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Farmer's Market Recommendations?

I'm in the Sunrise Hastings area...thanks!

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  1. IMNSHO they all suck-charging even more than premium local retailers.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      wow, really? that's terrible news...retailers here are already such a rip off; at least for organic.

      1. re: 1newyorkguy

        I don't know about farmer's markets in Vancouver, but in Victoria I find that you get what you pay for. Yes, the price is high for premium produce from small, local, organic farms, but the quality is vastly superior to what one finds in a supermarket.

        I never feel "ripped off" at farmer's markets because I know many of the farmers personally and know that they are working their behinds off for negligible wages.

        1. re: anewton

          In LA, we had tons of farmer's markets with tremendous quality that were cheaper than supermarkets. They aren't paying rent or electricity, for cashiers, insurance, etc; the goods have less distance to travel/less transit cost.

          1. re: 1newyorkguy

            Well, maybe it's easier to grow food in Southern California. What I do know is that most of the local organic farmers work 12 hour days for subsistence wages.

            Another thing to look at is what produce grows well here. Things like asparagus, bell peppers, and strawberries tend to be expensive here. Mustard greens, collards, arugula, kale, chard, etc...tend to be cheaper and far fresher from farm gates than they are in supermarkets. As you've noticed, we have a cool, overcast, and damp climate much better suited for greens than for bright coloured fruits and vegetables.

            1. re: 1newyorkguy

              Not only do local growers charge more they use volunteer labour to staff their booths-it's scam any way you look @ it-$15/lb for Garlic is just criminal.

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                I'd say it's the cheap imported supermarket produce that's criminal. It gives the general population the idea that food is easy and cheap to grow. Unfortunately it's not so in BC, especially as a quality oriented farmer. The hours, the product and the relationship you develop with the farmer justifies the higher price. Slagging people who will be guaranteeing our local food safety is irresponsible and insulting.

                1. re: peter.v

                  ....And as for all the staff being volunteers Sam: just not true, many of the staff are paid like anyone else - just ask. Using the big brush to categorize and generalize doesn't help the discussion,

                  1. re: eatrustic

                    Everything's more expensive in Vancouver - at least compared to the US. Why should produce be any different?

                    Farmers markets are inherently inefficient business models for all concerned, but it's the only way for the time being that you can be reasonably sure of what you're getting. And price notwithstanding it's not always the best option - I've seen some very dark green woody leeks being sold for $2.50 each yet are really only good for chicken stock.

                    Whether you want to pay $15/lb for organic garlic (which is about the same price for the organic stuff in those net packages at IGA) or buy the cheap stuff from China is up to you.

                    1Newyorkguy - you can also look into organic delivery services such as SPUD.ca, and Daniel's Market on Commercial has some good prices on produce, including organics.

                    1. re: reiney

                      Thanks..looked at Spud.ca, Donald's Market is cheaper unfortunately. And, probably like you, I avoid anything grown in China.

      2. The same farms more or less go to all of them, so pick what's convenient for you - probably Trout Lake (Sat mornings, 9 until 2), which is also one of the bigger ones.

        For a complete list you can check out Vancouver Farmers' Markets website:
        http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html