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
These tiny bluish purple berries grow on flowering shrubs and are closely related to cranberries and huckleberries. Blueberries are known to be high in anti-oxidants and are among the most nutrient-dense berries. They are a delicious, convenient snack for young and old, or freeze well for a taste of summer during the winter months.
What's Fresh in this Region?Apples, apricot, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, corn, cucumber, garlic, kale, leek, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, nectarine, onions (green, red, yellow), parsnip, peach, pears, peppers, plum, potatoes, radish, raspberries, rhubarb, shallots, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, turnip, zucchini.
Featured Market Profile
A relaxing farmers market among friends. The Peninsula Country Market takes over the historic Saanich Fairgrounds every Saturday morning with the combined energy of dozens of local vendors, families, and friendly dogs of all shapes and sizes. At the heart of this vibrant community market are the local families who enjoy a calm country morning…