Farmers are set to return to the PNE Fairgrounds this weekend, as Hastings Park becomes the site of Vancouver's newest farmers' market.
Roberta LaQuaglia, operations manager for Vancouver Farmers Markets says the site has agricultural roots that may have diminished over time, but she's excited about bringing "a little piece of that back to the PNE."
As the summer markets wind down, the new market at the site of the PNE Fairgrounds presents an opportunity for those still hungry to get their local food fix. The market will sell meat, produce, cheese, other locally-prepared food products and crafts.
Patricia Barnes, executive director for the the Hastings North Business Improvement Association expects the market will fit in with the quickly-changing neighbourhood.
"We've been called the 'hipster area,'" she says. "I think it just shows where this area has come, and how much it's changed over the last 10 to 15 years.
Markets will be held each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a trial basis, from October 5th to December 7th.
LaQuaglia says Vancouver Farmers Markets will survey vendors, neighbours and market-goers to see if there's a case to be made for a full-season market next year.