As the Farmers’ Markets open and the berry farms begin to harvest, think about how many miles the food you buy has to travel. Your dinner may have traveled an average 2500 km to reach your plate!
How far has my food traveled?
It's very difficult to be sure. A food's country of origin may be on the label but, beyond this, it's generally impossible to tell how far the food has travelled and by what means. The means of transport - as well as the distance - is an important consideration. A long journey by boat, for example, has less environmental impact than a shorter one by road.
Your food choices may represent your second-largest contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. But, by purchasing locally, you not only reduce your footprint, but you support a vibrant, local economy that can supply your needs and those of future generations.
You, the individual consumer, can make a difference right away. Simply walking to local shops, when possible, and buying fresh ingredients to cook at home does have an impact.
Get Local is an alliance of BC food producers, businesses, and groups working together to promote eating locally in the Metro Vancouver area. Get Local offers education about the benefits of eating locally, a growing list of businesses that are producing and selling local food, an incredible Seasonal Availability Chart and great updates every week.
100 Mile Diet
In 2005, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon began a one-year experiment in local eating. Their novel is a great read!
Local Vancouver Food Markets:
for a current list of Vancouver Markets
During the summer months
Westside Pocket Market
- Thursdays 3-7 pm
Trout Lake Market - Saturdays
West End Farmers' Market - Saturdays
Main Street Farmers' Market - Wednesdays
Kitsilano Farmers' Market - Sundays
During the winter
Nat Bailey Stadium - Saturdays
Holiday Market - one day only - Dec 11th 10am-6pm
Croatian Cultural Center
North Shore Farmer's Market
Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Wednesday 11am - 5pm
West Vancouver Farmer's Market
Dundrave: Saturdays, 2400 block of Marine Dr. or Ambleside, Sundays, 1400 block of Bellevue
White Rock Farmer's Market
Near the famous "Whale Wall", at Russell and Johnston Rd (152nd St) in uptown White Rock
mid - June to mid - October
Sunday 9am - 1pm
UBC Farm Market
UBC Farm Harvest Hut
6128 South Campus Road