The Westside Community Food Market is back for 2014!
Local, sustainable food not accessible enough for you? The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) and Kitsilano Neighbourhood House are trying to change that for residents of the Westside. Together, they are co-hosting the Westside Community Food Market for the fifth straight year. From July 3rd to September 25th, Westside residents will be able to pick up fresh local produce, baked goods, and other delicious food products on Thursday evenings, from 3 pm to 7 pm, along one of their favourite bike routes. The market takes place at the corner of West 8th Ave and Vine St.
The Westside Community Food Market, sponsored by Vancity and the City of Vancouver, gives small local vendors an opportunity to sell their produce directly to customers, while also helping low income and vulnerable populations access local foods close to home through a coupon program.
New this summer, the market will also have a series of “nextperts” – your next-door, neighbourhood experts – who will be presenting on topics such as food and emotions, healthy diets on a budget, preparing green smoothies, and composting at home. Market goers can enjoy live music, provided by DG Adams.
Shannon Lambie and Kristjan Johannson started Sea Tilth Farm this season, and will be at the market every week this summer. “As new farm school graduates, we could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Westside Community Food Market this summer. The fact that we are neighbours and live a block away makes this even more exciting.”
Residents and vendors alike cherish the opportunity to connect with each other. Maya Goldstein and Gili Rosenberg of Cherry on a Bike, a returning weekly vendor, have found the market to be a great opportunity to share their love of baking and dried fruit with others. “It's a great connection with the community and it's important that people are able to buy and eat locally, either baked goods with no additives or local fresh produce. We look forward to this year's market and seeing the smiling faces of people enjoying our treats.”
Check out the video prepared by one of our friend Berenice in 2012:
And another video prepared by one of our vendors, Fatih Balkis!
The Pocket Market was built on a pilot project by KNH which sought to build the local food movement by creating additional avenues for local food producers to connect with local food consumers. The market also served as an educational vehicle for local and seasonal eating and many market visitors took the opportunity to interact with vendors to learn about preparing and cooking new local produce. For small vendors, the market provided an important source of revenue and an opportunity to directly connect and get feedback from consumers.
"The direct contact between me as a producer and to the consumer; being able to collect feedback on the spot and develop a relationship that goes beyond “selling”. It is very important for me to go beyond simple supply and demand”. - Pocket Market Vendor.