I started my adult path towards organic food and sustainable agriculture after a moment in a supermarket in New Haven in 2003. But, in some ways it started when I was much younger with my granny. We'd always walk along the railroad tracks that had been converted to a pathway by her house in Ashford-on-the-Water in England and pick enough berries for fruit leader and fruit tarts. I just remember how much I loved eating handfuls of blackberries and raspberries, when they were fresh and juicy. I loved walking with her on those cool, damp afternoons through the green pathways and then arguing over whether something was a pie or tart as we made the dough in her kitchen.
There is a new farmers market in Vancouver at Station Street, near the Main Street SkyTrain Station on Wednesdays from 3 to 7pm. The site is a gem, with Thornton Park on one side and the stately Pacific Central Station on the other. You can get there by bus train, bike, foot and automobile.
Everything for sale there is of course local.
This most urban of Vancouver's farmers markets, is one of the locations for the BC Association of Farmers Markets' Coupon Project which helps low-income pregnant women and low income families with children to access fresh local BC produce. Vancouver Farmers Markets has been involved since the start of this project in 2007.
To reach out to those DTES residents who may not be part of the coupon program, VFM has created the Station Street Hospitality Tent where neighbours can sit, talk and enjoy some local fruit and vegetables while they're at the market. A monthly sponsorship of this tent is availble. To learn more contact the VFM office: info(a)eatlocal.org.
Local food shouldn't be a luxury. It is so good and right that fresh BC produce is now available for everyone in this downtown neighbourhood.
Vancity has been a long time supporter of the Vancouver Farmers Markets (since 1995!) and their Head office and local branch is just on the other side of Main St. Come down to the market on opening day, Wednesday June 10th, visit the Vancity tent, show your membership card and receive a free Vancity shopping bag.