If the water, wharf and picturesque scenery isn’t enough to visit the cute town of Steveston in Richmond, the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market certainly is.

Welcome to Steveston Farmers & Artisan Market - web

Now in its sixth year, the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market is a perfect (rain or shine) Sunday activity during the summer. The market runs the first and third Sunday of every month and it’s located right beside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and stretches around the property. Not only is it the chance to support local businesses, you buy with the confidence knowing the product is fresh or handmade from the vendor selling it.

With over 40 vendors selling everything from fresh produce to one-of-a-kind belts, there is truly something for everyone. There were however, a few vendors in particular that got my attention.

The Farm House

Cheese, fresh wonderful cheese! The Farm House produces their cheese in Agassiz. Not only do their cows and goats get to munch on the luscious fields in the Fraser Valley, their milk comes from a small herd of Guernsey and Brown Swiss cows. These are ancient breeds whose milk has a higher percentage of beta carotene and A2 protein than other domestic breeds. Their truck visits a number of markets around the city throughout the summer, with Steveston being on their route.

Don’t let the photo fool you, there was a line-up for their cheeses, I waited very patiently for this photo.

Having lived in Montreal for a number of years, I’m always on the lookout for cheese curds. A lot of places claim to have cheese curds, but to know if it’s fresh (and good), it has to pass the “Squeak” test. That’s right: when you bite into fresh cheese curd, it should be springy and have a little squeak to it. When the vendor told me the cheese had been made two days earlier, I knew I had to give it a try. I’m happy to report that it passed the test with flying colours.

The Farm House cheddar curds- web

The Farm House
5634 McCallum Road
Agassiz, BC
V0M 1A3
Twitter – @FHCheeses
Facebook – The Farm House
Instagram – @farmhousecheeses

Solodko Bakery

I’m a sucker for anything with poppy seeds. When I passed the Solodko Bakery, it reminded me of the Jewish pastry called Hamentaschen which are those triangular-shaped baked goods that are filled with a number of different fruits, including poppy seeds. My curiosity had me, so I had to inquire what I was looking at. I was informed that Solodko means “sweet” in Ukrainian. Pirozhki is a word for individual-size baked buns which can be filled with any variety of fillings, both sweet and savoury.

Solodko Apple and Poppy Seed - web
The owners came to British Columbia from Ukraine in 2012 and brought their time-tested and family recipes with them. I opted for the apple and poppy seed pirozhki, which was loaded with fresh chunks of apple and poppy seeds. The pastry itself was soft, buttery and perfect.

Be sure to check out their Facebook page to find out where they’ll be next as they continue to spread Ukrainian, Polish and other Slavic goodies around Vancouver.

Solodko Bakery
Facebook – Solodko Bakery
Instagram – @SolodkoBakery

Four Winds Brewing Co.

With it being after 12pm and needing something to wash down my cheese curds and pirozhki, Four Winds Brewing Co. was calling out to me. Located in Delta, Four Winds just recently celebrated their one year anniversary. On this particular day, they were sampling their Pale Ale and Saison. Of course I had to try both, but I was more interested in sampling the Saison as I had been hearing more about that particular kind of beer. Joe Wiebe (aka The Thirsty Writer) and a craft beer expert explains what a Saison is,

The Saison. Originating in Wallonia, a French-speaking region of Belgium, Saison ales are also called “Farmhouse Ales” because they were brewed by farmers in the winter, re-fermented in barrels and then served to the field workers or “saisoniers” in the Summer.

Four Winds Beer - webI was particular intrigued because as a summer ale, it’s meant to be refreshing, dry and fruity. I’m happy to announce my first Saison was a success. The Saison from Four Winds had a bit of spice and sweetness to it. It wasn’t overly hoppy and I could have one (or three) while sitting on a patio or by the water on a warm summer day.

Four Winds Brewing Co.
7355 72 Street
Delta, BC
V4G 1L5
Twitter – @FourWindsBrewCo
Facebook – Four Winds Brewing Co.

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

Vancouver to Steveston is no more than a 30 minute drive. Although it’s become a popular summer destination for tourists and locals alike, the town continues to maintain its quaint and unique charm. Between the market, walking along the wharf, the allure of fish & chips and snacking on local treats, it makes for the perfect day.

The market runs the first and third Sunday until September 21st.

Twitter – @stevestonmarket
Facebook – The Farm House
Instagram – @stevestonfarmersmarket

Stevestons Farmers Market

It’s no surprise that Lindsay explored (and ate) her way through Steveston, check out her Steveston adventures!

About Our Guest Writer: Ethan Adeland is a freelance food and travel writer and the voice behind FeedingEthan. He shares his honest adventures in the kitchen, behind the camera or iPhone and wherever his travels may take him. He has never turned down an opportunity to Instagram a sunset or his next meal.