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08 Jun 2016 6:30 PM (PDT) • 1055 West Broadway, 2nd Floor Boardroom
14 Jun 2016 5:30 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 2305 west 7th Ave, Vancouver
15 Jun 2016 6:00 PM (PDT) • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (Kits House)
23 Jun 2016 3:00 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 7th and Vine
30 Jun 2016 3:00 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 7th and Vine
07 Jul 2016 3:00 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 7th and Vine


The Westside Community Food Market

The Westside Community Food Market is back for 2016!

2015 Market season video by Erik Andersen. Thanks Erik!

Is local, sustainable food not accessible enough for you?

The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) and Kitsilano Neighbourhood House are trying to change that for residents of the Westside. Together, we will be co-hosting the Westside Community Food Market again in 2016, starting on June 23. Stay tuned for the updates and be ready to pick up fresh local produce, baked goods, and other delicious food products on Thursday evenings, from 3 pm to 7 pm, at the corner of West 7th Ave and Vine.

If you are interested in being a food or arts and crafts vendor at the market, please read the vendor guidelines and fill out the online application by April 13, 2016.

We will also pilot an off-season market from mid-April to mid-June. Check out the guidelines here and contact us if you are interested.

The Westside Community Food Market - sponsored in 2015 by Vancity, the City of Vancouver, and Whole Foods Market (Kitsilano Store) - gives small local vendors an opportunity to sell their produce directly to customers, while also helping low-income and vulnerable populations access local foods that are close to home through a coupon program.

 And another video prepared by one of our vendors, Fatih Balkis, in 2012!


The Pocket Market was built on a pilot project by KNH which sought to build the local food movement by creating additional avenues for local food producers to connect with local food consumers. The market also served as an educational vehicle for local and seasonal eating and many market visitors took the opportunity to interact with vendors to learn about preparing and cooking new local produce. For small vendors, the market provided an important source of revenue and an opportunity to directly connect and get feedback from consumers. 

"The direct contact between me as a producer and to the consumer; being able to collect feedback on the spot and develop a relationship that goes beyond “selling”. It is very important for me to go beyond simple supply and demand”.  - Pocket Market Vendor.

Read the 2011 full report HERE!

Read the 2012 full report HERE!

Read the 2013 full report And you can find it right here!

You can also access a summary slide show HERE.


More photos of the Market can be found on PickNShow


This short film by Michael Millard features one of our Pocket Market vendors Alicia Baddorf from World in a Garden.

Watch Alicia Baddorf by How Do You Do

The Westside Community Food Market Contact:
604 736 7732

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