The apples, pears and onions in our kitchens are telling us that winter is just around the corner, but before we officially pull out our mitts and warm winter hats, we would like to take a moment to look back on the summer markets that brought in so many people in search of berries, zucchini and summer flavours of Sticky Spoon jam.
The Vancouver Farmers Market in the West End is truly a picturesque venue. In the heart of downtown, nudged between heritage homes and a beautifully restored community garden and park, the West End market is possibly the prettiest of all markets. Ever.
We attended our very first Trout Lake Market this year as well. Loyal shoppers have been visiting this market for decades and, in addition to being somewhat bigger than the other venues, its location makes for a perfect family day; a large park for a picnic, a lake for swimming, an area designated for dogs to run free, many food trucks if anyone happens to be peckish... why would you want to shop for groceries anywhere else?
And then there is the sophisticated Shangri-La Market, where all the vendors go out of their way to make every vegetable and pastry look particularly exquisite and the chef and staff put such efforts into welcoming Sunday morning wanderers and shoppers.
We had a great time and want to thank everyone who visited us this summer. On the bright side, you no longer have to keep track of your favourite vendors' market locations: the Winter Market hosts them all every Saturday morning at Nat Bailey Stadium. If the rest of the Winter is anything like last Saturday, market days will be filled with sun and warm weather and shopping for produce and locally prepared foods will be a treat. Find us at Nat Bailey for the Winter Market on the following dates: February 9th, March 9th and April 13th 2013.
Lately, Sticky Spoon has turned into a holiday jam factory; gift boxes are being made, stamps and pairing tags are stacking up in abundance, special orders are being filled, visits to the post office are more and more frequent and we have been setting aside many cases of jam for these markets so a wide variety will be available for purchase, including new flavours.
You can find us at the Got Craft Market on Sunday, December 9th from 10am to 5pm at the Croatian Cultural Center, 3250 Commercial Drive. 50 bags of goodies will be given away to the first guests on that day and half of these will include small jars of Sticky Spoon jams so we recommend that you arrive early... We have seen a sneak peek of many of the items that will be put into these swag bags and trust us, they are worth it. We look forward to attending and shopping ourselves! Shop local this holiday season; we know we will.
We will also be participating in the 17th annual VFM Holiday Market, at the Croatian Cultural Center as well, on Saturday December 15th from 10am to 4pm. Many of our favourite vendors will be under one roof and it draws a big crowd every year.
To everyone involved in creating great summer markets, thank you. Now, let the winter market season begin... See you soon!