Farmers’ Markets: The Best Way to Enjoy Grocery Shopping

Hi there, it’s Amanda 🙂

Not too many people can say they love grocery shopping, especially with a 1.5 year old.  I won’t lie, it can be a bit of a chore.  So between May and October I like to change things up and head outdoors to one of the many farmers’ markets in the area.

I love the idea of buying bread from a baker, meat from a butcher, and produce from a farmer.  The Bowen Road Farmers’ Market is one of the best markets to find all your produce, meats and breads.  This market prides itself on being one of the only produce based markets.  The timing is perfect for me, Wednesdays between 4 and 6:30pm.  I can pick my little guy up from daycare and head straight over to the market.   There is such a great atmosphere at this market.  On hot days be sure to try some locally made ice cream from one of the vendors.

Fun at the Bowen Road Farmers' Market

Fun at the Bowen Road Farmers’ Market

Bowen Road

If you are looking for a unique gift or some snacks before heading over to Newcastle Island, stop by the Bastion Waterfront Farmers’ Market on Fridays between 2pm and 6pm.  Primarily a crafters market, it is a great place to find a little something for yourself or a friend.  After you are done shopping, take the opportunity to wander Nanaimo’s waterfront and be sure to check out the Bastion one of Nanaimo’s oldest buildings.

Bastion Waterfront Market (Credit: Bastion Waterfront Market)

Bastion Waterfront Market (Credit: Bastion Waterfront Market)

Make Sundays a full day of family of fun in the Cedar Yellow Point region.  The Cedar’s Farmers’ Market takes place every Sunday, from 10am – 2pm.  This is one of the largest markets in the area and has a large array of vendors from crafters to produce, to bakers and butchers.  Skip breakfast and try the fresh waffles and locally roasted coffee.

Cedar Farmer’s Market

Great for kids out in Cedar!

There is something whimsical and romantic about shopping at Farmers’ Markets.  Maybe it is the live music in the background, the artsy vendors, or the novelty of buying locally.  Whatever it is I am hooked!

Before I sign off here are some tips to make sure your next Farmers’ Market trip is successful:

  • Arrive early – “Early bird gets the worm”
  • Bring small bills. The vendors will appreciate it
  • Do a once a round. You don’t want to miss anything
  • Bring your own bag. It’s hard to carry a watermelon, eggs, and your veggies in your hands
  • Take your time, soak in the experience and do it right

Oh – and these aren’t the only Farmers’ Markets in Nanaimo & Region. For a full list of markets in the area, visit 

Enjoy and happy shopping!



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