Authors: Registered Dietitians
(HealthCastle.com) You may have thought that farmers' market season was over for the year, but in Vancouver that's not true! Our mild climate means some things grow all winter long, and there are plenty of local farmers with lots of winter fruits and veggies still in the field. If you want to connect with them, head down to the Winter Farmers' Market, Saturdays at Nat Bailey Stadium. The winter market runs every Saturday through April 27 (closed December 29) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
So, what can you expect to find at the farmers' market and stores in the depths of a Vancouver winter?
|Apples||All year long|
|Beets||Now to the end of the year|
|Brussels Sprouts||Now to the end of the year|
|Cabbage||Now through February|
|Carrots||Now thru January|
|Garlic||Now to the end of the year|
|Herbs: Bay leaves, Rosemary, Sage and Thymes||All year long|
|Kale||All year long|
|Kiwi||Now thru January|
|Leeks||Now thru February|
|Onions (red/yellow)||Now thru March|
|Pears||Now thru March|
|Potatoes||Now to the end of the year|
|Turnips||Now thru February|
|Winter Squash||Now thru January|
If you go this week, you may even catch some of the last carrots, cauliflower, leeks, and onions of the season.
Starting in early spring, new things start to come into season well before the rest of the farmers' markets open. First to arrive will be asparagus, chives, rhubarb and spinach in April.
In addition to all that fresh produce, the winter market also features local meat and seafood, cheese, bread and other baking, crafts, and food trucks. If you live in an apartment or condo and don't have access to the city's food scraps collection program, you can also drop off your food scraps (diverting them from the landfill) at the Food Scraps Drop Spot for a $2 fee.
You can find a map of the Winter Market and a list of the vendors by week on the EatLocal.org website.