The telltale sign of summer has arrived, and it’s not the weather — farmers’ market season is here!
Throughout spring and summer you’ll find an abundance of markets across the coast selling farm fresh produce, locally-raised meats, tasty treats, and artisan crafts, all made and sold by farmers, growers, bakers, and makers who live down the street.
So the next time you’re visiting the Sunshine Coast, grab a tote bag, head to a market and load up on all manner of edible things to enjoy beach-side, at the park, or from the top of a mountain.
From Langdale to Lund, here are the farmers’ markets that are open this summer:
Gibsons Farmers’ Market at Persephone Brewing
What: Spread out amongst Persephone’s 11-acre beer farm, the weekly Gibsons Farmers’ Market is home to a number of local vendors, selling mostly fresh, in-season produce, along with some crafts and local foods like jams, honey, and preserves. After, grab a pint from the brewery to enjoy on one of the outdoor picnic tables and spend a leisurely afternoon in the sun.
Location: Persephone Brewing Company, 1053 Stewart Rd, Gibsons
Hours: Sundays, 10am — 3pm
Amenities: Parking on-site, in addition to street parking nearby; dog-friendly; live music on occasion; outdoor seating; food available.
Gibsons Public Market
What: While not a farmers’ market per se, the Gibsons Public Market is a year-round mainstay of the community, home to vendors selling fish, zero-waste groceries (think bulk items and organic produce), cheese, meats and more. In the market’s upstairs, you’ll find the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre (great for families) and Emmelle’s Bistro, where you can grab a bite to eat in the sunny atrium.
Location: 473 Gower Point Rd, Gibsons
Hours: Tuesday-Sundays, 10am-5pm, closed Mondays
Amenities: Parking on-site, in addition to street parking nearby; family-friendly; outdoor seating available; events and live music on occasion; a number of food vendors available; market cash and some credit cards accepted.
Gambier Island Farmers’ Market
What: The Gambier Island Farmers’ Market takes its shape as a market crawl as vendors set up at the end of their driveways along Vanguard Avenue with island-grown and -made products, seeds, plants, freshly picked flowers, eggs, local produce, pastries, and more.
This is a true community event where you’ll get the chance to meet the people who call this bucolic island home. Keep in mind Gambier is only accessible by boat (or BC Ferries), so if you do plan to visit make sure you bring enough cash (and what gear you need for the day) with you before you depart.
Location: 356 Vanguard Ave. Gambier Harbour
Hours: Saturdays, 10am — 1pm
Amenities: Family and dog-friendly; market cash and some credit cards accepted.
The Farmgate Market / Roberts Creek Community Market
What: This primarily food-only market operates year-round, but summer is an especially bountiful time to visit. Located next to the historic Robert’s Creek Community Hall, this bustling market has locally grown and made goods, including fresh, in-season produce, jams, jellies, honey, hot sauces, chocolate, and more. Grab items for a seaside picnic, then wander down the road to the Roberts Creek mandala to enjoy the fruits of your afternoon.
Location: Corner of Hwy 101 and Roberts Creek Rd; 1319 Roberts Creek Rd, Roberts Creek
Hours: Wednesdays, 1:30pm — 5:30pm
Amenities: Parking on-site and street parking nearby; family-friendly (there is a kids play area); live music on occasion; outdoor and indoor seating area; wheelchair accessible; market cash and some credit cards accepted.
Sechelt Farmers’ and Artisans Market
What: This is the largest outdoor and oldest market on the Sunshine Coast. For 25 years, the Sechelt Farmers’ Market has been a mainstay of the community, home to more than 60 vendors who set up shop along Cowrie Street each week, selling hyper-local goods, preserves, crafts, flowers, meat, seafood, beer and spirits, and of course farm-direct and garden-fresh produce. This market is also where you’ll find ready to eat meals by talented cooks on the coast, such as platters of pierogies or falafels, hummus and tabouleh, South Asian specialities, and more.
Location: 5800 Cowrie Street, Sechelt (in front of the Sechelt Public Library)
Hours: Saturdays, 9am — 2:30pm
Amenities: Parking nearby (and with designated accessible parking spaces available); accessible by public transit; and street parking nearby; family-friendly; live music on occasion; outdoor seating; dog-friendly; wheelchair accessible; market cash and some credit cards accepted.
Powell River Farmers’ Market
What: Tucked away in a picturesque park (in the aptly named Paradise Valley), this country-style farmers’ market is where vendors, community members, and visitors come together to enjoy the community’s deep agricultural traditions. You’ll find live music, cold drinks, a miniature train for kids to ride, and of course, plenty of diverse vendors selling all kinds of tasty homemade and local treats, in addition to crafts, goods and wares. Most people linger long after the market closes, so make sure to carve out enough time to enjoy this lively community event.
Location: Exhibition grounds in Paradise Valley, 4365 McLeod Rd, Powell River
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30am — 12:30pm (Sat); 12:30pm — 2:3opm (Sun)
Amenities: Parking on-site and nearby; wheelchair accessible; live music; kids areas; family-friendly; outdoor seating; market cash and some credit cards accepted.