It’s not the first place you’d expect to find a farm stand.
The Yaletown Farmers Market – nestled amid the trendy lofts, patio restaurants and upscale boutiques of the city’s brick warehouse district – is back. After a successful debut last year, organizers decided to bring the market back for another run, offering hungry condo dwellers access to fresh local fruits, veggies and more.
Each Thursday, from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., a one-block stretch of Mainland Street adjacent the Yaletown Skytrain Station is transformed into a bustling outdoor market. Dozens of vendors selling organic produce, meats and fish, baked goods and more set up along the sidewalks, catering to an estimated 2,500-4,000 shoppers each week.
Specialty items on offer have included organic herbs, handmade sausages, artisan olive oils, gourmet cupcakes, home-baked breads and local fish and seafood, not to mention all kinds of leafy green veggies, potatoes, apples and more trucked in from local farms. Live music and plenty of free samples add to the festive atmosphere.
The market has proven popular among urbanites seeking to stock up on fresh produce on the way home from the office, as well as downtown denizens eager to avoid the crowds just across False Creek at the Granville Island Public Market. It’s one of seven official farmers markets staged each week during the summer months by the Vancouver Farmers Markets group.
The Yaletown Farmers Market is held on Mainland Street between Davie and Helmcken Streets on Thursdays, from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., during the May 1-Oct. 2 season.
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