UBC Farm Markets

 

Why do we run our markets? To explore and exemplify healthy and sustainable food systems, to support the local food economy, and to increase food sustainability literacy within the UBC campus and the broader Vancouver community.

Discover the UBC Farm through your tastebuds! Get your local, certified organic, farm-fresh seasonal veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs straight from the UBC Farm.

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 meats, baked goods, hot coffee and tea, mushrooms, food trucks, treats, crafts and prepared foods while local musicians entertain the crowd. Occasional farm gate sales are scheduled during the winter/spring and seasonal u-picks for berries, pumpkins, hops and more take place alongside our markets.  To be the first to know about market news, join our market fans and subscribe to our weekly community newsletter.

Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm at the UBC Farm: April 7, April 21, May 5, and May 19 2018

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!

If you want to be the first to know about any future market dates, join our newsletter here.

Interested in becoming a vendor at our market? Applications are still open for 2018!

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 2 – October 27 at UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, from 10:00AM-2:00PM (note: our market hours have changed from last year). 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 (including conventional, organic, and biodynamic)
  • 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

Here is what you need to do:

  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 2018 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. Buskers can apply at any time but spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis; more information (including how to apply to be a busker) can be found here.

Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm at the UBC Farm: June 2 to October 27, 2017

Curious who is vending at our market in 2018? See a full list of vendor businesses here.

Come out for a lively farmers market right here at the UBC Farm every Saturday! 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 growers, bakers, craftspeople, prepared food, and live musicians. Since 2004, the on-site Saturday Farmers Market has provided a unique venue for experiential education and student research, including everything from agricultural business management and marketing to nutritional analysis.

Curious which vendors are at the market this week? Click here to see our interactive market map.

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. In 2018 we are also introducing a new discount for UBC students at the UBC Farm stall thanks to the Sustainable Food Access Fund. Show your student card at the cash register to save!

Market Details:

  • Payment – Cash , Interac and credit card are accepted. Cheques are accepted for purchases over $30. Please note that some other vendors present at the market only accept cash.
  • Parking – Please park outside of the farm gate in the lot or on Ross Drive, both of which offer 2 hours free. Three spots in our parking lot are reserved for persons of limited mobility. As parking space is limited, market customers are encouraged to carpool, bus, bike, or walk to the farm. See our Directions, Hours, and Contact Information page for directions and maps. Please drive carefully and watch for pedestrians, children and cyclists.
  • Plastic bag charge – In order to reduce consumption of plastic bags, the UBC Farm charges 10 cents per plastic produce bag used (there is no charge for pre-bagged items). Customers are encouraged to bring and reuse plastic produce bags and inform the cashiers when they have done so.
  • Bring your own shopping bags – Market customers are encouraged to bring reusable shopping bags in which to pack your purchases. The UBC Farm will gladly accept donations of clean, used grocery bags to have on hand.
  • 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 table. 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 on the hill above the market five minutes prior. These public tours are provided for individuals, families and small groups interested (10 people or less) in learning more about the UBC Farm. Please dress weather appropriately (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.

Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:30pm at the UBC Farm: dates to be announced

The UBC Farm Tuesday evening market features our farm-fresh veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs. Stop by and pick up some fresh ingredients for dinner! Cash is the preferred method of payment. Interac and credit card are also accepted. Customers are asked to bring their own bags.

Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm at the UBC Bookstore: dates to be announced

The UBC Farm Wednesday Campus Market features an assortment of fresh UBC Farm produce 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 is the preferred method of payment. Interac and credit card are also accepted. Customers are asked to bring their own bags.