Enjoy fresh foods from the land and Salish Sea with an ocean breeze at your back.
Ease into island time and enjoy the abundance of food and drink made possible by the mild climate across this region. Nearly every community here has a farmers’ market, many are open year-round, letting you eat with the seasons all year long. Find ultra local fruit, veggies, fresh dairy, mushrooms, and honey as well as wine, cider and mead at one of the dozens of farmers’ markets in this region. Shop for fresh foods from the hundreds of local vendors with an ocean breeze at your back
Despite being the largest island on the west coast of North America, Vancouver Island has a laid back island feel, making it easy to relax, restore and recharge in the region’s cosmopolitan centres, small towns and snug harbours. Along with the stunning Gulf Islands, this region offers spectacular ocean views, snow-capped mountains, softly curving beaches, and incredible wildlife viewing of furred, feathered and finned friends.
What’s in Season in Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands
Rich in vitamins K, A and C, kale offers a multitude of health benefits, including antioxidants. This versatile superfood can easily be added in your meals for a boost of vitamins and nutrients. Add frozen kale to your smoothies in the morning, make kale chips for a savoury snack, or sauté it lightly with fresh garlic for a quick and simple side dish!
What's fresh in this region?mushrooms, radish, rhubarb, spinach
Featured Market Profile
Providing Nanaimo with year-round food security. The Island Roots Market Co-Op is Nanaimo’s only year-round market, welcoming the community to Beban Park every Wednesday in the summer before moving indoors to the Centennial Building in the fall/winter. This food-focused market is alive with local music, food, and retail as friends, families, and neighbours gather around…