The Westside Community Food Market
Once a week this summer, a stretch of sidewalk in Kitsilano was transformed into a community food market. Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (KNH) and the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) once again collaborated on the renamed Westside Community Food Market.
The Westside Community Food Market ran for 13 weeks in July, August and September, every Thursday from 4 PM to 7 PM. In total, 16 different vendors participated with an average of 7 vendors per market day. This included small and medium scale local farmers, backyard growers and local vendors offering bread, pastries, cookies, coffee, jams and jellies, as well as homemade food. The number of weekly visitors making at least one purchase ranged between 150 and 200.
Check out the video
prepared by one of our vendors, Fatih Balkis, and the video
prepared by our friend Berenice.
We look forward to seeing all our community members and visitors in our 2013 season markets starting next summer. We have great new ideas and delicous local food to share!
You can read the 2012 Market report here
In 2011 SPEC and Kits Neighbourhood House (KNH) hosted ten successful Pocket Markets from early July to mid September which generated $20,000 in sales for local food producers.
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 eaters. 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 connection and get feedback from costumers.
"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.
Read the full report HERE
You can also access a summary slide show HERE
More photos of the Market can be found on PickNShow
This short film by Michael Millard features one of our Pocket Market vendors Alicia Baddorf from World in a Garden.
Watch Alicia Baddorf by How Do You Do
Westside Pocket Market Contact:
604 736 7732