One of my favorite markets anywhere is the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver. Situated on a piece of reclaimed land, it's become a peninsula and is an island in name only. It adjoins False Creek and Burrard Inlet south of downtown Vancouver and is one of those places everyone visiting Vancouver for a few days should see. It's not the prettiest setting, not the fanciest facility, but is a colorful venue with a wonderful assortment of food and eateries, and personable vendors (you'd expect no less from Canadians, eh?)
Besides its Public Market, Granville Island has interesting shops and galleries, a broad assortment of restaurants, and a number of theaters. Granville Island prides itself in its community of craft studios including: a glassblowing studio, printmaking studios, a master sakÉ maker, jewellers, the B.C. Potter's Guild, boatbuilders, a woodworkers studios, etc. Outfitters offer sea kayaking tours and rentals. There are also fishing charters, whale-watching tours, boat tours and sailing adventures available. So it's easy to spend a full day on Granville Island and never get hungry, thirsty or bored.
The Public Market farmer's market is open year round as it's indoors. Besides the fresh produce and such, there are more than 70 places to grab a bite to eat. It's bustling in the evenings and especially on the weekends, which is a great time to people watch. The place is popular with locals and with tourists and draws millions of visitors a year.
Today's post features the produce at the Public Market as I found it when I visited the first weekend in October. A second post highlights "the rest" of the Public Market -- seafood, meats, cheese, baked goods and such, which you can read at this link.