Many Thanks for 5 Great Years of the Oak Street Farmers Market

After five years of providing locally-grown, certified-organic produce and other locally-produced food, crafts and services to the South Vancouver community, the Oak Street Farmers Market is ceasing operations and will not be returning for 2016.

We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to all of the customers, vendors, sponsors, volunteers and other supporters who made this market such a thriving community hub over the past 5 years.

We are very glad to have had the opportunity to provide the local community not only with excellent local organic food, and other high-quality goods and services over the past five years, but also to have been able to make each market a joyful celebration of community – with educational outreach, great music, and many enjoyable special events.

The Oak Street Farmers market would like to thank the Unitarian Church of Vancouver for providing the space and resources for the market, without which it could not have existed. Vancity Credit Union and the City of Vancouver helped immensely as well. Also to be thanked are the market managers who worked diligently to keep the market going year after year, and an especially large thank- you to members of the Oak Street Farmers Market Steering Committee, past and present, and the many other volunteers who made it all possible.

Though our farmers’ market is ending, we do not see it as a failure. During its time, it promoted and encouraged the Unitarian values of caring for community and the environment, and contributed to the growing movement of local farmers’ markets in Vancouver. We will always remember it as a successful endeavour for all those who were involved with it. We will not cry because it is over, we will smile and celebrate because it happened.

Please join us for some Special Events at the market!

Ongoing until Oct. 31 – Photo Exhibit by longtime OSFM vendor Gail Stephan

Visit the UCV Sanctuary and Fireside Room (throughout the rest of the market season) to view Gail’s beautiful photography exhibit entitled “Dhristi” (Sanskrit for focal point; outward awareness & inner consciousness)

Artist’s Reception Sept. 18 from 7 – 9 pm.

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October 7 – Popcorn and Movie Night – 7:30 pm, in the Unitarian Church Hall.

Free Screening of the Gemini award-winning NFB Documentary “Being Caribou.” Free organic popcorn!  Free organic apple cider!

In this feature-length documentary, husband and wife team Karsten Heuer (wildlife biologist) and Leanne Allison (environmentalist) follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot across 1500 km of Arctic tundra. In following the herd’s migration, the couple hoped to raise awareness of the threats to the caribou’s survival.

With a talk afterward by co-director (and current market manager) Diana Wilson.

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Vancity to Share Farmers’ Market Goodness with Members!

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We’re very excited to share the news that our generous partner and long-time sponsor, Vancity, will be directly showing their support for local organic farmers (and their members!) by sharing some of the bounty of summer’s produce at their Oakridge Branch.

Each Friday and Saturday for the next 9 weeks, the Oakridge Branch will be giving their members fresh seasonal vegetables or fruits from one of Oak Street Farmers Market’s Certified-Organic farmers (while supplies last.)  Members will also receive a discount coupon and an invitation to come check out the market and Meet Their Farmer, and see what other delicious offerings are available.

If you are already a Vancity member, stop by the Oakridge Branch on Friday or Saturday until Oct.  10 to check out what the give-away of the week is.  And if you aren’t a Vancity member yet, what better time to join and support the credit union that supports local farmers, farmers markets, sustainability and local food security!

July is #MeetMyMarket month!

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Introduce a friend to your favourite BC Farmers’ Market in July to enter to win one of two amazing getaways for two to Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan, to enjoy this spectacular view in person!

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(And of course, we hope that Oak Street Farmer’s Market is YOUR favourite market!)

There will also be weekly prize draws throughout July for $50 to spend at the farmers’ market of your choice.

How Can You Enter?

In person at the market: Simply bring a friend to your favourite farmers’ market and fill out a ballot at the info booth.

(If you bring a friend to introduce them to the Oak Street Farmer’s Market, stop by the Market Info Booth to tell us and we will also give both you and your friend a free market shopping bag (value $8) as a thank-you!)

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Via social media: Snap a photo of your favourite farmers’ market – either a picture of the market itself or your favourite market find – and post it on Instagram or Twitter tagging @bcfarmersmarket and using hashtag #MeetMyMarket . Not on Instagram or Twitter? No problem. You can also enter via the BCAFM Facebook Page contest tab.

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Here is the announcement for the winner of the first weekly prize.  Come on out to the market this week and post your own entry and you could be next week’s winner!

 

 

CELEBRATE CANADA DAY AT OAK STREET FARMERS’ MARKET!

 

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July 1 is Canada Day – and what better way to celebrate than to stop by the Oak Street Farmers’ Market to pick up some fresh, organic deliciousness to take home for your Canada Day dinner?  Come dressed in your festive red and white and enjoy free Canada Day cupcakes, as well as free prize draws for items generously contributed by participating vendors, including a lovely Maple Leaf print donated by artist Carol McQuaid (as seen in the photo above.)  There will also be games for the kids, as well as story time at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

Sable Shortbread will also have a free Canada Day cookie for anyone who stops by their booth (while supplies last).

We will also have facepainting and henna by donation from this week’s Community Partners – Simran and Gurnaz Sandhu, two sisters who are contestants in the Miss British Columbia and Miss Teen BC pageants (respectively.)  They are raising funds for Cops for Cancer, a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society and police officers, RCMP and emergency services personnel from across British Columbia.

You will also be able to enjoy the live music of Holly Beckmyer from 3 – 5 pm.  Then from 5-7 pm, Steph Barratt will be entertaining market customers.

July 1 also marks the kick-off of the BC Association of Farmers Markets Meet My Market campaign, in which we are proudly participating.  Bring a friend to any of our markets in July, and stop by the Market Info Table to let us know that you have brought them to introduce them to the market, and we will give both you and your friend a free Oak Street Market shopping bag (value $8.)  At the Info Table you will also be able to enter the BC Association of Farmers Markets draw for weekly prizes of $50 to spend at your favourite market, and the grand prize of a luxurious getaway for two to the Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan.  (You can also enter by posting a photo of your favourite market on social media @bcfarmersmarket using the hashtag #MeetMyMarket to enter.)

Happy Canada Day and Happy Marketing!

 

Check Out our Vendor Line Up for 2015!

Wednesday June 3 marks the Grand Opening of the 5th season of the Oak Street Farmers Market.  We’re thrilled to be welcoming back many returning vendors, as well as a few new ones for 2015.

Please click on their name to learn more about each vendor.  Then come out to meet them in person and enjoy the bounty of fresh local food, drinks, crafts and services from 3 – 7 pm every Wed. until Oct. 14.

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMS

• Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm

• Langley Organic Growers

• Anderson Organic Farm

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OTHER FOOD VENDORS

• Fresh Wild Enterprises (seafood)

• Carmen’s Bake House (enchiladas, quesadillas, cheesecake, tiramisu)

• A Bread Affair (organic bread and pastries)

• Alliga (flax oil and flax seeds, dips and hummus and baked goods made with flax oil)

Amazing Foods (gluten-free cereal, snacks, spices, tea)

Tiger Tea (organic, tumeric spice tea)

Bubble Bombs (fruit juice-filled pearls)

Sable Shortbread Company

Holly Food (Iranian Canadian street food truck)

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Wine, Beer, Mead & Spirits Vendors

• Dragon Mist Distillery (vodka, gin, baijiu)

• BC Wine Studio

Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery (mead, honey & honey products)

Dogwood Organic Brewery

Thee Sisters Winery

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Plants, Artisans & Services

• VanParidon Perennial Gardens (shade perennials)

Gail Stephan – GKS Photos (photos and photo cards)  

• Laura Harrison – Ishtars Pottery (stoneware)

The McBrides – Zer Designs (handmade wall hangings and jewelry)

Zaleska Jewelry

Robyn Prefontaine Handcrafted Limited Designs (jewlery)

Bits and Key (recycled and upcycled jewelry)

• Gypsy Jem Gals (jewelry)

• Mr Sharp’s Knife & Tool Sharpening

• Sewlutions (clothing repairs and sewing)

• Tania Marshall/Shiatsu Massage Company

 

Volunteers Wanted for the 2015 Season!

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We are actively seeking volunteers to help out at this year’s market!

Come find out how much fun it is to be a part of strengthening the local food economy and gain valuable work experience.

We need volunteers to help us with the following:

  • Outreach & Community Marketing
  • Market Setup and Takedown
  • Staffing our information table
  • Special Events
  • Traffic management
  • Promotions and surveys

If you are interested, please fill in the Volunteer Application Form

OSFM Holiday Artisan Markets: Dec 7th & 14!

The OSFM will be running two Holiday Artisan Markets at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver on:

Sunday December 7th from 10 am – 2 pm

Sunday December 14th from 10 am – 2 pm & 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Both days will feature unique, locally hand-crafted gifts like pottery, jewellery, photos and cards, organic skin and baby-care products, hand-painted silk scarves and stained glass window decor.

There will also be delicious baking from Sweet Thea, preserves, honey, gluten & sugar-free desserts and chocolate, Mexican sweets and Archimallows’ Gourmet Marshmallows – all perfect gifts or treats to make your holidays sweeter!

Finally look for Mr. Sharp and his knife-sharpening services in order to ensure that all of your knives are in tip-top shape for this holiday’s feasts!

Come and support local businesses this holiday season and also the OSFM as 10% of all proceeds will go towards our 2015 season! We hope to see you there!