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Monday, September 30, 2013

What's Happening in October

The weather is pretty unpredictable these days, but between rainy, boot-mandatory days and cool, sunnier days, there's sure to be something this month for you! (Especially when you get bored with being cooped up inside all day.)

Just remember to bring a rain jacket and an umbrella...

Sustenance Festival

Location: Check website for event locations
Dates: October 8 to October 22, 2013

In its 5th year, drop by the Festival for an exciting lineup of events, the standing exhibition, or any number of the workshops being held at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. Workshops include Backyard Chickens 101, Seed Saving, and Canning and Preserving and are either free or up to $30, depending on the topic.

Also happening are other community events such as potlucks, garden tours, and exhibits at locations around the city.

For information on the events, to register for a workshop, or for more on the Festival, please visit the official website: http://www.sustenancefestival.ca/

How We Grow, Share, and Eat Lecture Series

Location: Online (or The University of Winnipeg)
Dates: September 26, 2013 to March 20, 2014
Cost: FREE

For those gross, rainy days (or if you happen to live in Manitoba), check out this lecture series on sustainable food and farming systems. The public lectures will be posted on their website.

To find out more about the lecture series, visit the Menno Simons College event website: http://www.mscollege.ca/foodsecurity/schedule/

UBC Markets

Wednesday Campus Market

Location: IK Barber Learning Centre (East Mall and Agricultural Road / Vancouver - map)
Dates: July 3, 2013 to October 16, 2013
Hours: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm every Wednesday

The UBC Farm Wednesday Campus Market features an assortment of fresh UBC Farm produce. This mid-week market in front of the IK Barber Library offers students, staff, and faculty members a convenient opportunity to purchase UBC Farm produce.

The Wednesday market only accepts cash, and customers are asked to bring their own bags.

For more information, visit the UBC Campus Market website here.

UBC Farm Public Market
Location: UBC Farm (3461 Ross Drive / Vancouver - map)
Dates: September 7, 2013 to November 9, 2013
Hours: Every Saturday from 9:00 am

The UBC Farm opens up every Saturday to share its amazing variety of food grown right on the UBC campus!

In addition to over 250 varieties of fresh, organically grown produce, drop by for live musicians, craftspeople, hot prepared food, bakers, and other young farm vendors.

Free public tours are also held at 11:00 am.

For more information, visit the UBC Farm Saturday Public Market website here.

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/

Interested in other classes or workshops while Burnaby Food First works on its next Workshop Schedule? Check out some of these:

Grandview-Woodlands Food Connection
Burnaby Multicultural Society
The Edible Garden Project
Rooted Nutrition

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