You may think we’re a little obsessed with the farmers market these days, and the truth is we’re VERY obsessed because it’s one of our main areas of focus. Connecting people with where their food comes from is what Foodtree is all about, and there’s no better place than the farmers market to bring together consumers interested in fresh local food and the producers and farmers who grow it.
I love going to the farmers market because it’s the place where I’m reminded that food is a beautiful thing. Where food is tastier when eaten in season rather than shipped from afar. I get really excited about finding some of my favorite food items, like asparagus, and enjoy them thoroughly for the short time they’re around.
These are just some of the many items available from vendors at last Saturday’s market at Trout Lake. Don’t they look enticing?
Apple juice from Klippers Organics
This woman was loaded down with two giant bags of rhubarb!
Radishes from SOLEfood farm
Fiddleheads from Promised Land Farm
Mushrooms from Richmond Specialty Mushroom Growers
It was great to see so many people in attendance last weekend despite the grey and rainy day.
The Foodtree Team was glad to be there for opening day…we had an excellent morning talking to farmers, shopping for food, and tasting the season’s new food. Next weekend we’ll be at Kitsilano Farmers Market; make sure you say hello if you are there!
Headed to Vancouver’s Trout Lake Farmers Market tomorrow? We know we are…nearly our entire team will be there (a few of us have to stay keep plugging along in the Treehouse, boo). If you are there, we’ll be tweeting and using the #VanFarmers hashtag to record the day.
Why the #VanFarmers hashtag?
Hashtags let everyone monitor a specific conversation…to pull it out of the stream of other things happening on Twitter.
We’ll be able to look at the conversation celebrating the season and its food producers quite easily if we’re using the hashtag to track it.
Following the hashtag is easy. You can head to twitter.com and search the hashtag to get a stream of tweets that include it.
There are also tools that make tracking a hashtag easy (most include other features for using social media), Hootsuite being the one of choice here at Foodtree. Other tools include deeper social media solutions like Seesmic or Tweetdeck, and lighter ‘listening’ tools like TweetChat or Monitter.
If you want to join us in a little mission, we’re using an interesting new tool called Epic.io to track the #vanfarmers hashtag as a celebration of local food producers. To join us you just join our mission: Celebrate Vancouver’s Local Food Producers
Foodtree Mobile Web
You can also see from the screenshot above that we have a mobile layer on Foodtree that you’ll see if you visit http://foodtree.com from your smart phone. The mobile map represents food assets near you; farmers markets and restaurants near you.
We’ll be updating our mobile site throughout the season to deliver more information to you while you’re out moving around, but our attention is also on building a dedicated iPhone app, which you can sign up to beta test here.
Enjoy your weekend!
This Saturday May 14th marks the beginning of the spring/summer Farmers Market season in Vancouver!
It’s opening day of the Trout Lake Market, and close to seventy vendors from farmers to food trucks will be there to provide fresh local food. Two items I’m hoping to find at the market this weekend are asparagus, and rhubarb – but I also love the food from the Roaming Dragon food truck.
The Market is located in the North parking lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake, between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley.
This is a map to the new location.
It will be open from 9am to 2pm every Saturday from now until October 22nd.
Our team will be there this weekend so make sure to let us know if you’re there. We tend to tweet a lot, so you can follow us @foodtree or using the #vanfarmers hashtag.
In this episode Foodtree went on a little investigative reporting trying to find which restaurants some of the vendors at the Winter Farmers Market sell their produce to. We chatted to some farmers, a chef and an adventuring appetite.