Mobile Market FAQ

photo (26)This Saturday coming up is the 5th in the month of August which means there are no mobile markets. We’ll be at our usual locations on September 5th! In the meantime, here is more information about the markets. Please take the time to give it a read!

Is this a farmers’ market?
Not quite. The mobile produce markets look like farmers’ market in appearance but that’s where the similarities end. Our markets are not meant to make a profit; we run a cost-neutral program. The purpose of the markets is to make food more accessible for those who can’t regularly purchase affordable food. The cost of living in Vancouver is high and we know that it can be difficult for low-income families, seniors, newcomers to Canada, and other folks to afford nutrient-rich food all the time. That’s why the markets were established!

Where do you get the food?
Every week, market staff pick up fresh produce from a distributor and our local farm partner, Fresh Roots. While we try to provide as much local and organic produce as possible, it is important to us that community members are able to afford the produce. Sometimes the food is conventional to keep costs lower. Local and organic food is more expensive (because hard-working farmers need a living wage too!) and that reflects in our prices.

What is the Cedar Cottage Food Network?
The Cedar Cottage Food Network is a non-profit organization with a mandate to increase access to affordable, healthy food as well as to provide education around all levels of the food systems from seed to table. The organization’s programs operate mainly in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood, hence our name. Besides the markets, we run cooking workshops, gardening workshops, educational community events, grocery store tours, and more! We are generously supported by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Decoda Literacy (Raise-a-Reader).

How can I contribute?
Volunteers are always a huge help to us, at the market and in other programs. If you come to the markets regularly and feel that you are in a position to pay a little more for the produce you’re purchasing, we would appreciate the donation. Money we make at the markets helps the program run for those in the community who really need it.

Thank you so much to all of our market customers – see you in September!

 

 

Market produce for August 22

My oh my do we have quite the harvest for our mobile markets this week. Although berry season has moved on we have a bunch of melons and squash available. 
Try making these honeydew melon popsicles. Check out the website for more info. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/honeydew-melon-and-cilantro-ice-pops.html

Try making these honeydew melon popsicles. Check out the website for more info. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/honeydew-melon-and-cilantro-ice-pops.html

Here is what to expect at the market this week:

  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Honeydew Melons (BC and organic)
  • Watermelons (BC and organic)
  • Beets (BC and organic)
  • Carrots (BC and organic)
  • Patty pan squash (BC and organic)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Peaches (BC)
  • Corn (BC)
  • Walla Walla Onions (Washington)
  • Butternut squash (BC)
  • Tomatoes Heirloom (BC)

In addition, we’ll have the following hyper-local goodies from Fresh Roots Urban Farm on offer:

  • Swiss chard
  • Salad turnips
  • Beets
  • Parsley
  • Kale
  • Garlic

Fresh Roots’ produce is grown in schoolyards right here in Vancouver (Van Tech and David Thompson Secondary Schools, to be exact). That means the footprint of this produce is much smaller than conventional as it travels less than 10km to get to our markets. You can taste the difference in their food!

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. From 10:00am-12:00pm, we’ll be at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House (Victoria Dr. and 24th ave.) and from 2-4pm, we’ll be at South Van Neighbourhood House (Victoria Dr. and 49th ave.). Don’t forget to sample some of the delicious recipes at South Van’s tasting kitchen.

See you this weekend!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding. 

Market produce – Aug. 15

Summer is beginning to wind down so we’re stocking up on the local BC produce while it’s still in season! Here is what will be available this Saturday at Brant Villa (10am-12pm) and Kensington Community Centre (2-4pm):

  • Bananas (organic)
  • Strawberries (grown in BC)
  • Blueberries (grown in BC)
  • Peaches (grown in BC)
  • Bi-colour corn (grown in BC)
  • Cucumbers (grown in BC)
  • White mushrooms (grown in BC)
  • Yukon gold nugget potatoes (grown in BC)
  • Baby bok choy (grown in BC)
  • Heirloom tomatoes (grown in BC)

In addition, we’ll have the following hyper-local goodies from Fresh Roots Urban Farm on offer:

Thinly sliced salad turnips make a crunchy and delicious addition to your next salad.

Thinly sliced salad turnips make a crunchy and delicious addition to any salad. Photo: raybradleyfarm.com

  • Swiss chard
  • Salad turnips
  • Beets
  • Parsley
  • Kale
  • Garlic

Fresh Roots’ produce is grown in schoolyards right here in Vancouver (Van Tech and David Thompson Secondary Schools, to be exact). That means the footprint of this produce is much smaller than conventional as it travels less than 10km to get to our markets. You can taste the difference in their food!

See you this weekend!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding. 

Market Produce for August 8th

This week the mobile market will have our weekly order of hyper local, organically grown, greens and herbs from the school yard gardens of  Fresh Roots Urban Farm

Here is what else to expect at the markets this week:

  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Bananas (S America and Organic)
  • Carrots (BC and Organic)
  • Celery (BC and Organic)
  • Patty pan squash (BC and Organic)
  • Cherries (BC)
  • Limes (Mexico)
  • Peaches (California)
  • Plums (BC)
  • Watermelons (California)
  • Wax Beans (BC)
  • Corn (BC)
  • Green Onions (BC)
  • Eggplant (BC)
We will be at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House from 10:00am to 12:00pm and Orchard Park from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.