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Vancouver Farmers Markets 2012 Summer @vanmarkets via @miss604

Local blogger Miss604’s got a great roundup of this season’s Vancouver farmers markets. Don’t forget to grab our iPhone app to promote the local producers and show the community what’s fresh near them!

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Trout Lake Farmers Market (foodtree profile)

Location: North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake
Dates: Saturdays, May 12, 2012 to October 20, 2012
Hours: 9:00am to 2:00pm each week

Kitsilano Farmers Market (foodtree profile)

Location: Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre (2690 Larch at 10th)
Dates: Sundays, May 20, 2012 to October 21, 2012
Hours: 10:00am to 2:00pm each week

West End Farmers Market (foodtree profile)

Location: 1100 Block of Comox across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill
Dates: Saturdays, June 2, 2012 to October 20, 2012
Hours: 9:00am to 2:00pm each week

Main Street Market (foodtree profile)

Location: Main Street Station at Thornton Park (across from the train station)
Dates: Wednesdays, June 6, 2012 to October 3, 2012
Hours: 3:00pm to 7:00pm each week

Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market (foodtree profile)

Location: East Boulevard between 37th and 41st (near Kerrisdale Arena)
Dates: Saturdays, July 7, 2012 to October 6, 2012
Hours: 10:00am to 2:00pm each week

See you all at the markets!

Trivia: Trout Lake Farmers Market is the very first business record ever on Foodtree!

Growing Chefs & Foodtree at the Vancouver Farmers Market

Beginning next week Growing Chefs will be promoting the local food challenge with a community table at the Vancouver Farmers Markets. The Foodtree team will also be on site sharing the same tent as we partner to support the challenge and also demonstrate the use of our app in finding fresh local food at the market.

You can find us and Growing Chefs at the following locations and dates during August:

Main Street Farmers Market – August 3rd
West End Farmers Market – August 6th
Trout Lake Farmers Market – August 13th
Kitsilano Farmers Market – August 14th

Growing Chefs local food challenge takes place the week of August 14th to 20th, and is open to everyone. Sign up today and help Growing Chefs meet their fundraising goals by participating and eating local.

We look forward to seeing you at the Farmers Market.

Farmers Market Scavenger Hunts – A Recap #vanfarmers


This past holiday weekend, the Foodtree team spent two days at our local farmers markets celebrating food, farmers, and food lovers. It was a really exciting few days for us, especially because all of you were so excited about the app and the vision we have for this company!

Each morning we set up a tent (solar-powered on Sunday!) and sent food lovers around the market looking for beautiful food photos, as well as where those foods were from. Everyone who participated got a gift and afterwards we awarded prizes for Most Photos and Best Photostream.

The app hit the App Store last Wednesday for Vancouver and Boulder, Colorado…both cities have vibrant farmers markets in full swing right now. Early Saturday morning, the pictures started flying!

farmers market, vancouver farmers market, local food

App Demos, Giveaways, Fun!

The Foodtree Team was displaying real-time images of the photos being taken in Vancouver (we also checked in on Boulder). People couldn’t believe all the geeky tech at a farmers market! Our tent was bustling with inquisitive food lovers and locals who’d downloaded the app and wanted to give it a test drive. We offered demos, helped people install the app, and even loaned out iPhones for people who didn’t have them.

Farmer participation was incredible…before the event we’d spoken with a group of the vendors about being a part of our scavenger hunt, but when we showed up and started setting up, vendors began stopping by asking to join in the fun.

We were obviously happy to expand the photo scavenger hunts to include their tents.

Special Thanks

  • Our prizes for Most Photos came from the Roaming Dragon Truck team, who are a staple at the markets, and serve up some seriously delicious food. Look at the photos taken of their truck and menu here. Thanks again guys.
  • Of course we’d like to expressly thank the Vancouver Farmers Market team, who have been truly wonderful these last few weeks as we prepared to celebrate the vendors and our new app. You were a huge element of this celebration’s success, and welcomed an unusual promotion of local food into your markets last weekend.
  • Steamclock Software, a local development shop run by Allen Pike, were instrumental in building the app itself and are forever highly recommended by us.
  • EATart, a local art lab that promotes sustainable energy via art, was behind our solar powered panels on Sunday, powering all the laptops, iPads, and iPhones.

In addition, we ran two special scavenger hunts on Saturday with some of the hardest working citizens and food advocates in town.

  • The first involved Councillor Andrea Reimer, Chef Robert Clark (of C Restaurant among others), Tara McDonald (ED of Vancouver’s Farmers Markets), Amanda Gibbs (previously Museum of Vancouver’s Dir. of Engagement), and our very own CEO Anthony Nicalo.
  • The second involved a few of the many wonderful food advocates we have in this town; Mark Busse (Foodists), Annika Reinhardt (SocialBites), Kaishin Chu (DashofFood), and Mijune Pak (FollowMeFoodie).

Everyone involved took a ton of photos and gave us great feedback on the app, vision, and experience.

Thank you for being a part of such a special event for us.

Oh, and a Special Thank You to Mother Nature, who has made it clear that she’s a big fan of Foodtree! What unexpectedly gorgeous weather this weekend!

Run Your Own Scavenger Hunt!

The response to this weekend was incredible, and a lot of fun for everyone.

The magic was the connections made. Photo hunters noticed foods they’d never heard of. Chefs were introduced to farmers. Food lovers deepened relationships with particular vendors, and farmers saw their products being shared and celebrated all over the community.

We want to spread that excitement!  Ever since the event we’ve been working on a do-it-yourself package to enable anyone to recreate the event we put together. Don’t worry…solar power and flatscreens aren’t required:)  Stay tuned!

Unlocking the App in Your Community

Since the event we’ve received lots of requests from farmers markets, farmers, and food lovers about including their locations and connections in the app. We’re hearing you, and we’ll be clearly outlining exactly how to unlock cities and get markets/vendors into the app really, really soon.

If you have questions or would like to see yourself (or your community) in the Foodtree app, email us (friends@ foodtree dot com) or drop into our community forums to get started.

Come celebrate local farmers, fresh food, and our new iPhone app!

Foodtree and the City of Vancouver are excited to invite food lovers and food geeks to participate in the launch of an innovative citizen-driven tool for sharing information about our local food system.

WHAT: Foodtree + City of Vancouver iPhone app launch!

WHERE/WHEN: Trout Lake Farmers Market July 2nd, & Kitsilano Farmers Market July 3rd

RSVP via Plancast or just show up!

Beginning 10am on July 2nd at the Trout Lake Farmers Market, we’ll be introducing a free mobile phone application that allows users to interact with growers, producers and food at our local farmers markets. The app lets users share photos of fresh food around them, where that food is found and who produced it.

At both markets, folks will be invited to participate in a lively scavenger hunt with other community leaders, elected officials, chefs and innovators who are passionate about food, sustainability and citizen engagement with our food system. We’ll be giving participants prizes ranging from Farmers Market Dollars and food truck coupons to handsome new Foodtree swag.

We’ll loan smart phones for demonstration purposes and real-time results will be broadcast on screens at the Foodtree/ City of Vancouver booth.

Trout Lake Farmers Market July 2nd, 10am to 2pm[map]

Kitsilano Farmers Market July 3rd, 10am to 2pm [map]

This project has emerged at a unique time. The City of Vancouver is driving global leadership in urban food systems. Foodtree is committed to helping people understand where their food comes from, who produces it, and who handles it as it travels from its source to their plate. The app is an exciting result of the synergies between our missions.

The entire weekend will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Please come down to one of the farmers markets and stop by the Foodtree tent!

Checking into Farmers Markets on @Gowalla

Hey did you know you can help raise money for charity just by checking into US-based farmers market on Gowalla? Well you can.

Gowalla is a location-based mobile app which has joined forces with Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner (yes, the actress) in supporting the charity, Save the Children Society, which is a program that provides food for children living in poverty in Africa. The campaign is called, “Make Time for Change” and also promotes eating food that is fresh and local.

What we love about this idea is that it promotes farmers markets. Every time you check into a US farmers market using Gowalla, Frigidaire will donate one dollar to Save the Children Society. It’s a win-win situation really, because you’re promoting and supporting farmers markets while raising money for charity.

Check out the details here, and don’t forget to check-in.

Main Street Farmers Market in Vancouver tomorrow! #vanfarmers

Vancouver is about to explode with Canucks pride, having earned the right to fight for their first Stanley Cup title ever if they defeat the Boston Bruins, starting tomorrow night. They have come close in the past…one game away, in fact*…and aim for this to be the year that Lord Stanley’s Cup spends some quality time in BC.

Also tomorrow is the Main Street market opening, which you can stop by and still make it home with plenty of time to see the Game 1 national anthems being sung. The market is open from 3pm to 7pm, and in honor of the hockey game you’ll be welcomed with a few special treats!

  • prizes for kids who come to market in Canucks gear
  • they’ll be playing the game on the radio for listeners
  • 15% and free market money transactions for those in Canucks gear
  • Canucks score guessing game – pay $1 and guess how many goals the Canucks will score. Entries with correct guess will be entered to win a prize!
As for the Foodtree team, well, we’ll be heading over early to pick up some fresh food for dinner during the game. If you’re there, let us know!
Don’t forget…if you’re on twitter, we’re using the #vanfarmers hashtag to celebrate our local producers this season!

*That one game is, of course, the loss to the Rangers in 1994 that was nearly tied in the third period with a shot off the post, and sparked a series of riots in downtown Vancouver. This year, we shall celebrate!

Kitsilano Farmers Market Opening #vanfarmers

The Vancouver Farmers Market awesomeness continues this weekend with the opening of the Kitsilano Market on Sunday. There are fifty two vendors at this market for your food shopping pleasure, and four food trucks in case you need second breakfast or lunch.

Violinists @ Kits Farmers Market

The Kitsilano Market is located in the parking lot of the Kits Community Centre on 10th Avenue near Larch. It will be open 10am to 2pm every Sunday, starting this weekend until October 23rd.

Our team will again be onsite for the market opening. You can follow what we’re up to @foodtree on twitter, or use the hashtag #vanfarmers.