One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is visit the Vancouver Farmer’s Market. This weekly event happens Spring through Fall in downtown near Esther Short Park. It is open Saturday 9am – 3pm and Sunday 10am – 3pm. **Please note that during COVID soft opening, the first hour is reserved for seniors and anyone with an underlying health condition.
The Farmer’s Market is a wonderful place to source fresh, locally grown produce, meats, breads and baked goods, honey, flowers and artisan offerings covering everything from woodworking, art, soap, hot sauce, and nut butters to jam! There are over 200 vendors that frequent the Farmer’s Market. It’s an excellent opportunity to buy local and support your community! On nice days, they feature street musicians and performers, and they also have fresh food vendors to satisfy all appetites!
I love to explore the booths and pick out the food I need for the week, and get some treats, too! Then I’ll pick out a snack or a lunch from the food booths, and have a nice picnic in the park.
Parking can be hard to come by, as this is a pretty popular community event, but there are designated lots where you can pay to park, or make a donation to different community organizations in exchange for a convenient parking spot. If you are able to walk in or take public transportation (it’s right near the C-tran transit station), those are both great options.
The market is pet and child friendly, but they do request that you keep your pet on a leash, and your eyes on your child. It can be easy to lose track of both in the crowds.
**During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Farmer’s Market has instituted a new program that allows you to shop online from the vendors present at the market and pick up your purchases on Sunday. Please note that you need to have your order in by Thursday to be able to pick up your groceries on Sunday at the Slocum House. Details are on the site linked above. If you do choose to physically attend the Farmer’s Market, please be aware of the shopping guidelines. They are requesting that only one individual from a household attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing, use cards instead of cash when possible, and shop with your eyes and not your hands unless you are purchasing. During this time, only service dogs are allowed at the market.