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Vancouver Island Farmers Markets

About Farmer Markets

Relax into island time and enjoy the variety of food and drink made available by the region's warm climate. Almost every town on Vancouver Island has a farmers' market, and many of them are open all year, allowing you to eat all year seasonally.

At one of the region's hundreds of farmers' markets, you may get ultra-local fruits and vegetables, fresh dairy, mushrooms, and honey, as well as wine, cider, and mead. With an ocean wind at your back, shop for fresh goods from hundreds of local merchants.

Despite being the most significant island on North America's west coast, Vancouver Island has a laid-back island vibe, making it simple to relax, recover, and recharge in the region's metropolitan centers, tiny villages, and cozy harbors.

In addition to the gorgeous Gulf Islands, this location provides breathtaking ocean vistas, snow-capped mountains, softly curved beaches, and great wildlife watching of furred, feathered, and finned companions.

Shoppers are advised to protect themselves, other guests, market personnel, and merchants to keep markets open and safe. Basic rules include:

  • Stay home if you're sick.
  • Maintain physical distance from people.
  • Don't linger.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow.
  • Avoid handling goods you don't intend to buy and wash reusable bags and baskets regularly.

Errington Farmers’ Market

Errington's local artisans and food producers have gathered in the woodland area behind Errington Park on Saturday mornings for more than 40 years. Over the years, a permanent bandstand and café offering hot food and beverages have been built alongside purpose-made wooden farm stalls, transforming this small gathering in the woods into an essential local attraction for fresh cuisine, family fun, and community pride.

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

Since a handful of local farmers united in 1992 and began selling their fruit directly to their friends and neighbors, the Comox Valley Farmers' Market has become a community tradition. Every Saturday during the summer at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, a few original exhibitors are joined by hundreds of new food producers before relocating indoors to the Native Son's Hall from October to April.

North Saanich Farm Market

A small group of committed volunteers has been bringing the community together for a weekly meeting among the lush gardens of West Saanich Road for more than 13 years.

The North Saanich Farm Market, which runs from the beginning of June to Thanksgiving weekend, is a hub of community spirit where the Peninsula's top food producers present fresh fruits and vegetables, local lamb, cattle, and seafood – as well as some of the region's most prized fresh-baked pieces of bread.

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Oaklands Sunset Market

The Oaklands Sunset Market began as a community festival, gathering neighbors and local businesses to meet and create connections. Since its inception, the market has increased in size, capacity, and breadth, but it remains committed to supporting local economic growth, community ties, and arts and culture.

Esquimalt Farmers Market

The Esquimalt Farmers Market was established to provide a community meeting space for connection building, access to nutritious local food, and equity-based sustainability in Esquimalt.