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Vancouver’s largest farmers market is the Saturday market at Trout Lake, on the city’s East Side. Vendors sell both local produce and prepared foods, and local performers often entertain market visitors. The Trout Lake Market runs from mid-May to mid-October, from 9am-2pm Saturdays. Another popular market is the Sunday Kitsilano Farmers Market, on the West Side. The Kits market season is also mid-May to mid-October; market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The University of British Columbia operates an on-campus farm, and you can purchase the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor at the weekly UBC Farm Market. The UBC Farm Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June through October.
Farmers Markets are incredibly popular and have turned into family-friendly weekend events with food trucks, guest chefs and loads of local produce, baked goods, meat, poultry and bread, with farmers, artisans and vendors happy to discuss growing techniques and even food preparation suggestions. The Winter Market runs from November to April (yes, even through the wet days) in the parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium (home to Vancouver’s minor league baseball team). During the spring and summer, Trout Lake is often rated as the city’s most loved summer market. It runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and is a samplers paradise, with loads of cheese makers, bakers and small-batch creators of jams, salsas and sauces offering up tiny bites. Last summer the 4-star rated Shangri-la Hotel, Vancouver held an upscale farmers market on the patio of the MARKET by Jean Georges restaurant. Hopefully it makes a reappearance in 2013.