This morning I visited the Farmers Market in Kitsilano that is adjacent to the Kitsilano Community Centre at 10th and Larch. We have four Farmers Markets in Vancouver and all of them are located either in public parks or adjacent to them – the other three are at Trout Lake, Hillcrest-Riley Park, and Nelson Park. COPE is a strong advocate for Farmer’s Markets in Vancouver since they make locally-grown food accessible to us city dwellers.
While I was at the market, I met an artist, Rae Mate, who lives in my neighbourhood of Douglas Park. Rae was selling greeting cards which were made from photos of her original paintings. While a few artists do arrange to have booths at Farmers Markets, there are probably many more artists who would like the opportunity to do so. COPE Park Board policy is to look at establishing Arts Markets adjacent to the existing Farmers Markets, if artists and the community are in favour.
After I visited the market, I went home and cooked Thanksgiving dinner. And I still have some locally-grown baby turnips to cook up with the leftovers tomorrow!