Every Saturday during the summer, a small carpark on the downtown corner of Cleveland Avenue and Victoria Street is transformed into a bustling community hub – home to the Squamish Summer Farmers’ Market.
Starting on May 2 and running through to October 31, the summer farmers’ market in Squamish is a weekly opportunity for visitors and locals to enjoy all the best that B.C. has to offer, to chat with those who make or grow the products, and to stay a while and soak up the scene.
You’ll find everything from farm-fresh vegetables to local chicken, eggs, honey and beef, as well as homemade bread, sweet treats, snacks and delicious hot food prepared on site. There are also incredible artisans creating a variety of beautiful work from unique jewelry to handmade soaps, candles and paintings of local landscapes.
More than half the vendors are from Squamish, and the rest are from around B.C., with some coming as far afield as 100 Mile House and the Okanagan just to be part of Squamish for the day.
In addition to 62 market stalls, there’s also live music each week that will get your head bobbing and toes tapping, from funk and fiddle to Latin grooves and catchy children’s tunes that’ll have the little ones up on their feet. Local performers this year will include dancers, drummers and First Nations storytellers.It’s a fun, welcoming atmosphere that invites you to stay for a while, explains market manager Carolyn Morris. “What I hear consistently from people is that they really love the strong community feel of the market. It brings people together,” she says. “We really strive to become a come, shop and stay market. There’s no need to hurry out of there. Come and connect with the community, visit the community booth, see what’s going on. Talk to the vendors, talk to people who live in the community, and enjoy the performers that we have every week.”
While enjoying your leisurely visit to the market, don’t miss the ‘What’s In’ booth which offers idea on how to transform the local produce in your basket into delicious dishes at home. “We theme it around produce that people are aware of and that they know is good for them, but maybe aren’t sure how to use,” says Morris. “Typically like Swiss chard or sunchokes, which are really exiting but people always ask ‘What do you do with them?’ It’s really hands-on and both kids and adult-friendly.”
For even more food inspiration, keep an eye out for the ‘Chef to Market’ booth happening intermittently throughout the summer, where local chefs demonstrate how to prepare delicious dishes from produce available at the market that day.
Many other events will be taking place throughout the summer at the market, including Farmer Appreciation Day, when local producers receive an extra bit of love for their dedication and hard work.
So whether you’re just out for the atmosphere, stocking up your larder or looking for a special gift, you’ll find what you need (and more) at Squamish Farmers’ Market, open each Saturday starting May 2 until October 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. •