Making a bucket list for the remainder of summer? You may want to add visiting a B.C. farmers’ market to the list! With 145-plus farmers’ markets across B.C., it’s easy to find a local market near you using the BC Farmers’ Market Trail produced by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM). As the definitive guide to finding the freshest food and handmade artisan goods, the Trail can help locals and visitors enhance their travel experience, reconnect with communities around the province and support local businesses across the markets within B.C. By visiting local farmers’ markets, British Columbians will enjoy fresh air while shopping outdoors and directly invest in 4,000-plus local farmers and entrepreneurs. These are the heroes safeguarding B.C.’s foodlands and sustaining the local economy for future generations.
Farmers’ market visitors can also enjoy and rediscover regional flavours that reflect the supernatural landscapes and unique communities that surround them. Plus, when you visit a local farmers’ market, you’re bound to come across some really unique and innovative businesses! Take a look at some of the unique food vendors you can explore during this year’s farmers’ market season, below! —Vita Daily
susgrainable. From Metro Vancouver and at the Coquitlam Farmers Market and Port Moody Farmers Market, Susgrainable reuses spent grains from the beer-brewing process to make premium baking mixes and flours. Why? To tackle alarming food waste rates in Canada and to produce healthier baking goods for Canadians. The “waste” from the beer is actually full of fibre, protein and minerals.
dancing bear kitchen. From the Sunshine Coast and at the Sechelt Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, this creator of delicious, 100 per cent plant-based cheese—all dairy-free, soy-free and made from organic nuts—also sells vegan and gluten-free sauces like Spicy Nacho Cheese and Creamy Alfredo.
black jaguar chocolate. From the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin and at Nelson Farmers Market, this maker of ceremonial cacao—with cacao grown in a tropical rainforest in Nicaragua—boasts a product lineup that includes a Mayan Traditional Blend and a Pure Bean Paste, which are both gluten-free, sugar-free, soy-free, organic and vegan.
moon organics. From Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands and at James Bay Community Market and Esquimalt Farmers’ Market, this creator of nutritious superfood blends made with ingredients commonly found in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda diets offers a line of products that include blends like Sunny Delight (a soothing “golden beverage” made with turmeric), Matcha Ritual (a matcha beverage) and Pink Power (a superfood blend made with pink fruits and Ashwagandha and perfect to use as natural food dye).
brave child farm. From Metro Vancouver and at Nikkei Garden Farmers Market (a new market located in Burnaby, B.C.), this enterprise run by farmers Yuko Suda and Mike Millar specializes in growing more than 40 varieties of vegetables, with a focus on traditional Asian vegetables, including mizuna, shishito peppers and Japanese Leeks.