Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy local, artisanal goods and products from a farmers market. Birch candle holders from Aurora View Farm, bee pollen from Corbicula Pollen, craft roasted coffee from Potter & Crow Craft Coffee Roasters, cold pressed oils from Ostro Organics, maple Canadian whiskey from Odd Society Spirits, artisan chocolates from Drunken Chocolatier — these are just a few of the things you’ll find at Vancouver’s winter farmers markets!
Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Markets 2019-2020
Remaining open during COVID-19 (see below for details)
Riley Park Winter Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm from November 2, 2019 – April 25, 2020 (except December 28)
Location: E 30th Ave & Ontario St
Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Every Sunday, 10:00am to 2:00pm from November 3, 2019 – April 26, 2020 (except December 29)
Location: 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Closed due to COVID-19:
Port Moody Winter Farmers Market
Every Sunday, 10:00am to 2:00pm from November, 2019 – April, 2020 (except December 29 and April 12)
Location: Port Moody Recreation Complex, 300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody
Cannery Farmers Market
December 1, 8 and 15, 2019; February 9 and 23, 2020; March 8 and 22, 2020
April 5 and 19, 2020; from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Location: 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Information March 20, 2020 regarding Vancouver Farmers Markets and COVID-19. A message from the organizers:
March 20: As we move forward with the operations of our Riley Park and Hastings Park Winter Markets this weekend, Vancouver Farmers Markets would like to clarify that we are not functioning as a social gathering at this time.
We remain open during the COVID-19 crisis as access points for fresh food, with the full authorization of both municipal and provincial officials. We are committed to staying open as an essential service in the same manner as grocery stores as long as it is deemed safe to do so by the BC Centre for Disease Control.
WHAT WE ARE DOING: Our markets will look very different for the time being. In order to maintain proper social distancing and the safety of our shoppers, vendors, and staff, we will be implementing the following changes:
- Stall spaces will be reconfigured to ensure shoppers have plenty of space to select and purchase products.
- Smaller collections of vendors will be operating in clearly marked, cordoned off zones. The zones are constructed to ensure shoppers flow through the market as quickly as possible and do not backtrack. CLICK HERE to view the zoned map for Riley Park. The Hastings Park map will remain the same at this time.
- Each zone will have a maximum capacity of 30 shoppers. Capacity of each market zone will be monitored by VFM staff members who will count every person entering and exiting their zone boundary.
- If a line forms at the entrance points, we will ask shoppers to stand at 6ft. intervals.
- Signage will be in place to direct shoppers to entrance and exit points.
We are in regular communication with public health officials, and will be implementing these additional health and safety recommendations:
- Markets will be food only. No food/coffee trucks or craft will be available.
- No cash or Market Money transactions for making purchases – debit/credit cards only.
- Increased number of hand washing/sanitizing stations will be in place throughout the markets.
- No product sampling of any kind.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: We ask that all shoppers attending the markets comply with the social distancing protocols in place, and use designated entrances/exits only. This may result in longer wait times than usual to purchase food, so plan your visit in advance as vendors may not be in their regular spot. Use our Market Maps to help you plan:
In order to maintain the health and safety of all VFM shoppers, vendors, and staff, please observe the following recommendations:
- Stay home if you are feeling sick.
- Use designated entrances/exits only (see attached map for details).
- Observe social distancing – maintain 6ft. of space from others at all times.
- Shop, don’t stop. Please limit your time in the market to essential food shopping only.
- No dogs in the market zone.
- Try to limit attendance to one household member.
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the crease of your elbow.
- Avoid handling produce and food items you do not intend to buy. Wash your produce thoroughly.
For more information, and to find out what’s in season, follow Vancouver Farmers Markets on Facebook and Twitter.