Vancouver Farmers Markets


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1. Orientations

Every opportunity starts with an orientation. This is how we get to know you, you get to know us, and we give you all the behind-the-scenes information you need to make volunteering with us a success!

 

For best results, please read through our Volunteer Handbook (accessible off the home page) before coming to an orientation. 

 

See you soon!

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Vancouver Farmers Markets Volunteer Orientation 1 5/8/2018 5/8/2018

Administrative

Inside Jobs 

These opportunities usually happen inside our office during the week. They can be anything from filing and data entry to market money counting with our awesome Office Coordinator, Christa. 

(psst... they're great for people who want to help out but have a hard time being outside in the rain!)

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Market Money Counting 35 4/23/2018 12/17/2018

Busking

Musicians & Entertainers

Our markets are vibrant, family-friendly places thanks to the efforts of talented people like yourself. Thank you for applying to share your artistic skills with our shoppers this year.

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Face Paint / Balloon Art - Riley Park 26 4/28/2018 10/27/2018
Face Paint / Balloon Art - Kitsilano 3 5/6/2018 10/21/2018
Face Paint / Balloon Art - Mount Pleasant 20 5/27/2018 10/7/2018
Face Paint / Balloon Art - Trout Lake 3 5/5/2018 10/20/2018
Musician - Downtown 0 6/7/2018 10/4/2018
Musician - Kitsilano 5 5/6/2018 10/21/2018
Musician - Main Street 0 6/6/2018 10/3/2018
Musician - Mount Pleasant 2 5/27/2018 10/7/2018
Musician - Riley Park 4 4/28/2018 10/27/2018
Musician - Trout Lake 0 5/5/2018 10/20/2018
Musician - West End 5 5/26/2018 10/20/2018
Musician - Winter Market at Hastings Park 4 4/22/2018 4/29/2018

Communications and Outreach

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Membership Sales Coordinator 1

Downtown Farmers Market

Vancouver’s urban market

We’re thrilled to announce that our Downtown Market at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza opens June 1, 2017! The new home of our Thursday Yaletown Market, this local food destination is just 4 blocks north of its former location, situated on the corner of Georgia & Hamilton. Shop fresh weekly with all the same great farms and producers you know and love from Yaletown – bringing you the finest quality fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and craft, fresh fish, and local craft beer, wine and spirits.


More info, hours and location

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Fresh Box Assistant 18 6/7/2018 10/4/2018
Market Host 36 6/7/2018 10/4/2018

Hastings Park Winter Market at the PNE

Winter Market on the East Side!

Located within a thriving community close to the highway and the Second Narrows Bridge, the Hastings Park Farmers Market is a perfect place to stop and shop. PrintFind us between the Forum and the Agrodome and stroll down tree-lined pathways, wander through the Italian garden and stop by the sanctuary pond, bring the kids bundled up and play in the playground, or drop into the skateboard park if you’re brave! There’s plenty to do for everyone in the family.

The Hastings Park Farmers Market features a great selection of local produce; nursery items, fish, meat & dairy; artisan prepared foods, baking and treats; the best in local crafts, and of course, hot food trucks.

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Market Host 1 4/22/2018 4/29/2018

Main Street Station Farmers Market

The mid-week re-stock market

Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, Main Street Station market returns for it’s 7th season. Access by bus and Skytrain is exceptional at this very central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish.

You can expect to find a great selection of vendors at this market – everything from produce to meat and cheese, baking and more! Have dinner at the market as we’ll be offering hot food on-site too. Come hang out and relax in the park on a warm summer evening.

More info, hours and location

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Market Host 36 6/6/2018 10/3/2018

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Vancouver’s small town market

One of our newest farmers markets, Mt Pleasant Farmers Market has already become a community gathering place.  Neighbours amble over from a block away, dog owners pick up a coffee and some flowers on their mid-day walk, and families heading to the playground grab a bunch of carrots and some fresh salmon for dinner.

Join the conversation: Find us on Facebook, follow @Vanmarkets #mtpleasant on Twitter – we’re #mtpleasantfarmersmarket on Instagram too

More info, hours and location

 

 

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Market Host 40 5/27/2018 10/7/2018

Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market

The best place to be on a rainy Saturday

Shop local year-round: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.

Stick around for a while: Find a selection of food trucks and hot drink vendors along with market musicians for your enjoyment. We’ve got plenty of covered seating areas and warming stations too.

Come meet the producers who make, bake or grow what they sell!

More info, hours and location

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Market Host 1 4/21/2018 4/21/2018

Riley Park Farmers Market 2018

Riley Park (Ontario St @ 30th Avenue)

Saturdays April 28th - October 27th, 2018

10am - 2pm

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Market Host 53 4/28/2018 10/27/2018

Surveys

We host in-market dot surveys and occasionally do research surveys in new market locations.
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Dot Surveys - Hastings Park 2 4/22/2018 4/22/2018

Trout Lake Farmers Market

Where it all began

This is where you’ll find the vendors who have been doing it since the beginning; what started as 14 farmers ‘squatting’ at the Croatian Cultural Centre back in 1995 has grown into Vancouver’s most well-known and beloved market. Visitors come from near and far to sample artisan breads and preserves, stock up on free-range and organic eggs and meats, get the freshest, hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season.

Come meet your friends and neighbours, pick up supplies for a picnic by the lake, or just rub shoulders with farmers who care about the future of the land as much as the food they put on your plate.

More info, hours and location!

 

 

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Market Host 50 5/5/2018 10/20/2018

West End Farmers Market

Vancouver’s best kept secret

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s busy West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee on-site as well. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy a market in your urban backyard.

More info, hours and location

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Market Host 23 5/26/2018 10/20/2018

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Mission Statement

Vision

be a leading force toward healthy farms and people

Mission

transform our global food system by creating and nurturing a local, sustainable and vibrant marketplace for our community, environment and economy.

Values

As a society that oversees and administers multiple neighbourhood farmers markets in Vancouver, YLFMS operates with the following set of defined values.

Local

The shortest distance between the producer and the consumer for seasonal and value- added items grown and made in B.C., or for those products that are “uniquely Canadian” and are brought to market by the producer. No out-of-Canada imports are allowed and nothing is re-sold.

Sustainability

Sustainability is defined by a self-sufficient non-profit society (where outputs do not exceed inputs on any resource level including human, financial, creative, environmental, etc) with: clear governance policies that define the nature of full participation from its main stakeholder groups; clear recognition, endorsement and support from the municipality; fair and clear working standards for all staff; simple, user-friendly working systems in office and at markets; well-articulated, realizable plan for growth and development in all areas.

Community approach

A community approach actively seeks participation from, and development with, community members including neighbourhood market residents and supporters, area businesses, and institutions. A community approach also operates with an awareness of who is not participating, evaluates why this is and if and how those left-out can be included.