The ultimate guide to Victoria's farmer's markets

Here's your guide to all of the South Island's best farmers, artisans, and small-scale creators

📸: Metchosin Farmer's Market / Facebook

Vancouver Island is home to some incredible farmers, bakers, and artisans. In order to take advantage of what the city offers, we have compiled this comprehensive guide to all things farmers markets.

Grab your reusable tote bag and head down to one of these markets this weekend.

Moss Street Market

This year-round market features vendors selling farm produce, art, jewelry, and local foods. The market also has an online shopping feature where customers can place a market order ahead of time and pick it up from its Online Order Pickup Tent. In November, the market will move indoors to the Sir James Douglas school gym and Garry Oak Room. This market is dog-friendly.

Address: Sir James Douglas school grounds and Porter Park, corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road
Hours: April-October: Saturdays, 10am-2pm; November-March: Saturdays, 10am-1pm.
Instagram: @mossstmarket

James Bay Community Market

James Bay’s farmers market hosts over 50 vendors selling baked goods, local craft brews, produce, and clothing. The market also hosts a live music tent with rotating performers each week.

Address: Corner of Menzies Street and Superior Street
Hours: May to late September: Saturdays, 9am-3pm
Instagram: @jamesbaymarket

Oak Bay Village Night Market

This European-style market happens one evening a month throughout the summer. Shop street food, beer, wine, baked goods, and produce. The market also hosts live music and magician shows. Artisan vendors sell jewelry, soaps, and art.

Address: 2100 and 2200 blocks of Oak Bay Avenue
Hours: June-September: second Wednesday of each month, 4-8pm

Oaklands Sunset Market

This market focuses on uplifting local foods, arts, and culture with an aim to spread awareness about food security and sustainable food practices. The market has a beer garden hosted by Hoyne Brewing. The market’s last gathering is this Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Address: Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave. #1
Hours: Late June-September: Wednesdays, 4:30-8:30pm

Esquimalt Farmers Market

Shop farm produce, wine and beer, baked goods, and artisan crafts every Thursday at Memorial Park. As of Sept. 21, the market will move to Esquimalt Recreation. This market seeks to build community relationships with the local food system. This market is not dog-friendly.

Address: Thursdays at Memorial Park; and, Mondays at Gorge Park.
Hours: April to mid-September: Thursdays, 4:30-7:30pm in Memorial Park; mid-September to mid-December, Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm at Esquimalt Recreation.
Instagram: @esquimaltmarket 

Goldstream Farmers Market

This community market for the Westshore focuses on the homemade, the handmade, and the homegrown. The market hosts local musicians who play live music. It takes place Saturdays at Veterans Memorial Park.

Address: Veterans Memorial Park, Aldwynd Road
Hours: May to mid-October: Saturdays, 10am-2pm
Instagram: @goldstream_mkt

Metchosin Farmers Market

This is a true country market with vendors selling local meats, produce, canning, textile creations, and baked goods. This market is every Sunday until late October.

Address: Metchosin Municipal Grounds, Happy Valley Road
Hours: Mid-May to late October: Sundays, 11am-2pm
Instagram: @metchosinfarmersmarket

Sooke Country Market

Sooke’s community market hosts vendors selling fish, produce, baked goods, and maple syrup. It is also the home to craft vendors selling art, textiles, and ceramics. It takes place every Saturday on the field above Sooke Fire Hall.

Address: 2047 Otter Point Rd.
Hours: May-October: Saturdays, 10am-2pm
Instagram: @sookecountrymarket

North Saanich Farm Market

This Saturday country market hosts vendors selling everything from produce, wild caught seafood, specialty mushrooms, and honey to sparkling wine, cider soaps, fragrances, and ceramics.

Address: St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Rd.
Hours: June-October: Saturdays, 9:30am-12:30pm
Instagram: @nsaanichfarmmarket

Peninsula Country Market

This farmers market at Saanich Fairground sells produce, crafts, and baked goods. It also boasts an educational activity based kid zone that includes story time circles and face painting. The market has live performances each week.

Address: Saanich Fairground, 1528 Stelly’s Crossroad
Hours: June to early October: Saturdays, 9am-1pm
Instagram: @peninsulacountrymarket 

Sidney Street Market

Sidney’s night market is held weekly on Beacon Avenue. The market has a valet service hosted by Capital Bike to encourage people to cycle to the market. The market hosts an extensive list of vendors ranging from jewelry and produce to coffee and seafood.

Address: Mary Winspear Centre
Hours: Mid-May to mid-October: Sundays, 11am-3pm
Instagram: @sidneybcmarket

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