If the Whistler community could be summed up in a single event, it would have to be the farmer’s market.
The farmer’s market is a true representation of what makes Whistler so great: the talented artisans, the friendly vendors, the scrumptious locally grown produce, and the non-stop entertainment and activities, right at the base of beautiful Blackcomb Mountain.
If you’re looking for an excuse to pop by the farmer’s market – either on Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM, or Wednesday evenings from 3 PM to 7 PM – you’re in luck, because we’ve got ten!
1. Get Your Shop On
Sure, you could hit up a regular grocery store for your weekly shop, but the farmer’s market is so much more fun! With plenty of organic options and the freshest produce possible, your meals will taste that much better with farmer’s market-derived ingredients. Plus, you’ll feel great supporting the local farmers.
2. Presenting Pemberton Distillery
Thanks to changes in liquor bylaws, alcohol sales are now permitted in the province of British Columbia. Whistler’s farmer’s market was one of the first in the province to incorporate the changed bylaws by welcoming Pemberton Distillery onboard.
The Schramm family now samples and sells their Pemberton-made spirits on market days—just stop by their booth, and they will happily tell you what makes their products so unique.
3. Games, Games, and More Games
Let’s be clear: the Whistler farmer’s market is not your average market. Kids will be over-the-moon happy when they discover the family adventure zone right next to the market. Mini golf, bouncy castles, and bungee aerials are just a few of the activities that will keep your kids entertained.
4. The Sweetest Things
Between locally made Lucia Gelato, Purebread’s one-of-a-kind delicacies, Sgt Popper’s divine-smelling popcorn, Sweet Thea’s Cakes (and macarons and cookies and pies and more) and the many other dessert-oriented vendors, you’ll have no trouble satisfying your sweet tooth at the market.
5. One-of-a-Kind Mementos
The Sea to Sky is home to some seriously talented people. You’ll be awe-struck by the gorgeous candles, the all-natural beauty products, the glistening jewelry, and all of the other unique products crafted by local artisans. Whether you’re picking up a hostess gift or a little treat for yourself, the Whistler farmer’s market showcases items you won’t find anywhere else.
6. Bump Into Your Neighbours
Navigating the crowds is part of the fun of the Whistler Farmer’s Market—you’re almost guaranteed to bump into a neighbour or a long-lost friend. The market is as much about the social as it is the shopping.
7. Music to Your Ears
The Whistler farmer’s market is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village. To get there from the main Village, just follow your ears: buskers line the short trail that links the Village to the Upper Village and you’ll be tapping your feet the whole way.
8. It’s Story Time
The local vendors are extremely friendly, so don’t be afraid to chat them up. Ask them about their products and get the story behind how it’s all made. It will inspire you to appreciate your market finds in a whole new way.
9. Come Hungry
Did somebody say food carts? It’s almost impossible to ignore the tantalizing smells wafting through the air, so bring some extra cash to sample meat pies, samosas, cabbage rolls, chili, crepes, snow cones, and the other items on the weekly menu.
10. Save Room for Squamish and Pemberton
Whistler isn’t the only community in the Sea to Sky corridor to host an incredible farmer’s market:
Check out the Squamish Summer Market on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. Located at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Victoria Street, the Squamish market has everything from eggs and meat to artwork.
The Pemberton Farmer’s Market takes place Wednesdays from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM, featuring fresh produce grown quite literally just around the corner. Tarot card readings and live performances are just a few of the things that will keep you entertained.