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    Posted by Shawna Quinn April 14, 2014 - 1,882 views - 0 comments - 2 likes - #markets  #vancouver island  #farmers market  #eat local  #eat fresh  #100 mile diet  #produce  #agritourism 

    Vancouver Island fresh produce - Photo courtesy of Island Farm and Garden Magazine

    Eating local is important, and there are few places on earth where finding local food can be such a mouth-watering adventure. In the spring, Vancouver Island farmers and producers begin to open their doors to visitors and consumers, and farmer's markets that have been dormant for the winter months start to splash their color and flavors along roadsides, streets, and parking lots.

    One of the most enjoyable activities for tourists in warmer months on the island is to explore the landscape through the taste buds, sampling and savoring the bounty from the earth they stand on. Curly fiddleheads, crisp green scallions, crunchy kale, and gorgeous asparagus are some of the stars of the season, and ambling through markets to pick out colorful ingredients for dinner is a delectable way to spend a Saturday.


    Below is a list of the major Farmer's Markets on the Island. For more information check out the link below to BC's Farm Fresh guide, or ask around when you arrive. The locals know best how to eat, well, local!





    South Island & Gulf Islands


    Sidney Street MarketBeacon Avenue, Sidney

    June to August (Thursdays) - 5-8:30PM


    Moss Street MarketSir James Douglas Elementary School, Victoria

    May 1 to Oct 30 (Saturdays) - 10AM-2PM


    Oak Bay Village – Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria

    June through September (3rd Wednesday of each month) – 4-8PM


    Oaklands Community Market - 2877 Belmont Avenue, Victoria

    May to Sept (1st Thursday of each month) – 5-8PM


    North Saanich Farm MarketSt. John’s United Church, North Saanich

    End of June to end of October (Saturdays) – 9:30AM-12:30PM


    Salt Spring Island’s Market in the ParkCentennial Park in Ganges

    April to Oct (Saturdays) – 8AM-4PM


    Sooke Country Market – 2047 Otter Point Road, Sooke

    May to Oct (Saturdays) – 10AM-2PM


    James Bay Market – Corner of Menzies and Superior Sts., James Bay

    May to Oct (Saturdays) - 9AM-3PM


    Victoria Downtown Farmer’s Market – 1701 Douglas St, Victoria

    Year Round (Wednesdays and Saturdays) – 11AM-3PM


    Metchosin Farmer’s Market – Metchosin Municipal Grounds, Metchosin

    May to Oct (Sundays) – 11AM-2PM


    Goldstream Station Market – Bryn Maur Road, Langford

    June to Oct (Saturdays) – 10AM-2PM


    Peninsula Country Market – Saanich Fairground, Brentwood Bay

    June to Oct (Saturdays) – 9AM-1PM




    Duncan's Farmers Market Duncan City Square, Duncan

    Year Round (Saturdays) – 9AM-2PM


    Honeymoon Bay Outdoor Market - 10063 South Shore Road,Honeymoon Bay

    May to October (Saturdays) – 10AM to 2PM


    South Cowichan Farmers Market4790 Trans Canada HWY

    April to October (Sundays) – 10AM to 3PM, (Fridays) - 2PM to 7PM


    Ladysmith's Tuesday Night Make it, Bake it, Grow it Market, Transfer Beach Ladysmith

    June to September (Tuesdays) – 2PM to 6PM


    Mill Bay Farmers Market, 2720 Mill Bay Road, Mill Bay

    May to September (Thursdays) – 2PM to 7PM


    Chemainus Wednesday MarketWaterwheel Park, Chemainus

    June to September (Wednesdays) – 11AM-4:30PM



    Central Island


    Parksville Farmers’ Market, Coastal Community Credit Union, Parksville

    May to September (Sundays) - 10AM to 2PM


    Orange Bridge Market, Parksville

    June to September (Saturdays) – 10AM to 2PM


    Bowen Road Farmers’ Market, Bowen Road, Lantzville

    May to Mid-Oct (Wednesdays) – 4-6:30PM


    Lantzville Farmers’ Market, 7113 Lantzville Road, Lantzville

    May to Oct (Sundays) – 1:30-4PM


    Port Alberni Farmers' Market, 6211 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni

    Year Round (Saturdays) – 9AM to 12PM


    Errington Farmers' Market, Errington Community Park, Errington

    May to Sept (Saturdays) – 10AM to 1PM


    Nanaimo Downtown Farmers' Market, Pioneer Waterfront Plaza, Nanaimo

    May to Oct & Canada Day (Fridays) – 10AM to 2PM


    Qualicum Beach Farmer's MarketVeteran’s Way at Memorial, Qualicum Beach

    Mar to Sept (Saturdays) – 8AM to 12PM


    Gabriola Island Farmers Market, Corner of North and South Road, Gabriola Island

    May to Oct (Saturdays) – 10AM to 1PM


    Cedar Farmers Market, 2313 Yellow Point Road, Cedar

    May to Oct (Sundays) – 10AM to 2PM


    Magnolia Court Summer Market, 6996 West Island Highway, Bowser/Deep Bay

    June to August (Wednesdays) – 6-8:30PM


    North Island


    Comox Valley Farmers' Market - Courtenay

    Year Round (Saturdays) – 9AM to 12PM

    April 16 to Oct 9 – Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds; Oct 16 to April 16 – Native Son’s Hall

    June 15 to September 28 (Wednesdays) - Comox Bay Farm


    Pier Street Farmers’ Market - Campbell River Fishing Pier, Campbell River

    May 3 to September 27 (Sundays) – 9AM to 2PM


    Port Alberni Farmers’ MarketHarbour Quay, Port Alberni

    Year Round (Saturdays) – 8:30AM to 12PM


    Hornby Island Farmer's Market, Sollans Road, Hornby Island

    May to July (Saturdays - & Wednesdays after July) – 11AM to 2PM


    Quadra Island Farmers Market & Bazaar, Quadra Island Credit Union, Quadra Island

    May to Sept (Saturdays) – 10AM to 2PM