Deciding what to do in Vancouver on a beautiful sunny day is probably the best dilemma you could possibly ask for. You could head to the North Shore for a respectable hike, take a drive out to the Fraser Valley for some berry picking, or park yourself on the beaches of Spanish Banks for the day. For a West Ender like myself, after I’ve taken my Aussie Shepherd for his morning constitutional, I like to head over to the West End Farmers Market. I don’t really have a routine, I just like to bring a couple of empty cloth bags, wander from stall-to-stall with my camera, and see what amazing foods I can incorporate into my cooking for the week.
The prices at the West End Farmers Markets aren’t always the lowest, but on the flip side, the produce is always fresh, and in season. There’s something meaningful about being able to shake hands with the grower, to see the glint of pride in their eyes as they watch people pay homage to their craft, and most importantly, to connect with our food sources.
The produce vendors generally remain the same throughout the season, however, the specialty food and craft vendors tend to rotate from one Farmer’s Market to another. This week, I stumbled across a fantastic jewelry designer and ended up buying a piece from her (more on that this week!).
If you’ve spent any time in Vancouver, you know the locals have a pretty sophisticated palate, thanks to our multicultural demographic. Companies like Frost Bites are teaching the layman how to be a better chef at home, and if you’re into mixology or baking, these are delicious!