:


  32. Janet Kong says:

    I love the cherry tomatoes, strawberries, corn on the cob, food trucks, the chili, cherries and much more!

  33. Tomatoes of so many varieties. I have no luck growing my own, so REALLY appreciate fresh and tasy, NOT imported and pasty.

  34. Don says:

    organic red butter lettuce

  35. Kyung Suk says:

    Fresh Kale. $1.50 at the North Vancouver Shipyards Market for a big fresh bunch. You have to get there fairly early, as they sell out before the night is over. I buy two bunches and bake kale chips. FYI – the secret ingredient is truffle oil!

  36. Laura says:

    love the bread, fresh produce especially the new in season stuff like peas, strawberries, raspberries, cherries etc), meat, honey, It’s all so good!

  37. Erin says:

    I love picking up salmon from our community-supported fishery shares at Skipper Otto, it’s great knowing who caught my fish and where.

  38. Helen says:

    It has to be the strawberries!

  39. richard w says:

    Love fresh artisan bread!

  40. Donna L says:

    I love fresh fruit, especially raspberries!

  41. Cliff says:


  42. Mary says:

    I love the organic blueberries!

  43. Brenda says:

    So hard to narrow the list down! Peaches, strawberries, corn, tomatoes, cherries, pears, asparagus just some of the things I look forward to every summer.

  44. Tamara says:

    I love local corn!

  45. Emilia says:

    The local Berries and those small potatoes

  46. Jeff says:

    All the fruits and veggies!

  47. Dayna Wilson says:

    I love the cheesemakers.

  48. kathleen says:

    I love the bread!

  49. Dilara says:

    I love getting fresh local fruits & veggies.

  50. Definitely can’t beat the fresh fruit and veggies. I also love Rootables chips, the bean dip guy, the free run meats and the yummy breads!

  51. Rebecca says:


  52. jan says:

    organic, heirloom veggies

  53. Ray says:


  54. kaykay says:


  55. Sharylin says:

    Local varieties of honey

  56. Deb says:


  57. Varley says:

    Delicious cherry tomatoes.

  58. Bryan says:


  59. L. J , Lawton says:

    The honey is my favorite.

  60. S Skerl says:

    Russian red kale is what we’re picking up lately- sneaking some extra greens into our baby’s fruit smoothies.

  61. Michael says:

    My favourite has got to be the cheese!!!

  62. Lindsay says:

    Seasonal fruit and hard to get items like specialty cheese and meats ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s also a good place to track down those hard to find food trucks!

  63. Stotes says:


  64. Debra says:

    In addition to the fresh organic produce, I love checking out the food trucks!

  65. Tracy says:


  66. Arjun Rudra says:

    The local, organic gluten free products.

  67. Arjun Rudra says:

    Earnest Ice Cream for example.

  68. Stewart Rogers says:

    We love the Chili Tank. Great chili!

  69. debbie f says:

    I love the local tomatoes. So much flavour.

  70. greg says:

    I like the local baby potatoes.

  71. Heather says:

    I go to the farmers market every week for veggies, plants and baked goods

  72. Shirley says:

    I like the Thai curry from Thai Princess.

  73. Fiona says:

    Local honey! My favorite is blackberry flower ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Kate says:

    Yum! I love fresh fruit and those delicious cherry tomatoes.

  75. lindawwww says:

    fresh fruit – blueberries and strawberries

  76. Jennifer says:

    Fresh herbs, kale, and berries!!

  77. stacey says:

    I love the sunflower sprouts!!! my fave! and all the heirloom tomatoes

  78. Hannah says:

    Local honey and greens. Yum!

  79. lisa says:


  80. Adrienne says:

    Cherries! Sour, bing, ranier…you name it. Oh, and those lovely blue potatoes.

  81. Karen says:

    Sugar snap peas – Sole Food has the bes tones so far!

  82. Jen says:

    Sunchokes are my favourite!!!!

  83. Jeremy says:

    Local strawberries

  84. Katie says:

    Fresh berries would be wonderful.

  85. Alex says:

    Fresh berries and snap peas

  86. Jen says:

    The farmers market at the north vancouver shipyards has a stand that sells the most delicious dark chocolate cookies brushed with icing sugar. I am obsessed!

  87. Sarah says:

    Cheese, fresh greens and herbs, cherries! Grabbing an iced coffee and baked good and wandering in search of edible treasures.

  88. Linda says:

    Summer berries

  89. Denbi says:

    goat milk

  90. Bonnie says:

    My favourite Farmers Markets items are blueberries and fresh mixed greens.

  91. Cindy Smith says:


  92. linda says:

    Cheese, Cured meats and bread.

  93. Zlata says:

    fresh goat cheese and lots of of!

  94. Sherry F says:

    Heirloom tomatoes, local corn and baby potatoes

  95. Andy C. says:


  96. Amy says:

    Fresh garlic picked this morning

  97. Jenni Price says:

    EGGS! I love getting my eggs from the market. Also all kinds of veggies and berries.

  98. richard says:


  99. Brenda says:

    Everything but especially any kind of leafy green.

  100. Am says:

    I love buying berries and other fruit for making jam, plus beets and tomatoes at the farmers’ markets!

  101. Radhika K says:

    Berries of any kind. They are so juicy and full of flavor!

  102. ec says:

    baked goods and honey

  103. Ursula says:


  104. tim says:

    i love fresh berries!

  105. Jenn S says:

    love the fresh berries and cherries

  106. Mike gismondi says:

    All of it. Especially the fruit!

  107. Angela griffin says:

    The strawberries and anything organic!

  108. Ivy says:


  109. Nicole L says:

    Cheeesee!! Any and all cheesee!

  110. Kay says:


  111. Christina says:

    Favourite BC Farmer’s Market: Ladner Farmer Market
    Favourite BC Local Restaurant: Grub on Main!

  112. Caroline says:

    Earnest Ice Cream!

  113. Erin says:

    I love the guy that makes that awesome Hummus!

  114. Kelly Krol says:

    Berries, kale, tomatoes, cheeses, jams, breads:o)

  115. Hubby and I love the amazing variety greens that are available. We visit different farmers every week and mix and match a bunch of different kinds to make amazing salads. Topping our salads with sprouts from the market makes our salads extra special and extra healthy!

  116. lucy kabatoff says:

    berries and veggies

  117. tania says:


  118. Sanaz says:

    Sweet small strawberries

  119. Sonja S says:

    I love the raspberries!

  120. Debbie W says:

    love local cheese (feta); strawberries; spinach – throw these together for a great salad. The canned tuna – Estavan smoked tuna -marvelous!!

  121. Jane says:

    ice cream, cheese, blueberries

  122. Susan says:

    Apricots ๐Ÿ™‚

  123. Linda says:

    Local cheeses

  124. Elizabeth B says:

    Now that I am the proud owner of a juicer I love the variety and quality of the fruits and vegetables I can find at farmer’s markets!

  125. Jeremy says:

    Local olives and seasonal berries!

  126. Gary says:

    I love corn

  127. Glenda says:

    I love everything at the market, it makes it so much easier to eat my fruits and veggies seeing how fresh and beautiful everything looks. My favourite item is blueberries.

  128. Heidi says:

    Fresh herbs

  129. tila says:

    love local strawberries

  130. Donald says:

    My favourite is sweet Peaches & Cream corn.

  131. Daphne says:

    Sweet corn.

  132. Kevin says:

    Yummy local strawberries!

  133. Julie says:

    I love local berries. Mmmm…

  134. John says:

    Herbs, especially basil.

  135. Megan says:

    fresh fruits and veggies!

  136. ouisch says:

    its an early cherry season this year! seriously delicious!
    always a beautiful spread at the markets. gorgeous and vibrant colours and such a great vibe. being able to meet the awesome people who produce the fantastic foods (and crafts) is a nice bonus too. it really makes you appreciate the meals you make from the fresh (and local!) ingredients that much more.

    and those crepes…. oh my!

  137. Alana says:

    Great Idea, so many contenders! But Street Meat gets my vote for favorite food cart!

  138. Alisha M. says:

    Just love the variety of cheeses at farmer’s markets.

  139. Ria A. says:


  140. Tooth Fairy says:

    Strawberries, blueberries, and peaches and cream corn are some of my local fruit and vegie faves!

  141. Jo Dee says:

    Love the organic summer berries!

  142. Linda says:

    ubc’s farmer’s market: fresh eggs from ubc farm

  143. Mike says:

    I like rasberries from Kits Farmer’s Markeet

  144. Michael says:

    I live near Kitsilano Farmer’s market, I like everything. The salad fixings are great. The lettuce I get there is the best.

  145. Adam says:

    The chocolate items are my fav…I like desserts best, so homemade cookies are my favoutite.

  146. Nicole says:

    I absolutely love those little green heirloom tomatoes.

  147. Eileen says:

    Fresh berries!

  148. Peter K says:

    Organic Kale!

  149. Manuel says:

    Any kind of local fruit!

  150. Nathan says:

    Local Honey. So, so good.

  151. Katie Borrett says:

    Stoney brook farms produce!!!!!

  152. Tracey Flattes says:

    Baked goods!

  153. merilee_dawn says:

    Fresh seasonal produce and cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚

  154. Lauren says:

    Apples! Strawberries! Curry sauces from Thai Princess! And new finds every week!

  155. Leah says:

    Fruits , veggies and chocolate

  156. Kai Yan Chau says:

    Fresh baked bread!!!

  157. Jane b says:

    Love the organic produce and bison sausages

  158. Jeannie says:

    I love the local apple chips!

  159. Ramona says:

    I love the selection of mushrooms at the Trout Lake market!

  160. Jennifer says:

    Fresh baked goods

  161. lucy kabatoff says:

    fruit and veggies

  162. Erin says:

    Garlic scapes! And the bacon from Gelderman Farms.

  163. Sarah says:

    All that fresh local fruit and veg…. yum! Not like the stuff that travels thousands of miles and is completely tasteless. Especially blueberries.

  164. jamille says:

    Berries are the best!!!

  165. Kelsey Ireland says:

    Well, I have to vote for @ErinIreland for being the best local sweet treat! What started as a family get-together favourite, has blossomed into an amazing local banana bread empire! I always buy a delicious loaf when I come across it around Vancouver. Way to go, cousin!

  166. Cyndi says:


  167. Kim says:

    Would live to win this! What an exciting contest! Thanks miss604!

  168. Paula H says:

    Kale! Just went and bought some yesterday!

  169. Michelle W. says:

    Fresh, local berries!

  170. Daphne C says:

    Love the selection of local cheeses

  171. Lucie B says:

    Berries for sure- they are the topping to a perfect summer day.

  172. Silvia says:

    The best part of famers markets: HONEY STiCKS ๐Ÿ™‚ so many awesome childhood memories!

  173. wenxiao says:

    Mini Watermelons.

  174. Ariel says:

    Love the freshness of all products. And the honey!

  175. mike says:

    the best farmers market produce are the blueberries. swweet and delicious

  176. Vicky says:

    Farmers in overalls ๐Ÿ™‚ oh and fresh fruit and veggies

  177. cindy says:

    fresh organic greens and veggies…

  178. Elaan says:

    Raspberries and summer berries!

  179. Steve v. says:

    Herbs like mint and dill.

  180. Laura says:

    Beets! And the beanboy guy!

  181. Kim says:

    Fresh berries!

  182. Laurasaurus says:

    It’s so hard to pick just one because every other week what is in season changes! So far I have really enjoyed fresh kale, strawberries and mustard greens. I’m really looking forward to beans, purple carrots, apples and beets. :). I have to give a shout out to the UBC Farm. That place is a real gem! <3

  183. shelly says:

    i like heirloom tomatoes

  184. Teresa K says:

    All berries

  185. Jenn P. says:

    Qualicum Cheeseworks! And the man who sells them is adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  186. Joyce says:

    All of the beautifully colourful and fresh produce.

  187. bree stegman says:


  188. MaryAnn says:

    I enjoy the fresh fruits & veggies and the local treats (baking, preserves, cheeses).

  189. Lena says:

    two words: tomatoes and potatoes (specifically heirloom tomatoes and siglinde potatoes)

  190. Lena says:

    two words: tomatoes and potatoes (specifically heirloom tomatoes and sieglinde potatoes)typo!

  191. Shelley says:

    Right now, I’m loving the local raspberries!

  192. Kyle says:

    I’m a fan of the fresh berries!

  193. Bonnie R says:

    love the fresh produce!

  194. Bradley says:

    Fresh tomatoes!

  195. jeanie says:

    love love the baked goods (dairy free ones) and apples and baby kale =D

  196. jeanna says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Hi!

  197. Nick says:


    We get them every year from the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market. So good.

  198. Carley says:

    Love it all! Can’t wait to check out all the farm markets this summer!

  199. Marianne says:

    I love to pick up local summer fruits like raspberries, cherries, and nectarines.

  200. TY says:

    some fresh blueberries

  201. Emily says:

    My favourite farmer’s market buy is greens! Beautiful, interesting lettuce or watercress or….

  202. John D says:

    Local fresh seafood!

  203. Tiffany says:

    Rootables Chips

  204. Annie says:

    I love cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes!

  205. Brenda A says:

    I love all the different varieties of lettuces and herbs!

  206. richard w says:

    Baked Goods!

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