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Let the Markets Begin….

As spring gets a little closer to summer the local markets start opening up their stalls. From the large markets that take up streets and fields to the ‘pocket markets’ that bring produce around the corner .. there is something for everyone.

The first starter is the Moss Street Market which returns with half days April 17 & 24 and a full schedule May 1 (Saturday 10-2).

Wednesday Nights and Saturdays and will be the hot days for markets around the Capital Region. A few exceptions are the Metchosin (Sundays) and Sidney (Thursday Night)

If you don’t mind a bit of travel; up the Malahat Crofton and Duncan have regular markets and a short ferry ride will get you to Mayne, Saltspring and Pender Islands’ markets. Special mention to the Duncan Market which runs all year round but returns to it’s regular location in the Square on March 20th.

It is still Early in the season for some but here are the details so far and the links to the individual websites (where available)

  • Colwood Farmers’ Market – Wednesday June 2nd to September 29th 2010 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Crofton Market – Open from May to September 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturdays
  • Duncan Farmers’ Market – Starting March 20th, the Market returns to the Square 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturdays
  • Esquimalt Community Market – Wednesday
  • Goldstream Station Market – Open from June to October 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturdays
  • Government Street Market Victoria
  • James Bay Market – Saturday
  • Mayfair Market Victoria Wednesday 4:00 to 8:00 PM June to September
  • Mayne Island Farmers’ Market Open from May long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturdays
  • Moss Street Farmers’ Market Saturday
  • North Saanich Farm Market Monthly Spring markets March – May, regular markets will run 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Saturdays beginning June 5 to October 9th.
  • Pender Island Farmers’ Market
  • Peninsula Country Market Saturday 9:00 AM -1:00 PM June to September
  • Saltspring Island Market in the Park Saturday
  • Sidney Summer Market Thursdays 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM June to August
  • Sooke Country Market Saturday

For details of Markets all over the province check out the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets:

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) represents farmers’ markets throughout the Province. To become a member, vendors must make, bake or grow the products and then sell them at the market. Farmers’ markets sell a wide range of farm-fresh, wholesome foods including fruits and vegetables, organics, specialty cheese, eggs, beef, seafood, jams, artisan products, and so much more!

In addition to the Markets, many local farms will also sell direct, for information about local producers check out Island Farm Fresh Web site.

The Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association is a non-profit association of about 75 growers and producers on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, who sell their farm and vineyard products directly to consumers.


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