What is local food?
Local food is food that is grown or farmed close to the place of sale and preparation. At the Coquitlam Farmers Market, all of our farmers grow and raise their products locally.
Why eat locally produced food?
The aim of eating local is to connect food producers (our farmers) and food consumers (you!), this develops self-sufficient food networks, improves the local economy, and strengthens the environment and community. Local foods also promote sustainable farming practices such as organic farming. Consuming local food also allows you to see the local variety in fruits and vegetables which means you get to enjoy fresh and in-season foods!
Here are just a few of the fruits and vegetables that are in season that you can find at the market:
Blueberries, cherries, cucumber, raspberries, salad greens, apricots, carrots, swiss chard, garlic scapes, zucchini, fava beans, nectarines, and so much more!
On Sunday July 21 our POP Club kids will be learning about what local food means, the benefits of eating local, and about what fruits and vegetables are in season at the market. learn more about the POP Club here and visit us at the market to register.
The POP Club is a farmer’s market-based kids program. Children (ages 5 – 12 years old) will learn about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities all season long.
Each week children will earn a $3 market token to use towards any fruit or vegetable of their choice. There is no cost to participate and the program runs every Sunday rain or shine!