I finally got the chance to hit up the Squamish Farmers’ Market — and it was awesome.
It’s the perfect little market, with plenty of variety and not too many duplicates. On this particular Saturday — and the lineup switches up — there were a handful of farmers with fresh produce, some vendors serving up hot food (I fended off hunger with a tasty empanada), lots of beverage booths (from wine to ginger beer to kombucha), baked goods and fresh breads, items for the pantry (tea, jam, sauces), and a few artisans thrown in for good measure.
My personal strategy involves a first lap spent weaving through the stands, making no firm commitments until the second time around. Today’s spree was fairly limited as I’m trying to empty, not fill, the fridge in preparation for an upcoming vacation. I was bummed to miss out on the fresh eggs — note to self, go earlier next time — but I was pleased with my haul, which included a loaf of sourdough and a pain au chocolate from Rising Knead Bakery, no-sugar-added raspberry jam with a biscuit from Jam ‘n Music, a carton of fresh peaches, and the aforementioned empanada.
The usual tips apply: BYO reusable bags, have plenty of cash on hand, and despite what those How to Live magazines may tell you — go hungry. Head to the market on Saturdays between 10 AM and 3 PM from May to October downtown Squamish, at the corner of Cleveland Ave. and Victoria St.