Although I’m sure I could do a much better job at buying local, it becomes much easier for me to do so this time of year between the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market and the Ladner Village Market. Every Sunday from now until the end of summer (both markets run 10:00 – 4:00 alternating Sundays – LVM: June 13 & 27; July 11 & 25; Aug. 8 & 22; Sept. 12 & SFAM: May 23, June 6 & 20; July 4 & 18; Aug. 1, 15 & 29; Sept. 12 & 26; Oct 10), each market will bring together a variety of local vendors who provide anything from fresh fruit, veggies & baked goods to plants & handmade wares. I’ve had some great success at obtaining some of the best produce I’ve found at both, bought my parents a fantastic framed print of the Ladner harbour for their anniversary a couple years back from one of the vendors at the Ladner Village Market, and today found some pretty decent smoked Olive Oil and Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinegar that I plan on giving someone as a gift (if I don’t use it myself). Everything you could need to get by seems to be available.
But that brings me to think of other ways we can support local business beyond events that bring us all together – what do you do in your own way to shop local?