One of our favourite things to do is visit local Farmer's Markets. There is nothing better than locally grown produce and we're very fortunate on Vancouver Island that we have an extended growing season compared with the rest of Canada.
Lately, we've been enjoying strawberries, tomatoes, fresh local organic bread and the best scones EVER from Slow Rise on Gabriola, honey from Freidrich's, meat and eggs from Errington as well as locally grown organic teas.
Here's a list of local Farmer's Markets so that you too can enjoy some local goodness!
Downtown Farmer's Market on Fridays at the waterfront plaza.
Rutherford Market on Saturdays in the Rutherford (now called Nanaimo North Town Centre) parking lot.
Bowen Farmer's Market on Wednesday afternoons in Bowen Park
Cedar Farmer's Market on Sundays in Cedar at the Crow and Gate parking lot. (this is my personal favourite, great atmosphere, great people, great music and best of all: great food!)
Thursday Nite Live Ladysmith Market Thursday nights during July and August downtown Ladysmith
Duncan Farmer's Market on Saturdays. I think this one runs nearly year round (closed from mid-Jan to mid-March)