Food

Food

Why do we cultivate food? To explore and exemplify healthy and sustainable food systems, encourage sustainable food literacy, foster socially just food systems for all, and cultivate the local food economy.

Discover the UBC Farm through your tastebuds! Get your local, certified organic, farm-fresh seasonal veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers, seeds and free-range eggs straight from the UBC Farm. Throughout the growing season, we offer farm goods through our markets, weekly CSA box, wholesale distribution, and online seed sales.

 
 
Markets

Farm Gate Sales and Farmers’ Markets

Throughout the growing season we offer three markets each week, two at the UBC Farm and one at the UBC Bookstore.

Our multi-vendor Saturday markets are our biggest, bringing in dozens of vendors selling local fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, beverages, mushrooms, food trucks, alcohol, treats, crafts and prepared foods while local musicians entertain the crowd. Tuesday Evening and Wednesday Bookstore markets provide the opportunity to get your fix of UBC Farm goods during the week, while occasional farm gate sales are scheduled during the winter and spring and seasonal u-picks for berries, pumpkins, hops and more take place alongside our markets.

Interested in becoming a vendor?

Grow your business and build community this summer at the only Farmers Market located on a working farm in Vancouver! Our market, serving the local food economy since 2004, offers great opportunities for new and returning vendors with a growing and untapped customer base, ease of access, promotional support, low fees, fantastic community, and an unparalleled experience on a beautiful farm setting in the city. Join the market and see for yourself why vendors and shoppers alike love spending their Saturdays on this picturesque farm, with all the amenities and activities of a bustling city market alongside berry and pumpkin u-picks, chef demos, live music, and fun activities for kids and families.

The market takes place every Saturday from June 1 – November 30 2019 at UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, from 10:00AM-2:00PM. We are limited in the number of vendors in certain product categories that we can accept to the market, so please apply as soon as possible to ensure the dates you want.

We are looking for recurring and weekly vendors from the following categories:

    • Producers/Farmers
    • Cheese/Dairy
    • Meat/Seafood
    • Beverage Service (including coffee, tea, and smoothies)
    • Prepared Food
    • Food Service (including food trucks)
    • Craft Products (such as jewelry, art, and bodycare)
    • Nursery Products
    • Service Vendors (such as massage and bike repairs)
    • Alcohol (such as beer, wine, cider and spirits)
    • Wild Harvest
    • Community Tables

How to apply:

  1. Ensure that you make, bake, grow, or provide the service yourself
    • As a member of the British Columbia Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM), our market adheres principle that all products sold at the market must be made, baked, grown, or raised by by the vendor themselves; we also commit to vendors whose products are made, baked, grown or raised in BC
  2. Review the 2019 UBC Farm Market Vendor Guide

    • This document explains more about our market as well as market fees, logistics, guidelines, policies, health and safety, and how to apply; please familiarize yourself with this document before applying
  3. Apply online and pay your application fee
    • You will hear back from us soon after to learn if your application is approved, pending, waitlisted, or declined

Questions at any time can be directed to Market Manager Hannah Lewis at ubcfarm.market@ubc.ca or (604)-822-5092.

 

Interested in busking at our market?

The UBC Farm Market offers buskers a place to perform in a beautiful setting, watching eagles soar overhead and families picnic on the grass while they get the chance to meet and engage with the local community, growers, and vendors. Each busker receives $20 to spend at the market for every busking slot they fill, as well as access to culled produce from the UBC Farm. We provide a tent for shade/rain protection and options for electrical hook-ups and seating. Fill out our 2019 Busker Application Form now!

Saturday Spring Markets: Select Saturdays in April and May, 10am-12pm, dates to be announced

Enjoy the bounty of year-'round local eating at our spring markets! We are selling a variety of our certified organic and farm-fresh eggs, produce, dried and fresh herbs, teas, flowers, and seeds for starting your garden. Our dedicated shoppers will be excited to learn that there is no limit on the number of eggs you can purchase at our spring markets! To be the first to find out when we schedule these dates, join our newsletter here.

Saturday Farmers' Markets

Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm at the UBC Farm: June 1st to November 30th, 2019

Don't miss the only farmers' market in Vancouver located on a working farm! Get your fill of fresh local meats and produce, browse artisan crafts, listen to musicians play while you grab lunch and a coffee, and walk the farm to visit the chickens.

In addition to certified organic and farm-fresh produce, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs from the UBC Farm, the Saturday Farmers' Market also features a variety of other local vendors selling meat, cheese, mushrooms, fruit, vegetables, nursery plants, baked goods, alcohol, prepared foods, and crafts alongside food and coffee trucks and live musicians.

Market Details:
  • Payment – Cash , Interac, Visa and Mastercard are all accepted. Please note that a small number of market vendors are cash-only.
  • Parking – See a map of the market layout and nearby parking here. Please park outside of the farm gate in the free gravel lot at Birney Ave. and Ross Drive, or along Ross Drive (2 hours free). We ask that only those shoppers with mobility challenges park in the Farm's entrance lot (2 hours free). Market customers are encouraged to carpool, bus, bike, or walk to the farm. See our contact us page for directions and maps.
  • Eggs – UBC Farm egg quantities are limited (the hens can only produce so much!) and in high demand. To ensure that as many people as possible can sample this popular treat, there is a limit of one dozen eggs per family at the UBC Farm stall. Other vendors will also be selling delicious local eggs; you can buy your fill from them!
  • Farm tours – The UBC Farm offers free public tours at 12:00PM each Saturday during the market. Please meet at the entrance to the farm five minutes prior. These public tours are provided for individuals, families and small groups interested in learning more about the UBC Farm. Please dress for the weather and with sturdy footwear as tours can get messy while walking around farm fields and gardens! For groups of more than 10 or with specific learning objectives, visit our Guided Tours page to book a customized tour with us.
Shop and save! Incentive programs for our shoppers

Pick up a UBC Farm Market Stamp Card at the market info booth, buy from five different vendors, and when your card is full, enter it at the market booth to win a $50 gift certificate to the market. We draw three times throughout the season and there is no limit on the number of cards you can enter. UBC Students can enjoy a discount on all products at the UBC Farm stall thanks to the Sustainable Food Access Fund. Show your student card at the cash register to save!

Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:30pm at the UBC Farm: June 4th to October 29th

The UBC Farm Tuesday evening market features our farm-fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs. Stop by and pick up some fresh ingredients for dinner! Cash, Interac, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Customers are encouraged to bring their own bags.

Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm at the UBC Bookstore: June 5th to October 30th

The UBC Farm Wednesday Campus Market features an assortment of fresh UBC Farm vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. This mid-week market in front of the UBC Bookstore offers students, staff and faculty members a convenient opportunity to purchase UBC Farm produce. Cash, Interac, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Customers are encouraged to bring their own bags.

 
CSA

Produce and Flower CSAs

CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture.

CSAs connect farmers and consumers in a partnership creating an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. In such a partnership CSA members buy a share in the farm at the beginning of the season and then receive a weekly box of farm goods throughout the growing season. CSAs help farmers by providing income early in the season when startup costs are high, and by guaranteeing a market for the farmer’s produce. In return, members receive a regular supply of fresh, nutritious produce grown in an ecologically sustainable way.

The UBC Farm CSA program provides members of the UBC campus and broader community with a weekly box of fresh, healthy, local, organic produce grown at the UBC Farm.

Program Duration

The 2019 program starts on Tuesday, June 12 and Saturday, June 15. The program runs for 20 weeks and ends on Tuesday, October 22 and Saturday October 26. However, the start and end dates may vary by one or two weeks due to seasonal variations. Regardless of the start date, the program will run for 20 weeks.

Pick-up Days and Times

At the UBC Farm Tuesdays (4:00 pm to 6:30 pm) or on Saturdays (11:00 am to 1:30 pm). During registration members commit to one pick-up day for the entire season. Members need to bring their own bags/baskets/containers to bring their produce home.

Cost

$600 membership for the season, which equates to a $30.00 value per week over a 20 week season. Pending availability, add-ons of Biweekly eggs ($80) and a Flowers CSA ($200+tax) can supplement your CSA registration. Online debit or credit card payment for the CSA Program is due at the time of registration. The payment is 80% refundable through April 30, 2019 and non-refundable thereafter.

Waitlist

We are currently registering returning members to the 2019 CSA. If you are still interested in joining the wait list please submit your contact information here. The 2020 CSA Waitlist will be posted in June 2019.

Important Dates:

Registration: First week of February. 2018 CSA Members are encouraged to check your emails frequently and ensure the account ubcfarm.csa@ubc.ca is added to your safe sender list.

 

What’s in a weekly share?

The variety of the box will change week to week as we progress through the season. Each week consists of 5 to 8 items, enough for two people who eat a lot of vegetables. You can expect to receive more items in the late summer when more varieties are available. Please keep in mind we only grow three types of fruits (strawberries, blueberries and apples), all of which have brief harvest windows. The program will introduce you to lesser known veggies, as well as familiar favorites.

Check out our seasonal availability guide for more information:

All Season Items Spring Specialties Summer Specialties Fall Specialties
Eggs Garlic Scapes Annual Herbs Apples
Arugula Snap Peas Beans Daikon Radishes
Beets Snow Peas Beets Fennel Bulb
Carrots Spinach Blueberries Leeks
Collards Strawberries Carrots Potatoes
Kale Cucumbers Pumpkins
Lettuce Heads Fresh Garlic Spinach
Mizuna Fresh Onions Storage Garlic
Mustard Greens New Potatoes Turnips
Perennial Herbs Peppers Winter Squash
Radishes Tomatoes
Salad Mix Zucchini
Swiss Chard Flower bouquets

We are thrilled to be offering a full flower CSA for the 2019 season! A share in our flower season signs you up for a weekly bouquet from our fields: wrapped, stamped, and ready for you to take home or gift. We are excited to make these bouquets unique each week, drawing on the 40+ varieties we grow. As with our produce CSA, the flower CSA allows you to enjoy diverse blooms over the course of the season and learn about varieties that thrive in our climate, but are otherwise hard to find as they don’t withstand the long-distance travel required by the conventional industry. Joining our flower CSA supports us in striving to grow flowers with as much integrity as we do food.

Program Duration

The 2019 season will begin mid July and run until mid September (exact start date will be confirmed as the season approaches). The program runs for 10 weeks.

Pick-up Days and Times:

Shares are picked up at the UBC Farm on Tuesdays 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm or Saturdays 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. During registration members commit to one pick-up day for the entire season.

Cost

$200 plus tax.

Waitlist

Interested in becoming a Flower CSA member for the 2019 season? Please submit your information to our wait list. We will be in touch in February when the program registration season opens. If you were a 2018 Produce CSA member you do not need to sign up for the wait list. You will be able to sign up for a Flower CSA when you register for the 2018 CSA program.

Important Dates
February 2019 Registration opens
Early-July  Program begins
Mid-September Final pickup, program ends
What if I don't like everything?

We encourage you to enjoy all the produce in your weekly box, even if it is not your favorite. Some things do take time to love. You may find yourself learning to love what you previously thought unlovable. Each week we will include a recipe for the week’s produce in case you’re unsure of how to cook it. Additionally, we do have a swap box available to trade out one of your not-so-favorite items for something you might prefer instead.

Can I purchase add-ons?

There are three ways to purchase add-ons. 1) Pending availability, members can prepay for a standing order of eggs and/or flowers during CSA registration. 2) Members can place specific orders for seasonal specialty & bulk items communicated through the CSA newsletter. 3) Members can simply purchase add-ons at the Tuesday or Saturday markets while picking up the CSA share. All non-prepaid add-on items need to be paid for at the time of pick-up. We accept cash, debit or credit cards for add-on payments.

While add-ons are subject to availability, they are always filled on a first come first serve basis. Assuming availability, members are still charged for pre-ordered add-ons even when they do not pick up their shares. Similar to your share, if your pre-ordered add-ons are not picked up they will be redistributed to avoid waste.

Are there different share sizes?

We currently do not offer different share sizes. We recommend finding a friend to split a share if you are not interested in a full share. We also limit shares to one per household in order to provide more household access to UBC Farm produce. Members wanting additional produce can always purchase add-ons at the Tuesday and Saturday markets.

Is the UBC Farm Certified Organic?

Yes! Read more about what organic means at the UBC Farm.

What is unique about UBC Farm’s CSA program?

The CSA program is an agricultural marketing and distribution initiative that is part of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems within the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems. While we strive to provide professional quality services to our CSA members, the ultimate goal of the program is educational. The CSA program provides experiential learning opportunities for both students and volunteers, and all financial proceeds go towards the operation of the farm. More than 2,500 students each year directly benefit from this unique learning environment.

For more information on CSA programs

Access USDA’s database of publications related to Community Supported Agriculture, including surveys and statistics on the economic benefits of such programs.

 
 
Flowers

Purchasing Flowers

Interested in sourcing freshly cut flowers from the UBC Farm?

At the UBC Farm, we believe flowers should be grown as our food is grown – locally and organic, without the use of chemicals and without travelling across the globe. By purchasing flowers from the UBC Farm, you are supporting the Farm in its efforts to cultivate a space which feeds the community, educates all ages about land stewardship, and is at the vanguard of research to continue the advance of organic growing practices.

The UBC Farm offers people a source for their flowers that directly supports our small-scale community farm and are produced in a way that enhances the environment rather than degrades it. Our flowers are all grown on-site on just under ¼ of an acre, using ecologically sustainable practices; like everything we grow, they are Certified Organic. We work to improve our soils through compost, amendments and cover cropping. The diversity of our blooms provide an extended season of forage for native pollinators, as well as our honey bees. Buying UBC Farm flowers means that your flowers will have travelled the shortest distance possible from our field to your home or event.

We may be small, but our blooms are incredibly diverse! We grow over 40 varieties of annual and perennial cut flowers. Our bouquets are always seasonal, offering incredible variety from summer to fall. We focus on flower varieties that perform well in our climate and with our soil conditions. Many of the flowers we grow are harder to find in grocery stores or florist shops, as they cannot easily withstanding the long-distance travel the commercial floral industry is based on. A quick visit to the flower field will be enough to show you the incredible range of varieties and colours available throughout the season. Check out our flower packages and buy locally with us this season!

Local, Sustainable and Seasonal Market Bouquets

We sell weekly bouquets at our Tuesday Evening Market, Wednesday Bookstore Market and Saturday UBC Farm Farmers’ Market throughout the growing season, from July to September.
 
Come by one of our markets this season for some beautiful seasonal blooms!

Farm-to-Florist

The UBC Farm partners with numerous florists in Vancouver to provide them with local and organic blooms.  If you are a florist interested in sourcing flowers from us during our growing season please contact us for a fresh sheet, we would love to work with you! Please get in touch by email.

Wedding and Event Packages

In recent years, we’ve enjoyed offering flower packages for weddings. Being that we host many weddings on the Farm, it seems especially fitting for the flowers to come from a field that’s just around the corner from the wedding itself.

Our flowers are generally available from June to early October, with some shifts in availability depending on the weather. Because we are selling seasonal flowers, we can’t guarantee that particular varieties or colours will be available for the day of your event, but we will provide armfuls of fresh, beautiful blooms that fit your vision, as nature allows.

We sell flowers by the bucket to those interested in arranging themselves, as well as offer pre-arranged bridal bouquets, large decorative bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnières.

Click here for more info and updated pricing for the coming season's event flower services.

Since we’re not eating the flowers (though we do grow edible varieties too!), is it important to follow organic practices? In short, yes. Conventionally grown flowers are tied to a variety of chemicals during both the growing and the processing phases. This includes synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and floral preservatives. These chemicals are damaging to both the environment and the health of the farmers and florists working with them. Sustainable growing practices and land stewardship apply to all crops, be it something we eat, or something like flowers which beautifies a space and helps lift our spirits. In terms of supporting local agriculture, the narrative is similar to that of local food: buying local, sustainably-grown flowers encourages ecologically-responsible agriculture, supports farmers in your community, and ensures you are getting the freshest bouquets possible.

 

 
Seeds

UBC Farm Seeds

Plan your season with us

Here at the UBC Farm, we are committed to preserving our seeds as certified organic, open-pollinated, regionally adapted, held in the public domain, and GE-free. One of our core beliefs is that seed sovereignty is an essential part of sustainable bioregional food systems. That is why we are dedicated to our seed trials research with FarmFolk CityFolk, and are founding members of BC's very own Eco Seed Co-op. If you are looking for ecologically sound seeds for your garden or farm, and want to support research for the public interest, consider growing your farm or garden with our seeds.

Our seeds are now available to order online at the BC Eco Seed Coop!
 
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