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
Broccoli is a nutrient-dense vegetable under the cabbage family, traditionally valued for boosting health and longevity. To get the most of its nutrient content, consume broccoli as soon as you get them fresh from your farmers’ market, preferably within three days. Another way to make the most of its phytonutrients and fiber is to eat the stalks and its leafy greens, along with the florets!
What's fresh in this region?apples, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, leek, lettuce, mushrooms, onions (red, yellow), parsnip, pears, potatoes, pumpkin, quince, strawberries, turnip
Featured Market Profile
Connecting young and old through food and music along the Alberni Inlet. The Spirit Square Farmers’ Market is proud to provide a central venue that connects Port Alberni farmers with the local community, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Harbour Quay. Though some vendors have attended for more than 20 years, a recent uptick…