|If you were to create a Venn diagram where one circle was labeled “cheap” and the other labeled “awesome”, the middle point where they cross over could be labeled “Vancouver on the Cheap”. In other words, this is a weekly series on things to do and places to go in Vancouver that fall into that magical category of being both cheap and awesome.Got a cheap-living tip you’d like to share? Send it in here or tweet it to @andreaxuaxua (#cheapthing)!|
We love our Farmer’s Markets here in Vancouver, but everyone knows that they aren’t always the cheapest way to get local produce. While it’s certainly worth it to pay a little extra for locally grown goods, sometimes the budget is on the tighter side. This is where the Curbside Fresh Markets step in! A project of Vancouver’s Food Banks, they offer (almost) 100% local produce at amazing prices. (Disclaimer, occasionally one or two items sneak in that aren’t BC grown, simply because there aren’t any sources, but it’s all as close as it can get!) I stopped by the South Granville location the other day and picked up an easy week’s worth of veggies, including several Okanagan peaches, for under $10! They have a few different locations and times, and appear to be open to adding on locations as the South Granville spot only just opened.
Curbside Fresh Markets:
Tuesdays 1:30pm-5:30pm: Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton)
Wednesdays 11am-1pm: South Granville Seniors Centre (1420 W 12th Ave)
Wednesdays 2pm-6pm: Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 E Broadway)
Thursdays 2pm-6pm: Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce St)
Fridays 2pm-6pm: Mt. Pleasant Community Centre (1 Kingsway)