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

During the 2020 growing season we are offering two markets each week, both located at the UBC Farm.

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. As a result of COVID-19, our market will not local musicians this year. Tuesday Evening 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. Seasonal u-picks for berries, pumpkins, hops and more often take place alongside our markets, but this is undetermined for the 2020 season because of COVID-19. Stay tuned for updates, and make sure you are aware of our Shopper Guidelines for the season, found below.

Saturday Farmers' Markets

Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm at the UBC Farm: June 5 to November 27, 2021
Safe Shopping Hours 10:00am-10:30am: We are reserving a 30 minute window of time for seniors (65+), shoppers with mobility challenges, and others most vulnerable to COVID-19 at our Saturday Market.

Don't miss the only farmers' market in Vancouver located on a working farm! Get your fill of fresh local meats and produce, browse the yummy treats and enjoy the outdoors while you grab lunch and a coffee-to-go.

In addition to certified organic and farm-fresh produce, fruits, herbs, 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, and prepared foods, alongside food and coffee trucks.

Market Details:
  • Safe Shopping Hours 10:00am-10:30am: We are reserving a 30 minute window of time for seniors (65+), shoppers with mobility challenges, and others most vulnerable to COVID-19 at our Saturday Market.
  • Do not shop if sick - In accordance with the restrictions outlined by the BCCDC, we will restrict entry to anyone who is ill. Stay home if you are sick to keep our markets safe!
  • Parking - The lot directly outside the UBC Farm is only for folks with accessibility needs. Review this map to see other parking areas, marked in orange. Click here for more parking options in the Wesbrook Village, including EV and car share areas.
  • Reusable bags - Reusable bags will not be encouraged at our market this year, but are permitted in the market area as long as customers fill the bags themselves and do not place their bags on any surfaces. Do not bring containers to have filled at the market.
  • Payments - We encourage card payments at this time, but cash remains to be a payment option.
  • Entry queues - There will be two queues located outside the UBC Farm parking lot. One for seniors and vulnerable shoppers (open 10 am- 10:30 am), and the other for general customers. Please wait in the appropriate queue until our staff tells you to enter the market area.
  • One-way traffic - Our market has one-way traffic this year. Please follow signage and know that you will be asked to leave if you do not follow our guidelines while at the market.
  • Hand sanitizing - Please sanitize your hands upon entering the market at our sanitization station. Within the market there is a handwashing station and a few more sanitization stations to keep your hands clean throughout your visit.
  • Physical distancing - We will be limiting the amount of people in the market area at one time this year. There will be queues for you to wait in outside the market area, please maintain a 2 metre distance from all other visitors throughout your time at the market and in queues.
  • Shop solo - We ask that you only have one person per household attend the market, where possible, to reduce wait times and facilitate physical distancing.
  • Shop don’t stop- please buy what you need and exit the market. This shortens queues and reduces risk for everyone!
  • Vendor Queues - Pylons mark the start of a vendor queue, maintain a distance of 2 metres from all other customers in the queue.
  • Grabbing your goods - Please avoid touching vendor products, unless directly instructed by the vendor themselves. In most cases vendors will package products for you, but in situations when you are packing your own bag, do not let your personal items come in contact with their work space.
  • Seating areas - There will be no seating or gathering areas available at the market or on the Farm site. All food or coffee will be served to go, and we ask that you please take your purchases off-site to enjoy.
  • Weekly Map - Market maps will be updated on the Friday before market so you can see exactly where vendors will be located.
  • Market Prizes - UBC Farm Market Stamp Cards will not be used this season, but we will still be drawing winners for market gift cards every two months. Here are the details on how to enter for our draw-prize:

When we draw - We will draw two winners every two months (Jun/Jul, Aug/Sept, Oct/Nov). The draws will take place at the end of July and September, and we will do our final draw in mid-November.

Prizes - We will draw two winners that will each receive $25 in UBC Farm Market gift cards.

Survey entries -Fill out one shopper survey within every two-month interval and include your email to enter for a prize. Your email will only be entered once, so please only submit one survey per draw period.
Social media entries - If you want more chances to win, post a photo of what you purchase at our market on Instagram. On you post, tag @UBCFarm and use the hashtag #UBCFarmHaul. You can receive one extra entry each week if you make a post (new hauls needed each week)!

Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:30pm at the UBC Farm (June 2 to October 27, 2020)

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.

Wednesday markets are cancelled until further notice

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.

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.

The market takes place every Saturday from June 5 – November 27, 2021 at UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. while 10:00 a.m. to 10:30AM is our Safe Shopping time: reserved for seniors, and other individuals at-risk due to COVID-19. 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)
    • Nursery Products
    • Service Vendors (such as massage and bike repairs)
    • Alcohol (such as beer, wine, cider and spirits)
    • Wild Harvest
    • Craft Vendors (including pet care and body products)
    • Because of COVID-19 we will not have Community Tables featured at our market this season.

Our 2021 Saturday Market Vendor Application is currently open and accepting applications.

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 2021 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 Kyne Tsai at ubcfarm.market@ubc.ca or (604)-822-5092.

Interested in busking at our market?

If you are interested in busking and would like to be put on our contact list for the 2021 Market Season please email ubcfarm.market@ubc.ca with the subject line "Busking at Market."

 
CSA

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. Additionally, we often host several CSA-exclusive U-pick sessions throughout the season.

As part of the UBC Farm's COVID-19 response, we are going ahead with our growing season and our CSA program. We have also expanded our Tuesday CSA this year as a means to accommodate more people in order to provide more shares to our community in this trying time. We have a total of 180 members with us this year. In addition to that, we are also taking extra precautions in the form of further sanitation measures in order to safeguard the health and well-being of our community.

Produce CSA

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 locally at the UBC Farm.

Program Duration

The program typically starts mid-June and runs until the end of October. 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.

Dates to be announced for CSA 2021.

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. Please reach out to us if you're expecting to miss picking up your share, we strongly encourage you to arrange for someone else to pick up your share for you.

Please note that we do not have the capacity to allow for other alternate pick-up times, nor are we able to hold your share until the next available pick-up day. Refunds will not be issued for missed pick-up.

Pick-up changes for Saturday CSA: The pick-up stand has been relocated closer to the gate, beside the outdoor cooler. This will not only increase the visibility of the stand but also facilitate the ease of access to everyone coming in and out through the gate with this year's queue system. We will have an option for you to skip the queue if you'd rather only pick up your share instead without browsing the other vendors.

Cost

$600 membership for the season, which equates to a $30.00 value per week over a 20 week season. Online debit or credit card payment for the CSA Program is due at the time of registration. The payment is 80% refundable up to May 30, 2021, and non-refundable thereafter.

Waitlist

The CSA 2020 program has ended. Please click here to sign up for the 2021 waitlist.

Important Dates:

Registration status: Registration for CSA 2021 will begin in early February. Please click the link above to sign up for the waitlist.

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.

If you are registered for our 2020 CSA and have not been receiving our weekly CSA newsletter after the first pick-up day, please send us an email for you to be added to our mailing list.

We are excited to be able to open up a flower share this year to accompany our usual produce CSA. The bouquets will be freshly arranged and ready for you to bring home on your pickup day. We are currently allotting 25 spots for Tuesday pickup and 20 spots for Saturday pickup.

Cost and Pick-up Details

Pick-up hours will follow our produce CSA hours (4pm-6:30pm on Tuesdays and 11am-2pm on Saturdays). Further details and registration information for the Flower CSA 2021 will be announced in May 2021.

Waitlist

To sign up for the 2021 flower CSA waitlist, please click here.

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 within our CSA weekly newsletter.

How do I pick-up?

Our pick-up location is situated in front of the harvest hut near the gate. You would need to sign in and provide your own bags to carry produce home with you. For the 2020 season: Please bring a pen to sign in with as to limit contact. We encourage that face masks be worn for extra safety, however, it is not required. The shares will be divided in advance to facilitate ease and speed of pick-up. Additionally, social distancing measures will be in effect for everyone on site.

What if I can't make it to pick-up on time?

Unfortunately, pick-up is unavailable outside of the listed pick-up days. Therefore, please email us at ubcfarm.csa@ubc.ca as know as soon as possible for us to arrange an alternate solution for you. We will not be able to hold your share past your chosen pick-up day.

Can I purchase add-ons?

There are two ways to purchase add-ons. 1) Members can add a flower CSA when available or place specific orders for seasonal specialty & bulk items communicated through the CSA newsletter. 2) 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.

If you have any further questions, please contact our CSA Coordinator, Kyne Tsai, at ubcfarm.csa@ubc.ca or (604)-822-5092.

 
Wholesale

Buying Wholesale

Direct sales from the UBC Farm fields to local restaurants.

The UBC Farm has made efforts to connect restaurants and chefs in the city of Vancouver with our local, sustainable, and organic produce. Chefs have the opportunity to place an order directly with our farmers week-to-week, and our team will harvest the produce fresh to order and deliver directly to the Chef's kitchen on Tuesdays. These supply relationships allow further representation of the UBC Farm's mission to spread beyond our academic campus and engage the public in the importance of local purchasing at all levels.

Please contact us for information on direct sales of UBC Farm produce.

 
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

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 only sell flowers by the bucket to those interested in arranging themselves, leaving the creative vision or arrangements in your capable hands.

Curious to learn more? Send us an email at ubcfarm.sales@ubc.ca with your wedding date, vision for flowers in your ceremony, and any other questions you have about the process.

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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