Mobile Market Summer Food Swap

The summer season means a lot of us are planting and growing our own fruits and veggies. It also makes it the perfect opportunity to swap produce with fellow mobile market go-ers!

Come and join us at the mobile markets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and exchange your homegrown produce with your neighbours or even us. This event will only run from now until September, so make sure to spread the word and bring a friend!

 

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Market Produce – June 28

Photo by Element5 Digital

 

Come and check out the Thursday markets and have a tasting at the community kitchen.
We’re blending up smoothies at Biltmore Housing this Thursday!

Here is what to expect at the market this Thursday:

  • Apples Royal Gala (Wash)
  • Bananas (Guat / Ecu & Organic)
  • Avocadoes (Mex)
  • Strawberries (CA)
  • Lemons (Calif)
  • Orange (Calif)
  • Onions (Calif)

So make sure to head down to this Thursday’s mobile market locations to stock up.  We’ll be at Helping Spirits Lodge at 1:00pm to 2:00pm and Biltmore Housing at 4:00pm to 6:00pm with a Community Kitchen. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us

See you this Thursday!

 

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

Market Produce – May 5th

photo from filiericortacremona.it

Red cabbage at the market this month. Red cabbage makes a great sweet slaw paired with fruit.

Here is what to expect at the market this Saturday:

  • Apples Gala (Wash)
  • Avocados (Mex)
  • Bananas (Guat / Ecu & Organic)
  • Broccoli  (Calif)
  • Carrots snaptop (Calif / Wash)
  • Cucumber (BC)
  • Sweet Potato (Calif)
  • Yellow Onion (Wash)
  • Oranges Navel (Calif)
  • Potato Red Nugget (BC)
  • Red Cabbage (Cdn)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Cedar Cottage  at 10:00am to 11:00am, Kensington Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:00pm and Brant Villa at 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

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

Market Produce – April 26

Please come check out the Thursday markets and have a tasting at the community kitchen.
We’re serving up pakora at Biltmore Housing this Thursday please come and bring a friend!

Here is what to expect at the market this Thursday:

  • Apples Gala (BC, Organic)
  • Avocados (Mex)
  • Bananas (Guat / Mex, Organic)
  • Carrots snaptop (Calif / Wash)
  • Cucumber (BC)
  • Zucchini (Calif)
  • Yellow Onion (Wash)
  • Oranges Navel (Calif)
  • Potato Yukon Gold (BC)

So make sure to head down to this Thursday’s mobile market locations to stock up.  We”ll be at Helping  Spirit Lodge at 1:00pm to 2:00pm and Biltmore Housing at 4:00pm to 6:00pm with a Community Kitchen. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us

See you this weekend!

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

Market Produce – April 21

photo courtesy burpee.com

Turnips are in season and at the market this month. Here are some ways to cook turnip.

Here is what to expect at the market this Saturday:

  • Apples Ambrosia (BC)
  • Avocados (Mex)
  • Bananas (Guat / Mex & Organic)
  • Broccoli  (Calif)
  • Carrots snaptop (Calif / Wash)
  • Cucumber (BC)
  • Zucchini (Calif)
  • Sweet Potato (Calif)
  • Turnips (CA / US)
  • Yellow Onion (Wash)
  • Oranges Navel (Calif)
  • Potato Yukon Gold (BC)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Cedar Cottage  at 10:00am to 11:00am, Kensington Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:00pm and Brant Villa at 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

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

Market Veggies for May 7

Baked Belgian Endives

Our featured veggie this week is ENDIVES! Endives are delicious baked in the oven. Click here for a fantastic recipe.

 

Here is what to expect at the market this week:
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (BC and Organic)
  • Broccoli (California and Organic)
  • Red Leaf Lettuce (California and Organic)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Royal Gala Apples (BC)
  • Tangelos (California)
  • Mangoes (Mexico)
  • Green Kale (BC)
  • Yellow Onions (Washington)
  • Mini Cucumber (BC)
  • Endive (Washington)
  • Spinach (BC)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Brant Villa from 10:30am to 12:30pm and Kensington Community Centre from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

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

Market Veggies for April 16

ginger

This week we will have a new feature veggie: Ginger. This zesty root is great for fighting off colds or adding some flavour to your dishes.

Here is what to expect at the market this week:
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (BC and Organic)
  • Broccoli (California and Organic)
  • Red Leaf Lettuce (California and Organic)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Royal Gala Apples (BC)
  • Navel Oranges (California)
  • Green Kale (BC)
  • Red Onions (Washington)
  • Mini Cucumber (BC)
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes (BC)
  • Ginger (China)
  • Red Garnet Yams (California)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Brant Villa from 10:30am to 12:30pm and Kensington Community Centre from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

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

Market Veggies – February 13th

carrot love
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mobile Market!
Here is what to expect at the market this week:
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (BC and Organic)
  • Broccoli (California and Organic)
  • Cauliflower (California)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Royal Gala Apples (BC)
  • Navel Oranges (California)
  • Green Cabbage (BC)
  • Kale (California)
  • Pink Zebra Lemons (California)
  • Onions (Washington)
  • Red Potatoes (BC)
  • Yams (California)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. 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.

See you this weekend!

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

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 July 18

The local fruit and vegetables keep coming in! Along with leafy greens and other produce from Fresh Roots Urban Farm, we’ll have the following goodies at the mobile markets tomorrow:

  • Bananas (Organic)
  • Baby beets (grown in BC, organic)
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries (grown in BC)
  • Cherries (grown in BC)
  • Mangoes
  • Plums
  • Red cabbage (grown in BC)
  • Corn (grown in BC)
  • Tiger stripe tomatoes (grown in BC)
  • Mixed bell peppers (grown in BC)
  • Strawberries (grown in BC)

In the morning, we’ll be at Brant Villa (25th and Brant, near the Nanaimo skytrain) from 10am-12pm and in the afternoon, Kensington Community Centre (near Knight and 37th) from 2-4pm. See you there!

*Please note that produce availability is subject to change.*