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Sunday, June 30, 2013

What's Happening in July

The sun is out, and it's a good thing, because there are lots of outdoor events and activities this month! (And some indoor ones for when you need some shade.)

UBC Farm Tours

Location: UBC Farm (3461 Ross Drive / Vancouver - map)
Dates: Every Saturday, at 11:00 am
Cost: FREE

Interested in exploring the UBC Farm and learning about different community programs or work being done? Or maybe you're just curious to see urban agriculture in action?

Join UBC Farm staff for a free public tour of the farm during the farm market.

Want to find out more about the UBC Farm? Check out their website: http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/about/

Also make sure to visit their Public Events and Workshops page for information on their workshop series and children's programs.

EPIC Sustainable Living Festival

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St / Vancouver - map)
Dates: July 6 and 7, from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Cost: Tickets

In its 7th year, EPIC Fest has moved from the Vancouver Convention Centre to an all-new venue, the VanDusen Botanical Garden. The Festival combines its sustainable living marketplace with live outdoor entertainment, food and drink tastings, gardening workshops, documentary screenings, and dozens of speakers on various sustainability and environmental topics.

Please bring your own bags with you. Parking, while available at the Gardens, is also limited; consider taking public transit or biking. The Bike Valet will be on site to check in bicycles.

For more information on the event and ticketing, visit the EPIC Fest website here.

Bread Baking Workshop

Location: East Vancouver (address to be disclosed at registration)
Date: July 13, 2013, from 1:00 pm 4:00 pm
Cost: $35

Join other foodies and learn tricks for baking satisfying, chewy, no-knead bread at home! No experience is necessary.

To register, send an email to The Homesteading Mamas. Pre-payment can be made by email money transfer or cheque.

For more information on The Homesteading Mamas, visit their website here.

Grandview-Woodlands Food and Gardening Workshops

Canning Basics: July 15, 2013, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm ($10)

Winter Garden: July 17, 2013, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fruit Tree Pruning: July 18, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm ($15)
Fertilizing Naturally: July 24, 2013, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm ($15)
How to Eat Your Way Out of Stress: July 28, 2013, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm ($12)

For a complete listing of workshops, locations, more information, or to register, visit the Grandview-Woodlands website: http://gwfoodconnection.wordpress.com/workshops/

Vancouver Farmers' Markets

West End Farmers' Market
Location: 1100 Block of Comox Street at Mole Hill (map)
Dates: June 1, 2013 to October 19, 2013
Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Main Street Station Market
Location: 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park, Main Street Skytrain Station (map)
Dates: June 5, 2013 to October 2, 2013
Hours: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm each Wednesday

Kerrisdale Village Farmers' Market
Location: East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue, near Kerrisdale Arena (map)
Dates: June 15, 2013 to October 12, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Trout Lake Market
Location: John Hendry Park, North Parking Lot (East 13th Avenue @ Lakewood and Templeton / Vancouver - map)
Dates: May 11, 2013 to October 19, 2013
Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Kitsilano Market
Location: Kitsilano Community Centre, Parking Lot (2690 Larch Street / Vancouver - map)
Dates: May 12, 2013 to October 20, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each Sunday

Vendors include farmers, fishers, artisans, food preparers, and more! The markets this year will also feature a great list of events and activities, as well as the upcoming Fun With Food stations, getting people of all ages involved in food literacy education. Click here for more information on events at the markets.

In an effort to reduce plastic use at the market, please bring your own shopping bags.

For more information on the market, including transportation and parking at the site, please visit their website: http://www.eatlocal.org/

Artisan Farmers' Markets

Lonsdale Quay
Location: Lonsdale Quay, East Plaza (123 Carrie Cates Court / North Vancouver - map)
Dates: May 4, 2013 to October 26, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each Saturday

Burnaby Market
Location: Burnaby City Hall, North Parking Lot (4949 Canada Way / Burnaby - map)
Dates: May 4, 2013 to October 26, 2013
Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Ambleside Market
Location: West Vancouver Police Station, Parking Lot (13th and 14th Street and Bellevue Avenue / West Vancouver - map)
Dates: May 5, 2013 to October 27, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each Sunday

Find a great selection of conventional and organic foods, from fresh produce to prepared food and handmade products. There's everything from jam, honey, and salsa to berries and greens!

The markets also host a book exchange, reading area, and activities table and live music.

In an effort to reduce plastic use, please bring your own plastic or reusable shopping bags.

For more information on these markets, including monthly market events, visit the Artisan Farmers' Markets website: http://www.artisanmarkets.ca/

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