Eat Your Greens! The Best Farm Markets to Visit this Summer

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There are so many wonderful things about summertime in Victoria. Days are long and the  weather is perfect for cycling, hiking, kayaking, fishing, shopping, dining…the list is endless in this city. But there’s one thing that you won’t want to miss during your summer stay; the farmer’s markets. With beach days and BBQ’s ahead, you’re going to need to stock up on the freshest local ingredients and we’ve got just the places for you! 

Moss Street Market

Every Saturday, right in the heart of beautiful Fairfield, you’ll find the long standing, bustling Moss Street Market. Every year, this market has grown and today, you can find over 50 farm vendors, artisans and food producers at this little community market. This year, the Moss St Market is celebrating its 30th year so if you’re staying at Manor Suite Off Rockland, Craigdarroch Executive or Burdett Executive Condo wander down, enjoy the music, stock up on the most incredible food and produce, support a local artisan and soak up life in this lively community! 

May – October 10am – 2pm, November – April 10am – 1pm every Saturday

 James Bay Community Market 

In James Bay you’ll find gorgeous streets, sunny beaches, great eateries and every Saturday until 3pm, the small but very cool James Bay Community Market. In this laid back village market, you can get local produce and ethically raised meat, lots of incredible locally made prepared food and artisanal goods. Plus, if you are staying at Reef Executive Condo, Harbourview Executive At The Reef, Beacon Hill View Condo or the Seaglass Suite you can walk to the market in less than 10 minutes! In a hurry but still want to shop local? No problem! You can order online and choose delivery or pickup at check out! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

May 1st – October 2nd every Saturday 9am – 3pm

Esquimalt Farmers Market   

Established only six years ago, the Esquimalt Farmers Market (EFM) is the new kid on the scene. But don’t let that fool you! The EFM is also one of the fastest growing and well planned markets in the Victoria area. With a focus on local suppliers, which includes backyard farmers, this innovative market has been a game-changer for solidifying, growing and supporting the Esquimalt community. No matter where you are coming from, this cool new market is worth supporting and if you are staying at Monaco Living or Ironworks Living Executive Condo it’s just a quick cycle across the bridge! 

April 1st – September 16th every Thursday 4:30pm – 7:30pm

The Peninsula Country Market

Just outside of Victoria you’ll find the lively Peninsula Country Market. This community staple has been running since 1991 and is a large scale market with over 50 vendors participating each year. It’s the perfect way to get a taste of the Saanich country living and familiarize yourself with all the amazing local farmers and producers we have. Plus it’s an easy cycle from both Prospect lake Country Cottage and Dalmeny Farm Estate and a quick drive from everywhere else. This market is a great way to get out of the city for a sunny afternoon.

June 5th – October 9th every Saturday 9am – 1pm  

The North Saanich Farm Market

If you are staying at Oceanside Lodge On Saanich Inlet, Pendray House or Oceanfront Escape, this little market is only a short drive away. While it may not have the clout of the Peninsula Country Market or the draw of the Moss Street Market, what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in the carefully curated selection of vendors. Here you can find colourful displays of the most amazing fresh produce from the north Peninsula as well as some of the most delicious, highly coveted, local breads. It’s the perfect pre-beach pit stop to load up on fresh goodies! 

June 5th – October 9th every Saturday 9am – 1pm

The Sidney Street Market

Sidney is an incredible, quiet little town but in the summer with the Sidney Street Market, it becomes a lively bustling town. Row upon row of local farmers, food producers and artisans will converge on the Mary Winspear Center in May and it’s here that you can find incredible food, fresh produce, ethically raised meat and gorgeous art and incredible crafts. It’s the perfect way to spend a day and if you’re staying nearby at Bazan Bay Beach House, Heron View Cottage, Resthaven Cottage or Miraloma 209 you can skip the parking headache, hop on your bike and take the easy cycle to this wonderful market. 

May 9th – October 10th every Sunday 11am – 3pm