(Esquimalt Farmers Market/Facebook)

The beginning of September means cooler weather, an assortment of new fall drinks and for many, an excitement for the change of seasons. As the summer season comes to an end, so do many summer events and traditions.

This year, the summer market season looked quite different, however, Victoria Farmers Markets were still operating for islanders to enjoy.

Various farmers markets across Victoria were running throughout the summer to support local farmers and craft vendors while promoting physical distancing practices.

Here are five Victoria Farmers Markets to check out before the end of the summer season:

Esquimalt Farmers Market

The Esquimalt Farmers Market first launched in May 2015 and continues to be a popular summer market for locals. The market promotes supporting local business and building community, and features a large list of vendors that can be viewed on their website.

The market encourages donations (all non-perishable and perishable foods) which will go to the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, Rainbow Kitchen & Senior Program through the Esquimalt Recreation Center.

  • Where: Bullen Park, 527 Fraser St.
  • When: Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Last Day: September 24 2020

James Bay Market

The James Bay Market has been in operation for 25 years. Although this year’s event looks different (no food sampling or live music), visitors can still support local farms, food producers and craft vendors when they visit the James Bay staple.

  • Where: 494 Superior St.
  • When: Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Last day: September 26 2020

Bastion Square Market + Aristan Market

The Bastion Square Market is a year round downtown Victoria staple and favourite of both locals and tourists. During the summer months, the market also includes an Artisan Market showcasing different artists each weekend.

The Artisan Market allows visitors to view ceramics, paintings, artwork, clothing and more while meeting the artists in person.

  • Where: 26 Bastion Square
  • Last Day: September 27th 2020

Public Market

  • When: Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.

Artisan Market

  • When: July 4 to September 27, 2020, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Peninsula Country Market

The Peninsula Country Market has more than 50 vendors weekly offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted meats, organic produce and a fine selection of arts and crafts.

Although the market is not offering live music this year they have arranged some background music to accompany the market. Visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets to sit on.

  • Where: Saanich Fairgrounds (1528 Stellys Cross Rd.)
  • When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Last Day: October 10, 2020

Moss Street Market

Summer 2020 marks the 29th season of the Moss Street Market.The family favourite offers local and organic produce, handmade crafts, artisan clothing as well as community education.

Moss Street Market now offers an online market with delivery and pick up options. The organization also runs a Winter Market (November through April).

  • Where: 1330 Fairfield Rd.
  • When: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Last Day: October 31, 2020.

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